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Hospitality & Food Manufacturing

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM WITH SPECIALISMS - HOSP Level 5 Foundation Degree Higher Level Apprenticeship

Ulster University Foundation Degree Hospitality & Tourism with Specialisms - Hospitality HLA

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Level 5
Mode of Study
Part Time
Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Newry Campus


This course is designed to provide and equip you with subject knowledge, leadership and management, industrial experience and practical skills for the hospitality industry. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in food and beverage, events and marketing and entrepreneurship.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for one day per week term time.

This course is delivered by subject specialists and industry lecturers.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 64-72 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2.
  • Employer interview required.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally certified , should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at Applicants who wish to enter  the programme via the College APEL process will be provided with support and guidance on completing an APEL claim. 

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 64-72 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

For entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company.  Each applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

Application Process for Higher Level Apprenticeships

Stage 1. Complete both the application form and the additional information form. Attend a pre-enrolment advice session where you will receive more information about your chosen course. You will be advised if you can progress to stage 2 if you meet, or have the potential to meet, the entrance criteria.

Stage 2. For applicants who receive a CONDITIONAL Offer from SRC, your additional information will be forwarded to a list of potential employers identified by SRC (alternatively if you have an employer in mind you can contact the College who will assess workplace suitability). You will progress to stage 3 if you meet the employer’s criteria for interview selection.

Stage 3. Interview stage: If following the interview stage you secure a Conditional Offer of Employment under the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme you will progress to stage 4.

Stage 4. Applicants must present evidence to SRC on A-Level results day that relevant A-Levels or equivalent qualifications are achieved. Evidence of a Conditional Offer of Employment must also be in place at this time from the participating employer. The College will then proceed to issue a FIRM offer onto the HLA Programme.

Please note that a FIRM offer is not a guarantee that the course will commence (see below point 2). 

Please note: Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to invite you for interview. SRC are not involved in the shortlisting or interview process. Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to make you an offer of employment.

The HLA programme will run subject to sufficient enrolments. Although you may be in receipt of a FIRM letter of offer onto the course, the College reserves the right to only run the course if sufficient enrolments are in place.

Attendance is strongly recommended by all Higher Level Apprenticeship applicants at the Southern Regional College’s Careers session. Invitations will be issued to advise date, time and location.


  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Management in Action.
  • Food and Beverage Service Operations.
  • Managing Financial Performance.
  • Events Operations.
  • Facilities Operations.
  • Employability .
  • Work Based Learning.
  • Human Resource Management.
  • Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
  • Food and Beverage Management.


3 Years


This course is accredited by Ulster University


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Uniform: It is a mandatory requirement to wear a uniform for Year 1 Food and Beverage Service Operations. You may purchase these items on your own behalf or via the College: black trousers £20, black non-slip safety shoes £19, shirt/blouse £12, waistcoat £20 and tie £10. Approximate total uniform cost, which should be made payable on commencement to the course is £81 (subject to change).

Field Trips: It is highly recommended that you attend and participate on approximately 3 field trips throughout the duration of the programme to enhance your learning experience and to provide you with an insight to progression opportunities of employment and higher education. Each trip may incur a cost of up to £10 for travel, which you will be expected to pay 3 weeks prior to the trip taking place.


On successful completion of this course you may progress to senior roles within the Hospitality Sector for example, food and beverage manager, coffee shop manager, restaurant manager, events manager, conference and banqueting manager, events project manager, market manager, sales and marketing manager, duty manager, assistant hospitality manager.

Alternatively you may wish to complete a summer bridging programme and then progress to the final year of BSc (Hons) in International Hospitality Management at Ulster University or other universities.


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Caroline Chambers

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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


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