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Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

This full-fee paying degree, offered at The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne, focuses on hotel operational and management practices across hospitality industries and the skills needed for employment in a competitive and changing global business environment. The Hotel School is a partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia, whose property portfolio includes the InterContinental Sydney, Hayman Island, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Salzburg Apartments, Marritz Alpine and Bimbadgen Estate. 

Located in the heart of the Central Business District of their respective cities, The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne are perfectly situated to embrace each city's hotel and hospitality industry.

A compulsory six-month professional hospitality internship is a key feature of the course enabling students to establish valuable industry experience, confidence and networks. 

All applicants for The Hotel Schools are selected on their individual merit. While recent academic performance or professional experience is used as an indicator of ability to undertake studies at a tertiary level, applicants will also be invited to an interview as part of the final application process.

Career opportunities

Professional positions in hospitality and service management in Australia and overseas; management positions in hotels and resorts, human resources, marketing, front office, food services, food and beverage, events and conferences and general management. 

Professional placement

A compulsory six-month professional hospitality placement is a key feature of the course and counts as four core units of the degree. This may be completed in Australia or overseas. All students establish valuable industry experience, confidence and networks. 
Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to a database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated Work Integrated Learning team.

Major areas of study

Studies include key operational subjects such as food and beverage, accommodation operations, and introduction to professional practice, together with introductory management subjects including finance, marketing and hospitality management. Students also develop advanced analytical, strategic, and management skills.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and/or oral assignments. These may include researched essays, reports, presentations, case studies, portfolios, online discussions, tests and exams, as well as more interactive assessments such as blogs, wikis, online discussion boards and multi-media presentations. Students may also be asked to participate in group work as well as individual assignments. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations varies.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, online discussion forums, work experience, field trips, guest speakers and industry engagement. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Work Integrated Learning and Industry Engagement are critical aspects of this course. Student learn through ongoing activities that connect them with industry practitioners from a range of hotel and/or hospitality organisations

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature. Students of The Hotel Schools have electronic access to the SCU library and are entitled to reciprocal borrowing rights with most Melbourne and Sydney universities. The SCU library has an extensive tourism and hospitality collection, print and electronic resources to support students in their study and assessment tasks.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

The Hotel Schools provides students with well-equipped teaching spaces. Modern audiovisual equipment is standard in all teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes, as well as wireless internet, printing and photocopying.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

To be awarded the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, students must successfully complete  24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

             i. 21 core units

            ii. 3 elective units

Exit Awards

Students can exit with the Associate Degree of Business in Hotel Management if 16 units (192 credit points) have been completed, comprising 16 core units.

Students can exit with the Diploma of Hotel Management if 8 units (96 credit points) have been completed, comprising 8 core units.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Please note: All applicants must attend a selection interview at The Hotel Schools. Applications for interview can be downloaded from

Domestic students

Session 1 and 2

Applications to study this course commencing in Session 1 or 2 are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Session 3

Applications for this course to study commencing in Session 3 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'