Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

What is an Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)?

An Associate Degree of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management prepares you for senior roles within the industries. Combine business management, leadership and marketing fundamentals with key hospitality and tourism skills. Gain real-world experience with our global network of industry partners.
This course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge, attributes, skills, and experience for a fulfilling and exciting career in the hospitality and tourism industries. The course enables you to combine broad technical and theoretical knowledge, with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts within the areas of Hospitality and Tourism Management. This course can be studied fully online, on-campus or a combination of both. Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to upskill and fast-track into a management position, this course has been flexibly designed so you can study the way you want.


Learning outcomes and Work-Integrated Learning

  • Develop service management knowledge and techniques with a global context.
  • Understand marketing fundamentals of services and the hospitality industry.
  • Build upon leadership qualities in effectively managing staff.
  • Understand the principles of business accounting.
  • Undertake 150 hours of industry experience.
Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations
International (offshore)
Course duration
4 trimesters Accelerated, 2 years Full-Time, 4 years Part-Time
Start date
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 6 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Guaranteed pathway entry
Successful completion will guarantee entry into the third year of our Bachelor of Business programs.

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Accelerate your career progression
Graduate with the required skills, experience and qualification to step into an exciting senior role.
Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management at Torrens University provides you a pathway to industry, helping you develop strong practical knowledge and skills to ensure you graduate job-ready.
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Career opportunities

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management) will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge across hospitality and tourism management, bringing the skills exciting roles within the industry. You also have the opportunity to advance your studies with a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Hospitality and Tourism Management, or explore areas like Event Management, Marketing, Sport Management, or Entrepreneurship.

Potential career paths

  • Restaurant Manager
    Average salary: $60,000 - $85,000
  • Travel Agent
    Average salary: $56,875 - $85,000
  • Operations Manager
    Average salary: $100,000 - $155,007
  • Resort Manager
    Average salary: $77,500 - $195,000
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Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises 13 core and 3 electives, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives


These seven core subjects must be completed. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Academic and Business Communication Skills | BIZ106 
  • Understanding Self and Others | BIZ107 
  • The Food and Beverage Industry | HAT101
  • Marketing in the Digital Era | MKT105
  • The Business Environment | BIZ202
  • Tourism Perspectives and Experiences | HAT102
  • Industry Skills Project | IND101A | 50 hours of industry experience 


These six core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select two electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Accounting for Decision Making | BIZ201
  • Customer Experience Management | BIZ204
  • Managing Hotel Guest Experiences | HAT204
  • Developing People and Culture | MGT202
  • Global Distribution and Revenue Management | HAT204
  • Industry Engagement Project | IND201A | 100 hours of industry experience


Choose three electives.

Elective subjects

  • Integrated Marketing Communications | MKT103A
  • Consumer Behaviour | MKG102
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship | ENT101
  • Venture Ideation | ENT102
  • The Business of Events | EVT102
  • Project Management | MGT201A
  • Event Management and Operations | EVT201A
  • Economics | ECO201
  • Strategic Management | MGT302A
  • Lean Business Start-up | ENT301
  • Business and Corporations Law | LAW301

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Diploma courses ( 2 options )
    • Diploma of Business

      CRICOS 090282F

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    • Diploma of Business Hospitality and Tourism Management

      CRICOS 114738K

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  • Bachelor courses ( 3 options )
    • Associate Degree of Business Hospitality and Tourism Management
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    • Bachelor of Business

      CRICOS 090275E

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    • Bachelor of Business Hospitality and Tourism Management

      CRICOS 113665H

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  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

    CRICOS 095349G

    3 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    0.5 years full-time, part-time options available
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

    CRICOS 095352A

    4 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    1 year full time, part-time options available
  • Master courses ( 2 options )
    • Master of Business Administration MBA

      CRICOS 095353M

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    • Master of Business Administration Advanced

      CRICOS 088149G

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Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

Torrens University Australia students undertake industry placements with some of the most prestigious restaurant, hospitality and tourism organisations in Australia and the world. From day one you’ll be gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and building key industry relationships.

Gain professional experience

Complete 150 hours of real-world, relevant experience during your course. You’ll have the opportunity to leverage our work placement program with one of our acclaimed industry partners.

You can source Work-Integrated Learning opportunities, including placements, through our Careers Connect database, all vetted for quality and relevance by Torrens University’s Learning Facilitators.

Accor Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University
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Hyatt Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University
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Marriot International Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University
TFE Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University
Ovolo Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University
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Langham Hotels | Hospitality Partner | Torrens University

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about hospitality, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of hospitality scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the hospitality industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent;


Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above;


Successful completion of at least 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6, 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5 or above, or equivalent;


Work-life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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