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Hospitality Management (and Events Management) BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)

  • L5
  • HE

This Higher Education course will provide you with an overview of the hospitality industry, and is ideal if you want to work at a managerial level. The course will combine academic study with a practical perspective, and is designed to equip you for further study and career developments in all aspects of the hotel, catering and hospitality industries. This course will give you a broad range of applicable skills and business based knowledge, alongside practical work experience in professional hotel settings.


I started at Level 1, and then went on to Level 2 and Level 3, before progressing on to this higher education course.  My family are involved in the hospitality industry so I understand what is involved in the industry, but I wanted to learn the theory and how the UK sector works.  I have also been fitting my studies around my family commitments so the College has been absolutely fantastic for me because it’s local and I can be there every day if needed.

I looked into similar courses run by local universities but one of the main reasons why I chose Bedford College was because it was much cheaper. My tutors also told me about the Advanced Learner Loan which has really helped me.

The most interesting part of the course for me has been learning about management theory and marketing.  I also enjoy the finance part of the course, which surprised me as I’m not keen on the money side of things! 

My teacher is very dedicated and has a lot of industry experience.  To be honest, she’s been a role model for me and she’s helped me to develop my sector knowledge, English language and academic skills. 

I’ve just started a small cake decorating business and, if I can expand this and get funding, my aim is to open a shop in a few years.  I’ve also recently applied for a part-time job as a team leader in a local school.  This course has given me the self-belief and confidence that I needed to apply.  I’m looking forward to coming back next year to complete the HND at Level 5 as I really enjoy learning and studying here.

Gyorgyi - Hospitality Management HND

Entry requirements

To start this HND you must have successfully completed the HNC and entry is subject to a successful interview.

Course content

During the course you can study a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Finance in the Hospitality Industry
  • Customer Service
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Rooms Division

Specialist units include:

  • Sales Development & Merchandising
  • Research Projects
  • Law for License of Premises
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Finance in Hospitality
  • Quality Management in the Hospitality Industry

A number of trips are organised throughout the course including trips to hotels and catering establishments, Charles Wells brewery and the Hotel Olympia shows/exhibitions. These are free of charge with the exception of the transport cost to get to the Hotel Olympia events in London or Birmingham (which is normally around £20). This is an optional trip that is not strictly necessary for the course but is beneficial due to the huge range of new products, demonstrations and competition work on display.

All other trips necessary for the course are fully inclusive, although sometimes we will offer students the chance to attend further optional trips, for example, former classes have expressed interest in day trips to France.

Assessment methods

Assessments take place in the form of assignments, presentations, portfolios and group work.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. The demand for senior staff in the hospitality industry is high, and this course will open up a wide range of career opportunities to you in this country and abroad.

Additional information

You will also be able to apply to become a member of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH). 2015 graduates can currently join for £25, and the IoH often runs such discounts, however, without special offers running, the fee can be up to £200.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
Up to 2 years 25/09/2017 Mon, Wed 9.00 am - 5.00 pm £630 Cauldwell Street H787 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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