Introduction to Hospitality & tourism
Play a starring role in forging memories for others. Tourism and hospitality can prove a richly rewarding career. And with a glut of opportunities available both at home and abroad, a degree in this field is your passport to a profession with perks.
Whether you're looking to land a top role with an international hotel chain, take ownership of a budding restaurant empire’s portfolio, or manage front of house at a cultural institute, the skills you’ll learn as a tourism and hospitality student will take you there.
Through us you can find a wide range of hospitality courses online to suit your needs, wherever you might be on your professional journey. Use the tools on this page to compare your options with different universities and make sure that you’re choosing the right path. Our team of student advisors is on-hand to guide you through the options available, enabling you to find the very best match for your career aspirations.
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Online hospitality & tourism degrees
Take a specialised pathway into the world of business
This business course develops your academic skills and core business foundations. Choose from enterprise, IT, or tourism, then follow a pathway towards a uni qualification. Graduate ready for entry level business roles or continue to a degree.
1 year full time or part time equivalent
Pull together an incredible experience
Start your event management career with a grounding in communication, marketing and management. Unpack event management–from behind the scenes through to the big day. You’ll cover legal and logistical issues as well as promotions and operations.
1 year full time or part time equivalent
Enter the competitive arena of the business side of sport
Win off the field with business skills including sports marketing and event management. From community clubs to national competitions, you’ll be set to join this high growth sector offering diverse job opportunities to sports management graduates.
3 years full time or part time equivalent
A business degree with industry experience
Start with core business topics including accounting, management, and marketing. Then choose your major. Specialisations include HR and small business management. Explore new opportunities. Innovate. Be your own boss or lead a team.
Online hospitality & tourism subjects and short courses
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Hospitality & tourism study FAQs
Unlike those pursuing more technical career pathways, a qualification isn’t necessary to work in the hospitality and tourism business. If, however, you're looking to bypass the internships and entry-level positions that are on the ladder towards management roles, then a tourism and hospitality management degree could be the right choice for you.
You can zero in on a subject that piques your interest with a specialised course, such as a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Sports Management, or keep your field of study broad with a qualification such as a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management. The choice is yours.
The online hospitality courses available through our marketplace will help you develop the business acumen and soft skills necessary to succeed in the industry.
Expect to cover core skills such as:
- financial management
- strategic management.
Plus, you can choose from elective subjects like sustainability, ethics and digital innovation.
Many courses also include access to guest speakers and integrated practical work experience opportunities.
A buzzing, people-focused industry that is often at the forefront of innovation, no two days are the same, and you’re likely to work with other likeminded outgoing folks.
Those who work in tourism and hospitality management often enjoy a number of perks and opportunities too, with the ease of working internationally numbering chief among them. You might also enjoy discounted travel, food and drink; exposure to exciting events; corporate travel; and opportunities to meet celebrities and high-ranking officials.
A lesser-known aspect of the industry is the potential for career development. While many write off tourism and hospitality as an industry for school leavers, or a stopgap part-time gig, this is very much an industry that recognises talent, champions professional growth and rewards loyalty, especially where international hotel chains and restaurant groups are concerned.
Flexibility is the keyword that many of our current and past students use time and again. Online hospitality courses enable you to structure your course around your life and any existing personal or professional commitments. Not only will you save time commuting, but you can study from anywhere, anytime. This allows you to work towards a new career goal without having to give up your current job, family obligations or existing income in the process.
It depends on the course and whether you choose something short or long-term. Here’s a general guide:
Course Duration Single subject 10-18 weeks Short course 10-18 weeks Undergraduate certificate 6 months (if full time) Diploma 1 year (if full time) Associate degree 2 years (if full time) Bachelor degree 3 years (if full time) Graduate certificate 6 months (if full time) Graduate diploma 1 year (if full time) Masters degree 2 years (if full time)
If you study hospitality or tourism through Open Universities Australia, you have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take per term. This means you can complete your qualification at a faster or slower pace than you would on campus.
Hospitality and tourism graduates go on to work across a wide range of careers. Here are some of the roles you could explore with your qualification:
- Events manager
- Destination marketing manager
- Hotel manager
- Conference coordinator
- Corporate airline executive
- Business development manager
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.
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Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.
When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.
Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.
If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.
You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.
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