Hospitality & Tourism Diploma Co-op

Our Hospitality and Tourism diploma co-op pathway is designed give you options, both in your education, and your career.

hospitality and tourism diploma co-op

About Our Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Co-op

The Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Co-op Path program provides learners with a progression route into employment.

Set in a global context, the Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Co-op Path program provides learners with theoretical knowledge to work in this dynamic and vibrant industry. The course includes air travel, tour guiding, marketing, economics, customer care and communication.

This diploma program develops skills and knowledge in a range of technical skills such as itinerary preparation, fare calculations, documentation completion and user skills in computer reservation systems as well as generic skills in business, information processing and management skills, problem solving, information and communication technology areas and interpersonal skills.

Advantages of Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism with Co-op

  • Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism with Co-op gives students a chance of not only intensifying their theoretical knowledge but also practical expertise.
  • Co-op placement gives students an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the studies of their interest by working with Canadian industries after completing the theoretical portion of the diploma, an edge over the normal Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Students will attain more crucial skills and advantages through Co-op placement such as: practical communication skills with clients and co-workers and work experience will create more efficiency and awareness about tourism, customer services, hospitality, and marketing skills.
  • During placement students can work more than 8 hours every day hence can collect sufficient funds for their diploma and future education; accruing more productivity.
  • Most importantly this program provides tremendous flexibility for international students. If a student wants to follow a UFV pathway, after a diploma with Co-op in Focus College and 1 year at UFV, a student may be studying for two years and will have a work permit for up to 4 years. It is the best route for international students as they will get up to 4 years of work opportunities for approximately 2 years of study; study less years, work more, gain Canadian experience!
  • Canadian work experience of one year during Co-op placement may help students in getting better jobs in their field of study and help international students in their Permanent Residence application.
  • The Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Co-op Path has a strong personal development, communication skills and managerial competencies focus which enables candidates to progress more quickly to supervisory and/or management roles.

Career Opportunities for Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Graduates

The Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Co-op Path program is designed to lead to employment in a range of organizations such as retail and business travel agencies, tour operators, coach, rail and sea operators and providers of ancillary services including car rental, insurance, and foreign exchange.

This diploma may also provide preparation for employment in the general field of commerce in areas such as customer services and administration. The Co-op experience could also include position in the following areas:

  • Office Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Front Desk Officer
  • Guest Relations Officer
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Visitor Information Counselor


Minimum Grade 12 or Equivalent Canadian qualification OR Relevant experience or Mature Students.

Students from Non-English-speaking countries/territories will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at minimum IELTS Band level 6 .0 OR equivalent (In case of other testing standards). If there is no proof of English proficiency or lower English proficiency level, students will have to take an English course at Focus College.

Students must have access to high-speed internet to access online classes with software like Zoom.

The Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Co-op Path program has a range of aims relating to academic and vocational progression. These are to:

  • Provide a basis for future career and personal development.
  • Develop research and study skills.
  • Develop ability to manage and absorb large amounts of information.
  • Develop transferable skills.
  • Develop ability to be flexible and work co-operatively with others.
  • Develop the ability to take responsibility for one’s own learning.
  • Develop organizational, research and investigative skills.
  • Develop skills in planning and organizing and require students to investigate in-depth problems and issues.
  • Develop critical and evaluative thinking looking at key issues and problems from a managerial perspective.
  • Develop key skills and knowledge in marketing and customer service applied to the travel and tourism sector.
  • Develop sound product knowledge of international destinations, and relevant practical technical skills in for example tour guiding, itinerary preparation, fare calculations and document completion.
  • Develop generic skills in ICT, communication, and personal effectiveness.
  • Develop employability skills.
  • Develop managerial competences in the meaningful travel and tourism context of tour operations and retail travel.
  • Provide scope for an in-depth look at the key issue of sustainability.

Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Tuition Breakdown

Domestic Students International Students
Tuition: $23,000.00 Tuition: $23,000.00
Application Fee: $250.00 Application Fee: $200.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00 Assessment Fee: $250.00
Professional Fee: $1,000.00 Professional Fee: $1,000.00
Materials and Lab Fee: $1,000.00 Materials and Lab Fee: $1,000.00
Administration Fee: $100.00 Administration Fee: $100.00
Archive Fee: $30.00 Archive Fee: $30.00
Total: $26,380.00* Total: $26,380.00

*Local students may qualify for one of Focus College's many scholarships. To find out more, please go to the program financing page to find out if you qualify.

Hospitality and Tourism Diploma Program Details

Study hours: 1360

Co-op Hours: 1360

Total Hours including Co-op: 2720

Full-time duration: 80 weeks

Full-time hours: instructional time of 20 or more hours per week, or if the program leads to employment in a career occupation regulated by Transport Canada, instructional time is 15 or more hours per week.

Attendance Expectations: Students are required to maintain their attendance as per the FC attendance policy.

Graduation Requirements: To graduate, students must pass the AC program at a minimum Grade of C.

Program Organization: Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism program consists of two years.

5 Stars

Personally my studies at Focus College had taught me to always think independently and use knowledge I’ve gained in my future professional career. 

I had a great time at the course and it was very helpful and fun as well.

I am thankful for the faculty that helped me gain that knowledge and has brought a new dimension into my life.

Barea Alenglizi, Focus College Graduate

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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