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Undergraduate Certificate in Hospitality Management


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6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

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Managing hospitality operations takes skill and commitment, the Undergraduate Certificate in Hospitality Management is your springboard into the events and food operations industry.

This higher education short course in hospitality management will give you theoretical and practical understanding of the principles and standards for the hospitality industry. You will learn operations management fundamentals, accommodation management, event management and food and beverage operations.

As a graduate you will be equipped with leadership skills, digital literacy and other in-demand skills that will prepare you for work in the hospitality industry. You will be able to add essential skills to your career which may increase your employability at the time of a hospitality industry revitalisation.

Career Pathways

Where will the Undergraduate Certificate in Hospitality Management take me?

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this certificate, you will be eligible for entry to our Bachelor of Hospitality Management.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars moved online.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our learning management system, and conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams). This includes assessment wherever possible.

Alternative arrangements are being made for activities which must be conducted on-campus.

  • Workshops
  • Lecture
  • Online
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Throughout the degree you will be assessed through a combination of examinations, assignments, tests (written and practical), group and individual reports and projects, essays, practical tasks, literature reviews, journals, presentations, interviews, case studies, self-reflections and class participation.

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
BHM106 Accommodation Management Core The purpose of this subject is to provide an overview of the accommodation industry and to focus on the planning, implementation, management, review and other requirements of the reservations, front office and housekeeping operations. Students will analyse skills and knowledge of front office operations and use industry standard management information systems. 1
BHM108 Food and Beverage Operations Core The purpose of this subject is to introduce the knowledge and skills required to manage food and beverage operations within a commercial environment. Students will observe, participate and compare restaurant operations and service; and demonstrate management knowledge in a food and beverage context. It also provides a theoretical and practical framework for the management and administration of food and beverage operations. 1
BHM201 Management Fundamentals Core This subject introduces students to the concepts, principles and theories of contemporary management practice. Students will gain an overarching appreciation of the discipline of management which students will develop in greater depth as they proceed through the course. Students will also apply these management principles in activities designed to help them develop their management style and practice by exploring different ways of managing within a range of organisational types. 1
BHM203 Event Management Core This subject aims to develop students understanding of the operational and management elements of events management and to extend this knowledge of event operations through the application of event management concepts and theory in context. Students will stage and manage an event for a nominated industry partner and apply research methodologies to its planning, marketing, management and evaluation. Local, major and hallmark events will be used to provide a broad perspective of event operational issues and challenges. 1

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Fees & Costs

Fee-paying Places

Per year $
Per semester $5100
Per year $17800
Per semester $8900

When you are studying higher education courses you may qualify for FEE-HELP payments for part or all of your tuition fees. FEE-HELP loans do not cover materials costs.

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


All Applicants

All applicants are required to attend an interview.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with no specified minimum ATAR score and a study score of at least 20 in any English.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Successful completion of a VET diploma.

Applicants with higher education

A complete or incomplete higher education qualification.

Applicants with work and life experience

Relevant industry or life experience.

Higher Education Admissions Criteria

As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:

If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.

If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.

If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.

If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

Read more about higher education admissions criteria.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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