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Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism

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About this course

Le Cordon Bleu

The Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism has been developed by Southern Cross University and Le Cordon Bleu, a leading international provider of culinary, hospitality management and gastronomy education. This course provides an introduction to the study of Gastronomic Tourism by developing students’ understanding of the relationship between gastronomy and tourism on a global scale.

This is a pathway award to the Graduate Diploma and Master of Gastronomic Tourism.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue careers across a diverse range of food and wine tourism employment opportunities and the course provides career advancement prospects for those already working in the industry.

Major areas of study

Topics covered in the Graduate Certificate provide students with a foundational understanding of the study of gastronomic tourism and food related issues relating to ethics, politics, economics, sustainability and social responsibility, all of which will potentially underpin decision-making in the business market, as well as applied business and management skills in tourism and hospitality.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by unit and may include examinations, essays, reports, reviews, portfolios, special projects and other written assignments, as well as more interactive assessments such as; blogs, wikis, online discussion boards and multi-media presentations.

Teaching methods

This course is delivered online via the University’s distance education study option. The online study environment is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

Table of contents

Admission requirements

As an alternative to Rule 2 Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism may be selected where the applicant can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of either Rule 2 Section 3 or completion of the Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism; and

  1. Have been born in one of the countries listed in Schedule A attached to Rule 2 Section 1 and have completed at least one year of full time (or equivalent) study at the level of AQF diploma (or equivalent) or above and the language in which that qualification was taught was English; or
  2. be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by obtaining an overall band score of not less than 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (including a minimum score of 5.5 in the sub-bands) or equivalent TOEFL or comparable test as determined by the Academic Board.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism a candidate shall successfully complete four (4) units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.

Advanced standing

Work experience will not be accepted as a basis for advanced standing.

Candidates who are of the opinion that their level of knowledge is already equal to that required to successfully complete a unit listed in the Schedule of Units may apply to the School of Tourism and Hospitality Board to be permitted to undertake a challenge examination in that unit. If the candidate is successful in the challenge exam, advanced standing for the unit will be granted.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Applications for the Le Cordon Bleu Gradaute Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism can be made by downloading the Gastronomic Tourism Direct Application Form [PDF].

Domestic students


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.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

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