Retail Food Service Operations (Level 6, 35 ECTS credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Hospitality Management

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    30th August 2021 through Springboard+

Course Summary

The Certificate in Retail Food Service Operations is designed to develop highly competent skilled, industry-ready food preparation professionals, equipped with industry relevant techniques and commercial practices, all underpinned by the highest professional standards of food production and health and safety.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold an FET/QQI award at NFQ level 5 or equivalent. The University's policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) as applies. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.


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Duration and Mode of Delivery

Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork.

This programme will be delivered part-time from September 2021 to May 2022. Mandatory induction/training will take place on week commencing 13th September. Formal classes start week commencing 20th September.

Provisional schedule: (times to be confirmed in late August, due to potential COVID19 restrictions)

Semester 1 (September 2021 to December 2021) - 1.5 days per week (13 hours in total)

Semester 2 (January 2022 to May 2022) - 1 day per week (8 hours in total) (9am to 6pm)


Please note all students will be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.



The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

  • Intro to Food Preparation and Cooking Techniques
  • Food Safety and Culinary Science
  • Fundamental Patisserie Skills
  • Fundamentals of Food Cost and Control
  • Retail Food Production
  • Work Placement (Kitchen)


Awarding Body

MTU: Certificate in Retail Food Service Operation (35 ECTS credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications)


Career Opportunities

Graduates will typically find employment in the Retail Food Service Operations at various grades with the potential to progress with experience to supervisory grade in the industry e.g. deli assistant, bakery assistant, kitchen assistant, deli manager, baker.



Higher Certificate in Culinary Studies (Level 6)



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  • Online application is open for the Employed, Unemployed, and Returners who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement.
  • Note: Places will be offered to applicants who submit all application information with uploaded required documentation and meet eligibility criteria, on a first-come-first-response basis.
  • Places are limited for this course. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis. Once the course is full, online applications will close for the course. Closing date for applications to this programme is Friday, 30th August 2021.
  • Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the Springboard+ initiative funding criteria.
  • The dedicated Springboard freephone helpline is available for further advice and information – 1800 303 523.


Sile Hammond, or Laura Dorney,

Roisin Clancy Department Secretary
021 433 5820

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