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Tourism is the worlds largest industry and plays a significant role in providing employment and income in most modern economies.  Ireland is no exception and has seen a dramatic rise in employment opportunities in this sector in recent years. In addition, the emergence of low cost airline carriers, the rise of budget hotels and the ease of booking on the internet, have created interesting challenges and opportunities for the Tourism industry.

Portobello Institute has tailored the Tourism Studies course to reflect and embrace the changes in the travel and tourism markets as we see them today. These changes create exciting new career paths for those who are keen to succeed in the tourism sector.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Travel & Tourism
  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Tourism with Business (5M5011)
  • QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Guiding (6N0648)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a full time course

Course Content Modules

  1. Communications
  2. Work Experience
  3. Tourism Awareness
  4. Customer Service
  5. Travel & Tourism Services
  6. Tourism Enterprise
  7. Cultural Studies
  8. Marketing Practice



Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: Tourism Studies Full Time

Cost: 3495 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €132
  • Exam Fee: included