Diploma in Hospitality Management
Program: Year 1 of the BA Hotel & Hospitality Management
Duration: One year
Availability: This offer is available to all potential students
Forming the first year to the BA in Hotel and Hospitality Management, the Diploma in Hospitality Management consists of one intensive study period of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and one practical paid industry training period of 4-6 months in the Swiss hospitality industry. BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part time students.
Since the accreditation of the Diploma and Higher Diploma programs in Hospitality Management in 2003 by the University of Brighton, UK, over 400 students have successfully completed the Diploma program. Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring know-how and experience in the hospitality and business fields. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real world situations.
Aim of the Program
The BHMS Diploma in Hospitality Management program is specifically designed for young adults wishing to enter the international hotel and hospitality field and who are aspiring to a management career in this industry.
The program offers students an academic education together with vocational core competency training. This carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. It can also benefit people looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge when thinking about opening their own business.
Students learn about food service and production alongside a variety of academic disciplines, including foreign languages. Throughout the program, Swiss virtues, such as discipline, punctuality, ethics and hygiene are encouraged as they are highly valued throughout the world and count as much as academic and practical skills in ensuring a successful career.
Paid Industry Training in Switzerland
Industry training is an integral part of the study program at BHMS and provides an opportunity to gain paid work-experience during the early stages of a career. This will prove invaluable when applying for the first supervisory or management position. Generally, the first industry training position will be in a junior position, where students can practice the skills that they learned in the first academic year at BHMS. Students will complete their training in the service, housekeeping, or kitchen area, according to their interests and talent.
Successful students may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact in their second year. The industry training salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’000 to 1’400. Schweizer Vereinigung für Qualitäts- Management-Systeme (SQS registration number: 34198)
• 18 years of age
• 10 + 2 years of secondary higher education
• Good level of English