Hospitality Courses

With one of our online hospitality courses, you can explore different areas of this vast and varied field, including events and hotel management.

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Study Hospitality online

The hospitality, travel and tourism sector is a fascinating and fast-paced one to work in. In 2018 the global hotel industry alone was worth $600 billion. With travel easier and more affordable than it’s ever been, understanding this growing industry can present all kinds of opportunities. With our range of online hospitality courses, you can explore some of the trends and topics that matter the most.

Here, you’ll find an array of different learning opportunities, focusing on many different areas related to hospitality. Whether you’re a total newcomer to the industry or hoping to build on your existing skills, you can choose from a variety of courses.

Each of our courses is entirely online, giving you the opportunity to learn whenever and wherever you want. Whether it’s with our free online courses or our ExpertTrack learning subscriptions, you can start building your knowledge today.

Earn a hospitality certificate

Earn personalised hospitality certificates when you complete an online course on FutureLearn, complete with lead educator signatures, organisation logos and course details. Share your achievements with employers, on Linkedin, on your CV and more.

If you’re planning on a career in the hospitality industry, you’ll find that many of our learning opportunities can help you get started. By building the foundations of your knowledge, you’ll be able to learn about the structure of the industry, as well as how people interact with it.

Whether your interests lay in the strategy, hospitality management, or the research side of things, you’ll be able to learn about many of the fundamentals that apply. You can explore some of the careers in this field, as well as what the job prospects are like.

Build your career in Hospitality

If you’re hoping to get a job in the hospitality sector, our courses can be a great way to work on some of the essential skills you’ll need. Whether you want to focus on tourism management, hospitality design, or even your customer service skills, you can find a course to suit your needs.

A career in hospitality can be diverse and bring plenty of opportunities. According to data from 2019, the travel and tourism sector contributed 10.4% to global GDP. Although the pandemic has certainly impacted the industry, there is much hope that it will soon bounce back.

What’s more, hospitality careers are often fast-paced and exciting, and it’s a sector that can provide opportunities across many different areas.

Learn the principles of hotel management and research methods

A central topic in the world of hospitality is that of hotel management. It’s a big business with a range of opportunities and challenges that are worth exploring. Whether you want to learn about performing a hotel market analysis or how to build a pricing strategy, you’ll find resources and courses available here.

The reach of this subject goes beyond just hotels, however. You can also learn about topics such as spa management, as well as many other key areas of business in the hospitality sector.

Another crucial area of the hospitality sector is research. As with many industries, a data-driven approach is essential for making informed decisions and improvements. Whether through qualitative or quantitative research, experts can spot trends, highlight issues, and make choices that benefit the entire sector.

You can find out how these approaches are used and how you can apply them in real life with one of our online tourism and hospitality courses.

Your options for studying hospitality

If you’re eager to learn about the subject and gain some hospitality training, we have several options for you to choose from. For example, one of our free short courses gives you the opportunity to study some of the fundamentals of hospitality and management over two to ten weeks. Alternatively, for a more in-depth view of a particular subject, one of our ExpertTrack subscriptions could be just the thing.

You’ll also find several microcredentials and degree courses that cover elements of hospitality. These can help enhance your existing knowledge and give academic credit in some of the key areas you’ll need for a career in the industry.


What is hospitality?

The definition of hospitality is the friendly and welcoming reception and entertainment of guests. In a business sense, it relates to entertaining clients and the relationship between a guest and a host. The scope of hospitality includes many areas within the service industry, such as accommodation, food and drink, event planning, transportation and more.

What is the hospitality industry?

The hospitality industry is defined as any business that provides services that provide entertainment and comfort, making a guest feel welcome. This broad definition means that businesses such as hotels, restaurants, theme parks, resorts, and leisure attractions all fall into this category. Hospitality and events are often closely linked, which encompasses things like conference management, corporate days, and even weddings and parties.

What is hospitality management?

Hospitality management refers to the application of management principles to the various structures and operations of the hospitality sector. This can include overseeing the administrative tasks of a hotel or restaurant, planning events, or even hospitality marketing and sales.

What are hospitality jobs?

Given how the hospitality and travel industries are, there are many different jobs within the sectors. From casual work in bars and hotels to management roles for events and conferences, there are plenty of job opportunities.

What skills are needed to work in hospitality?

Hospitality skills vary a little between exact roles and organisations. However, skills such as teamwork, communication, customer service, time management and problem-solving skills are all useful. You can work on these, and many other useful skills, with our online hospitality courses.

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