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Travel and Tourism - Full Time

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7 months


QQI Level 5


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2020

Travel and Tourism - Full Time

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Brandon at or call him on 01-8920035. We are hosting entrance interviews via Skype at this time.

Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the largest and ever changing sectors in the world. It accounts for a third of global services trade and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. The industry and employment opportunities available are wide and varied whether you like travelling, sitting in an office, meeting new people every day or working outdoors, there is a career path from this course for you.

Portobello Institute has been training professionals for the Travel & Tourism sector for over 25 years. This full QQI Level 5 major award gives you the breadth of a qualification to gain employment whether with an airline, travel agency, tour operator or tourist board - these are just some of the employers you can choose from. The tutor team are all experienced industry professionals who can offer superior insight into what it takes to gain employment in this fast moving sector.

Over the past 25 years, Portobello Institute has developed a strong network of travel and tourism contacts which have helped many students to gain employment within the sector. A significant number of our graduates are currently working for companies including to name but a few Guinness Storehouse, Cassidy Travel, Corporate Travel Services, Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

This programme carries the following award;

QQI Level 5 Major Award 5M5011 in Tourism with Business

Ready to Fly Certificate from IAOT




Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute and is based on interview selection.

Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted and an interview arranged

Step 3 - Interview takes place

Step 4  - Confirmation of an offer of a place will be given to applicants meeting the selection criteria, with a formal offer emailed within 3 days of the interview.

Step 5 - Applicants have 14 days to confirm their acceptance of an offer by returning the acceptance form

The Interview

Places on this programme are limited. By interviewing all applicants, we can verify each student has the apptitude and personality to secure employment in the travel & tourism industry. The interview will take place at a time convenient to applicants and is carried out by the programme manager. Our programme manager is also seeking to understand that applicants have a genuine interest in working within the travel and tourism industry, they understand the sector, the requirements of the programme and that this programme and Portobello Institute is the right career choice for them.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.

This programme is 24 weeks in duration and is delivered over 2 semesters with examinations at the end of each semester.

Semester 1

The first semester runs for 12 weeks from 07/10/19 to 17/01/20.

Classes are delivered Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm.

Examinations & Assessments take place during the week commencing 20/01/20

Semester 2

The second semester runs for 12 weeks from 27/01/20 to 17/04/20.

Classes are delivered Monday & Wednesday, 10am to 4pm.

Examinations & Assessments take place during the week commencing 20/04/20




Course price  - €3,495

Protection for learners fee €132

Payment - 40% of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and protection for learners fee due on 25th August 2019.

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €1,516

Balance in to 3 instalments of 20% equal to €758 due 25th August, 25th November & 25th January 2021.

Instalment fee  payable - €295 spread across 4 payments, included in figures detailed above

Protection for learner fees are due on 25th August 2020

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.

The primary focus of this programme is the preparation for students for employment in the travel and tourism sector. This course is broad based with opportunity to gain an insight into the many facets of the sector from tourism to the operation of an airline, working in a travel agency to being a tour operator are all covered during this programme.

  1. Tourism Information & Administration
  2. Tourism Principles and Practice
  3. Customer Service
  4. Work Experience
  5. Desktop Publishing
  6. Travel Agency Service Skills
  7. Computerised Reservation System
  8. Cabin Crew Operations
  9. Airline Studies
  10. CV Preparation & Interview Techniques


Modules are subject to change


Work Experience Programme

Ensuring students can put into practice the skills and knowledge learned in theory is an integral aim of this course. The work experience programme takes place in semester 2 and is usually 2 days per week for the semester. The schedule will depend on the needs of the company the student is placed with and we encourage students to be flexible during their placement. Portobello Institute has a strong network of placements and supports students to secure a work experience placement. The placements are with tourist offices, travel agents and corporate travel companies based in Dublin or regionally as per the student preference.

Student Support Clinic

Portobello Institute recognises that every student learns in a different way and for each and every student to excel, they need support and extra guidance at different stages throughout their learning journey. For this reason and in advance of theory and practical exams, we offer a Student Support Clinic from January to April each year. Tutors are available each week, during this period, for students to book a 30 minute tutorial for one to one practical skills, theory or exam preparation support. It is the student's choice what is covered during this time.

Our experience in preparing students for exams is that this type of support substantially relieves the pressure and stress on students and ensures they can excel during their practical and theory exams.


“Aircraft and aviation have always been a passion of mine from a young age, I am now doing a job I didn't know existed and I love every day of it"

From her initial role in Slot Allocation with Ryanair, Amy landed a position in Flight Planning after just eight months. As a result of undertaking the Airline Studies, Amy is working in jobs she previously didn’t know existed! Full Story

Amy Caffrey


It was a great privilege to be a part of this great institution, which gave me the best possible experience, and the qualification that I need.

To anyone looking to study here I can highly recommend that you will have great tutors with excellent facilities and an accessible location.

John Patrick Reyes Balazo


Our tutor was always available on email after hours as well. I also found her to be particularly supportive when doing our project work

I feel the course content gave me the full confidence that I am knowledgeable of the travel industry.

Geraldine Nicholson

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Course Code Location & Info Price
TTTS-F-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

05/10/20 - 19/03/21
Monday & Wednesday, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday
€3495 Book Now
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