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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, focuses on hotel operational skills, management practices in the hospitality industry and the skills needed for employment in a dynamic and competitive global business environment. The Hotel School Sydney 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.

The Hotel School Sydney is positioned in the heart of the Central Business District, with Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens on its doorstep. It is also in close proximity to a range of hotels.

All applicants for The Hotel School Sydney 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

Graduates have built careers in hospitality and service management in Australia and overseas. Graduates have achieved management positions in hotels and resorts, human resources, marketing, front office, food services, food and beverage, events and conferences and general management.

Professional recognition

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is a founding member of International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). This course is accredited to meet THE-ICE standards of excellence.

Professional placement

A paid 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. The professional experience enables students to continue employment during their study at The Hotel School Sydney.

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 be researched essays and reports, presentations, case studies or problem solutions. Students may also be asked to participate in group work as well as individual assignments.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, online discussion forums, work experience, field trips, guest speakers and industry engagement.

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 that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

The Hotel School Sydney 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

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule attached to these Rules; and
    2. three (3) units from Part B of the Schedule attached to these Rules; or
    3. three (3) other units acceptable to the Course coordinator.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Business in Hotel Management degree a candidate shall successfully complete no less than sixteen (16) units from Part A of the Schedule attached to these Rules.
  3. To be eligible for the award of the Diploma in Hotel Management a candidate shall successfully complete no less than eight (8) units from Part A of the Schedule attached to these Rules.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Diploma in Hotel Management at this University, or equivalent, may be granted advanced standing for up to eight (8) units towards the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management.
  2. Candidates, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Business in Hotel Management at this University, may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management.
  3. The School Board may grant advanced standing of up to sixteen (16) units, provided that:
    1. a maximum of four (4) units are counted towards Intern Study;
    2. a maximum of twelve (12) units are counted towards units other than Intern Study;
    3. Academic Board is notified of all instances where advanced standing in excess of twelve (12) units is granted.
  4. Advanced Standing of up to eight (8) units may be granted to candidates who have completed another undergraduate award of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. In addition, a candidate may apply to the Head of School to substitute other units for those previously completed. Unit substitution does not reduce the number of units required to complete the course. Advanced Standing in excess of eight (8) units may be granted by the Head of School in exceptional circumstances.

Schedule of units


How to apply

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.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

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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