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Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)

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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
Course duration
2 years full time, 4 years part time
Start date
26 Sep 2022
16 Jan 2023
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

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

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

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) will have the opportunity to build an exciting career in many areas of the hospitality industry. The experience gained through this degree opens avenues for a career that will potentially take you around the world, working across diverse sectors in a huge variety of roles.

Career paths

  • Food and Beverage Supervisor 
  • Guest Relations Officer
  • Account Manager
  • Business Development Manager  
  • Career paths
    • Food and Beverage Supervisor 
    • Guest Relations Officer
    • Account Manager
    • Business Development Manager  

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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Get globally recognised qualifications
Learn from the best at BMIHMS, the No. 1 hotel management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific (Kantar 2020).
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Join Australia’s most progressive university
Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Get placed at the world’s top hotels
We offer industry placements with some of the most prestigious and dynamic organisations in Australia.
Find out why large hotel chains actively recruit our students after graduation.
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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

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

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

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

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

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

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  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    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.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

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