Hospitality

Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)

CRICOS 089926G

What is an Associate Degree in International Hotel and Resort Management?

An Associate Degree in International Hotel and Resort Management builds knowledge in managing successful hotels and resorts across the world. The course delivers crucial information on all aspects of day-to-day operations, from guest relations, office management, and food and beverage to housekeeping and property management.

During this course, you will live on-site at our Practical Learning Centre, Leura campus in the Blue Mountains for two six-month blocks. The Leura campus operates as a simulated hotel, where students are both guest and staff. The rest of the time you will spend engaged in an industry placement. This associate degree forms the first two years of the bachelor's program so it can function as a pathway into a bachelor's degree or a standalone qualification.

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Learning outcomes

  • Lead and inspire high-performing global teams.
  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy that reflects greater confidence and capabilities.
  • Develop a systematic approach to continually improve hotel organisational practice.
  • Learn how to lead complex organisational change agendas and projects.

No.1 Hotel Management School in Australia*

Learn from the best at BMIHMS and get a globally recognised qualification. Kantar rated BMIHMS the best hotel management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific in 2020.

Ranked #1 hotel school in Oceania by QS World University

Our world-class Hospitality and Leisure Management school is ranked #1 in Oceania and #21 globally.

Study mode
On campus
Campus locations*
Blue Mountains
Student
Domestic
International
Duration
2 years full time, 4 years part time
Start date

04 Jul 2022

26 Sep 2022

Fees

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E T/A Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Learn in a simulated hotel environment  
Undergo an immersive, practical learning experience in our simulated hotel campus.

Get placed at the world’s top hotels
We offer industry placements with some of the most prestigious and dynamic organisations in Australia.

Guaranteed pathway entry
Successful completion will guarantee entry into our Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management).

Subjects and units

This course comprises of 18 subjects, which includes 2 industry placements of up to 600 hours each.

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. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. 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.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Complete the 8 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you are required to complete 1 industry placement of up to 600 hours.

 

  • Accounting Fundamentals | BUS101
    Accounting Fundamentals lays the foundation for student’s understanding of the accounting system. The subject has a practical approach, providing students with the opportunity to analyse original documents through to profit and loss determination and the preparation of the statements of financial performance and financial position.
  • Management and Leadership | BUS102
    A manager’s role is to decide what goals and objectives his or her department should strive to achieve. Through the use of case studies, students are given the opportunity to examine key issues and to discuss current hospitality management practices.
  • Research and Academic Skills | BUS103
    This subject introduces students to the concept of academic literacy in a higher educational context. Students will be able to study the relevant resources and explore strategies and techniques which will allow full participation in their new academic environment. The course will provide students with research skills (information literacy), critical analysis, writing and language techniques. Transferable skills including time management and teamwork are incorporated in the course. The aim of this subject is to provide knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, to help students to manage their own success and to assist students in reaching their academic potential.
  • Sales and Marketing | BUS104
    Determining the needs and wants of our potential customers is a key priority for managers. Students will be introduced to the distinction between selling and marketing. Skills will be developed to apply within an operating environment to recognise the basic principles and practices of marketing in relation to consumer and market trends.
  • Cross Cultural Studies | BUS105
    An understanding of different cultures is of fundamental importance in business today. Cross-cultural Studies looks at how cultural factors influence human behaviour, including people’s attitudes, behaviours, customs and values. Wide ranges of topics are discussed in an effort to better prepare students for the challenges of communicating effectively with people from varied backgrounds using twenty-first century modes of communication.
  • Food and Beverage Operations Management | HOS101
    The key focus of this subject is to broaden students understanding of the operational aspects of food and beverage management, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn, develop and apply theories, concepts and skills in a practical environment.
  • Food and Beverage Management and Control | HTL101
    Food and Beverage Management and Control is a practically orientated subject focused on furnishing students with knowledge of current and emerging food and beverage trends, legal and operational issues such as cost control, sustainable solutions, resources management and legal obligations.
  • The International Hospitality Industry | HTL102
    In undertaking this subject students will gain knowledge and awareness of the nature, size, scope and sectors of the dynamic international hospitality industry and its major function areas and departments. Different enterprises will be explored including chains, franchising, ownership, management and staffing structures. Discussions will focus on current trends impacting this worldwide industry.
  • Industry Placement I | IP101
    Employment is an excellent opportunity for the student to develop knowledge, skills and abilities in their chosen discipline. The Industry Placement subject provides students with a series of professional development workshops to be successful in their application to work in an approved food and beverage outlet (depending on degree undertaken). Combining professional experience with their qualifications while undertaking an industry placement of 600 hours.

Complete the 8 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you're required to complete 1 industry placement of up to 600 hours.

