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Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

Le Cordon Bleu

The Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma 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 a foundation to the study of Gastronomic Tourism by developing students’ understanding of the relationship between gastronomy and tourism on a global scale. It offers students a multidisciplinary understanding of food and drink cultures and combines an academic approach to understanding food and drink within historical, cultural, and contemporary contexts, integrated with tourism business management applications.

Whilst not compulsory, an annual Residential is arranged for all gastronomic tourism students to network and engage with their peers and teaching staff, as well as with the wider food services sector.

A flexible course structure allows students to tailor their course of study, to meet their individual needs and career aspirations.

This is a pathway award. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism are eligible for eight units of advanced standing towards the Master of Gastronomic Tourism.

Career opportunities

Potential career paths include:

  • Professional food writer / reviewer
  • Cellar-door manager
  • Food trail operator / tour guide
  • Entrepreneur in a food and wine related business
  • Manager in sustainable food and wine production
  • Marketing consultant
  • Food and/or wine festival organiser / consultant
  • Food, wine and tourism policy adviser / advocate.

This course aims to produce graduates with a broad understanding of the potential to add value to food and wine tourism and related business operations. Crucially, this understanding has social responsibility at its core. Graduates will be both innovators and protectors of tradition, helping to revitalise and strengthen local and regional food cultures.

Professional placement

As part of this course, students may choose to undertake a 300-hour internship (equivalent to two units) in either a paid or volunteer role. This practical experience, combined with theoretical understanding, enhances the learning experience for students who have a professional and personal interest in this high growth area. 

Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to an extensive database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated work integrated learning team. 

Major areas of study

Topics range from sustainability and food security to contemporary trends in cuisine and culinary arts; from food writing for media to the history of gastronomy and the restaurant; and from event planning to the application of ethical business practices in tourism operations. Importantly, the degree focuses on the relationship of food to tourism and the role this relationship plays in the development of regional economies and their sustainability. Students also have the opportunity to explore important concepts related to strategic marketing, information technology and the management of tourism operations.

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

This course is delivered via the University’s online 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

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism may be selected where one or more of the following has been satisfied:
    1. can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2 Section 3 of the University's Rules Relating to Awards; or
    2. have completed the Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism or equivalent qualification.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 units) comprising:
    1. any four (4) units from Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units from Part B.

Advanced standing

Candidates may be granted advanced standing on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications obtained through formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Schedule of units


How to apply

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

Domestic students

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