Gain the knowledge and training required to become a skilled manager in the hospitality industry with a Diploma of Hospitality Management SIT50416 at Victoria University Polytechnic.
You will gain practical skills tailored to working in restaurants, cafes, hotels and other hospitality areas. You’ll learn and apply your skills in our fully equipped hospitality training centre under the guidance of passionate industry experts.
Areas of study include:
- staff management
- strategic business operations
- food and beverage service
- business marketing.
During your course you will have access to leading industry standard software, including Opera Property used in many leading hotels throughout Australia. You will learn the skills to use the system and manage hotel front office operations, including creating reservations, managing accounts and check out.
You will also gain essential skills in restaurant operations systems such as Micros POS.
You will gain hands-on experience working with industry-standard equipment in the Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre.
This simulated work environment includes:
- four commercial kitchens with individual stainless steel workstations
- two demonstration kitchens
- a training bar
- an award-winning training restaurant, VenU.
Victoria University Polytechnic is connected with the hospitality industry through a range of partnerships. Select students from this course have the opportunity to engage in a practical placement at:
- Delaware North
- Sebastian Restaurant and Bar
- Lucas Restaurants
- Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
- Riverland Group.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
VU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management research is among the world’s best, ranked #35 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2017.
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School for the Visitor Economy
This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.
Careers in hospitality
Employment for management and other roles in the hospitality sector is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. After graduating, you could find employment in the following positions:
- banquet or function manager
- bar manager
- café manager
- club manager
- front office manager
- motel manager
- restaurant manager.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-eight (28) units of competency, comprising of:
- thirteen (13) core units, and;
- fifteen (15) elective units, consisting of:
- one (1) unit from Group A;
- one (1) unit from Group B;
- eight (8) units from Group C, and;
- five (5) units from Group C, elsewhere in SIT Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.
The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification, as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Units in Transition
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of highly skilled senior operators who use a broad range of hospitality skills combined with managerial skills and sound knowledge of industry to coordinate hospitality operations. They operate independently, have responsibility for others and make a range of operational business decisions.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
Completion of an Australian Year 11 or equivalent. The Polytechnic use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to measure the language proficiency of people who want to study with us. As part of this test, applicants must attain a minimum IELTS (academic module) of 5.5 or equivalent.
Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:
You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.
You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.
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How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.