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Hospitality Management — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Business and Professional Services|Catering, Bakery and Patisserie|Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Course ID: 166831

Course Year: 22/23

Course Details

  • This course is aimed at those who wish to have an exciting management career within the hospitality industry.
  • This higher national qualification is studied over one year.
  • Specialist units cover a range of learning that will allow you to gain valuable career-related skills.
  • You will also complete a two-week work placement with an employer in the industry.
  • You'll have an opportunity to join a range of organised trips to industry professionals to gain valuable insights into this role.

What to expect from the course

The Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management provides students with the knowledge and skills to progress into various managerial positions within the hospitality industry. Taught by industry experts and with close links to leading city centre hotels, it offers the opportunity to learn crucial practical and theory skills and gives an invaluable insight into the current hospitality sector.

The course develops strong sector-related practical skills, alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. Potential career paths may include employment or freelance work in hospitality management in hotels and food and beverage outlets.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Hospitality Management Programme Handbook (22-23)

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Professional Identity and Practice
  • The Hospitality Business Toolkit
  • Leadership and Management for Service Industries (Pearson-set unit)
  • Managing Food and Beverage Operations
  • International Gastronomy
  • Work Experience

How will I be taught?

Knowledge and understanding will be acquired through the following range of approaches to module delivery:

  • Work related and based learning
  • Tutor-led learning (lectures, with student interaction/discussion, class exercises and group work as appropriate to the topic)
  • Seminars (guided by the tutor but with significant student input)
  • Tutor-led workshops (practical sessions with student interaction)
  • Self-managed learning/research (outside timetabled sessions)
  • VLE delivery and support (learning materials, exercises and reference documents are made available as well as means of communication between students, tutors and support staff) )
  • IT and software available on campus (such as Office 365 and One Note to support blended learning) as learning tools
  • Self-directed learning and individual digital notebooks that can be accessed via smart phones
  • Mentoring sessions/tutorials (one-to-one with the tutor)
  • Reflective practice sessions (in group tutorials)
  • Supported learning and resources available via the LRC.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will predominantly be conducted through:

  • A portfolio of documentary evidence of participation and the achievement of learning outcomes
  • Assignments based on case-study work (e.g. research essays)
  • The production of reports, analyses and reflection
  • Presentation, both individually and in groups
  • Regular assessment of learning, including informal, formative assessment mid-semester and formal, summative assessment at the end of each semester
  • Development and delivery of a front of house event
  • Educational visits
  • Mandatory 80 hours Work Experience with an approved college employer.

Who is the course intended for?

This course is suitable for supervisors and aspiring managers in the catering hospitality sector along with students progressing from level 3 programmes of study in catering and hospitality.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This course has been designed in collaboration with industry to ensure students leave The City of Liverpool College University Centre as a highly skilled graduate of Higher Education, and ready to take on a management role in the hospitality sector.

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Entry Requirements

• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent.
• A-levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification
• Relevant work experience will be considered
• All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

Please note: Students need to undertake a minimum of 80 hours work with an approved employer.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for22/23 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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