The Associate Degree combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a unique, integrated learning experience. Students are exposed to practical knowledge in both front and back of house through units of study in food and beverage operations, accommodations operations, and finance. Students can select to study at our Hayman Island campus and integrate academic study with hands-on work, providing a unique work, study, live opportunity.

 All students complete a Professional Development subject which develops knowledge and skills relevant to gaining employment, and practical approaches to dealing with common workplace issues. Through this subject, students are well prepared to apply for internship opportunities promoted through The Hotel School. Alternatively, students may choose to approach targeted organisations, or if they are already working in the hotel sector they may seek approval to register their position as the internship.

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  • 2 years full-time or part time-equivalent
  • Hayman Island, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney campuses
  • International students welcome
  • Start dates Hayman Island, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney: February, June and October
  • 16 subjects
  • FEE-Help available
  • CRICOS code 104631D

Course units



Tourism, Theories and Practices
Accommodation Operations
Hospitality Services Management
Food & Beverage Operations
The Foundations of Hospitality
Business Communications
Hospitality Information and Technology Systems
Management Practices
Marketing Fundamentals
Introduction to Conventions and Events
Talent and Culture
Accounting and Finance for Hotel Operations
Language and Learning in your Discipline
Introduction to Professional Practice


Professional Hospitality Experience I
Professional Hospitality Experience II

Admission & Fees

Domestic Students

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) or relevant work experience
  2. THS Interview
  3. IHG Interview and Student Counsellor Interview (Hayman Island applicants only)

2024 Course Fees

Each unit is $3,068*

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students. Learn about FEE-Help

*tuition and non-tuition fees may be subject to change over the duration of a course.

International Students

Application Process

  1. Qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade, or relevant work experience
  2. English language proficiency comparable to Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
  3. THS Interview
  4. IHG Interview and Student Counsellor Interview (Hayman Island applicants only)

2024 Course Fees

Each unit is $3,983*

More on international study

*tuition and non-tuition fees may be subject to change over the duration of a course.


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The Hotel School offers students an opportunity to integrate theory with the practice and responsibility of the professional workplace through our internship program.

Paid internships are integrated within the Associate Degree of Hotel & Tourism Management course to assist you to work out which career pathway is best suited to you and to add valuable experience to your career. You may undertake your internship within Australia or internationally, gaining experience in any sector of tourism and hospitality. To complete the Associate Degree, you must undertake 440 hours per year of workplace experience as well as complete the related academic assessments.

Benefits of internships:

Gain experience within the tourism and hospitality business environment

The Hotel School has connections to leading hotels, resorts, restaurants plus other hospitality and tourism organisations, helping take your classroom knowledge into the workplace.

Internships provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Apply theory of the associate degree to the hotel environment
  • Practice their skills in a live hotel environment
  • Embed themselves into the workings of a hotel environment from a Housekeeping or Food & Beverage perspective
  • Engage with guests and be a part of the guest experience
  • Begin building their networks within hotels
  • Gain a better understanding of the area or direction they’d like their hospitality career to take

On successful completion of the internships, students should be able to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the practicalities of the hospitality industry
  • Have the confidence to begin their career in hospitality
  • Start to design their career progression

*440 hours of work each year.

**Paid internships subject to employer approval of internship application. The hourly rate for paid internships is based on Hospitality Industry General Award pay rate effective 29/5/2020. Award rates are reviewed each year in line with the revision of the applicable Federal award. The internship may be undertaken in any location around Australia. Subject to availability. Paid internships at the Hayman Island Resort are subject to InterContinential Hayman Island Resort approval of internship application and employee contract terms and conditions. The hourly rate for paid internships at InterContinential Hayman Island Resort is based under the terms and conditions of The Off Shore Island Resort Collective Agreement (OSIRCA).

Benefits to students

  • Demonstrate knowledge, practical skills and competencies required for successful supervisory roles within the operational areas of an international hotel and tourism organisation
  • Understand the nature of hotel and resort management, the complexities of the commercial hospitality enterprise and financial management processes
  • Confidently demonstrate information technology, study skills and research methods at the appropriate level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and business management skills for successful supervisory roles within an international hotel and tourism organisation

Work Integrated learning

Work Integrated Learning is a way for students to develop their skills outside of the classroom while studying for the Associate Degree of International Hotel and Tourism Management. A dedicated team identifies and offers opportunities that will improve your employability and industry knowledge.

Work Integrated Learning opportunities include:

  • Career Workshops
  • Industry Insights in the Classroom
  • Industry Insights in the Workplace
  • Industry Insights - Field Trips
  • Networking
  • Mock Interviews
  • Industry Skills Training
  • Industry Skills Workshops

Edward TremethickCommissionaire | The Westin Melbourne

The skills and exposure learnt from a variety of subjects have helped immensely with the physical experiences and day-today operations I have come into contact with.

Career outcomes

Graduates suited to entry-level supervisory positions in the hotel, leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors including:

  • Human resource management
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Sales and marketing
  • Rooms division
  • Front office management

The Hotel School Career Paths

What our students are saying

My degree and internship gave me more direction in what I wanted out of my career and what opportunities were possible.
Michael Hood Guest Services Agent | The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Canada
The Hotel School allowed me to transfer to the Melbourne Campus for six months, and then complete an exchange semester at Hochschule Munich in Germany.
Mitchell Hacene Senior Sales Director | Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels at Pro-invest Group
The Hotel School worked with my broad hospitality experience to upskill in areas like Asset Management and Revenue Analytics, allowing me to take charge of my career trajectory.
Sarah Taylor Development Manager | Pacific and North Asia, Prince Hotels, Inc.

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