  • Management Accounting | BUS201
    Financial analysis is an integral part of strategic management planning. This subject builds upon BUS101, further developing student’s skills and expertise when interpreting financial information. The subject provides students with the skills and knowledge relevant to planning, controlling and evaluating accounting information, which will enable them to make sound, managerial decisions.
  • Economics | BUS202
    BUS202 introduces the core concepts and economic principles necessary to develop effective decision makers. Students will develop an understanding of how decision makers make choices, utilising available resources at a specific given time. This subject covers concepts such as ‘price elasticity demand’, cost benefit principle, fiscal and monetary policy, Macro and Microeconomics and international trade.
  • Business Law | BUS203
    Business Law introduces students to the basic principles of the relevant State and Commonwealth laws relating to tourism and hospitality. Emphasis is placed on areas such as liability, resolution and legal problem solving.
  • Human Resource Management | BUS204
    The concept of human capital recognises that not all labour is equal and that the quality of employees can be improved by investing in them. Human Resources Management (HRM) concepts, practices and processes are examined in this subject. Students will explore ways in which the strategic management styles of an organisation influence the development of HRM philosophies and processes specifically with reference to tourism and hospitality enterprises.
  • Research Skills and Practices | BUS205
    Embarking on research in any discipline is a serious undertaking. This subject will develop research methodology skills essential for completing research projects and for making quality business decisions. Students will learn the necessary skills and practical tools to undertake and complete the research process of collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of research.
  • Operations and Environment Management | HOS201
    The growing awareness of environmental issues is creating operational costs. HOS 201 will discuss sound environmental practices and long-term operational sustainability. Student’s knowledge of contemporary facilities and operational practices will be developed while investigating the broad range of critical design decisions available.
  • Rooms Division Management | HTL201
    Rooms division is a key revenue generating area within a hospitality operation. Departments within this area are comprised of both Front Office and Housekeeping. It is within these departments students will be provided with practical skills combined with theoretical knowledge to operate accommodation services successfully. The overall aim of the subject is to ensure that students have a sound knowledge of the financial and managerial responsibilities of running a room division department.
  • Hotel and Resort Planning and Design | HTL202
    The growth of international tourism has created an increase in the number of specialised hotel and resort facilities being developed. Hotel and Resort Planning and Design looks at the feasibility process for hotels and resorts and how this process assists with the concept development, planning and design for accommodation. The subject considers design from inception to completion, sustainable design practices and the impact of design on all aspects of the operation’s management.
  • Industry Placement II | IP201
    Extending knowledge, skills and ability in employment is a key component of Industry Placement, providing students with the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon the relationship between their academic studies and the workplace environment. This in turn consolidates a student’s academic knowledge by exposing them to real life experience and challenging their commitment to their chosen field in industry. Through this second 600-hour industry placement students will expand their studies and develop their career pathway.

Industry partners and work placements

As part of Torrens University Australia, BMIHMS 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.

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Gain professional experience
Complete 1200 hours of relevant experience through our work placement program with one of our acclaimed industry partners.
Emma Flick - Master of International Hotel Management student testimonial
After graduating, I worked in a lot of hotels in Melbourne and throughout Europe. I loved the intimate guest experience of connecting with people.
Emma Flick
Hotel Management Graduate

Why study with us?

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia offers an immersive education. Our unique learning experience combines world-class practical training with industry placements at the most prestigious organisations in Australia. Our courses are designed with the input of our industry partners, to ensure you're only developing skills that can be directly applied to your hotel and hospitality career.

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Learn from the best at BMIHMS, the No. 1 hotel management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific (Kantar 2020).
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Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Are you a Domestic or International student?

Choose your student type for fees, scholarships & entry requirements

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.
FEE-HELP
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.

Scholarships: Domestic students

A career in hospitality brings many opportunities locally and globally across multiple industries. We offer hospitality scholarships to help you discover a career you love. Apply today to launch yourself into an exciting and rewarding new life.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.
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Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above
OR Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Fees: International students

International fees
Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Fee payment
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

    Download international fees PDF

  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    Fee payment

Scholarships: International students

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below

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Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
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Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
    Domestic students:

    Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.

    If you have any difficulty, please contact our Course and Careers Advisors, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.


    International students:

    If you are an international student hoping to begin your studies in Australia, study online, or transfer from another university, you may choose to do so through our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. View the full list of International Education Agents. You can also apply online. For anything else, please contact our International team.

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs). 

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?

    Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.

    If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.

    Please speak to our Course and Careers Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.

    For more information, please visit Course credits.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

    You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:

    • Undertake study with an approved provider.
    • Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
      • An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
      • A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
      • Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
    • Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
    • Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

    For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.

    If you are still unsure, please contact our Course and Career Advisors who can talk you through the information.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.

    Domestic students

    When you speak to our Course and Careers Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.

    International students

    Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or by email.

    For more details, explore our range of scholarships.

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