Swiss International School Dubai (SISD) is offering a BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in (Business and) Hospitality as part of the school’s IB careers-related programme for students aged 16-18 years.

Bolstering its Swiss heritage, the award-winning school – one of the only boarding schools in the region to offer the IB curriculum – is now delivering a Hospitality IB pathway to students wanting to pursue a Swiss quality education and premium university option.

Megan La Caze, Head of Secondary, said: “We are delighted to offer this option to our students. The course reinforces our link to Switzerland and the Swiss hospitality industry, deemed to be the best in the world. Our students are already heading off to Les Roches, EHL and Glion in Switzerland and now we want to give them the best possible chance of success for their future pathways and careers.”

Principal Ruth Burke added: “We are the only school in the UAE to offer this exciting opportunity to pupils. It’s important to ensure our students are given every chance to pursue their career choices from a young age and given that Switzerland is renowned for offering some of the world’s top hospitality training, it’s a logical and appropriate fit for us to deliver this internationally recognised and respected qualification.”

The courses will be delivered via the platform, with weekly on-site practical lessons taught at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), one of the world's leading hospitality business management schools and a subsidiary of the Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company. Students will also have the opportunity to gain work experience and opportunities with the Jumeirah Group and other prestigious hotel chains.

The BTEC is an excellent qualification to help secure limited places at top hospitality-focused universities in both Switzerland, the UAE and worldwide.

"We are very proud of this collaboration, and we are confident that the education we provide at EAHM will enable SISD students to grow, learn, and embark on a rewarding journey," said EAHM Managing Director, Jeroen Greven. “Our learning environment is personalized, our faculty is industry-leading, and our facilities are first-rate. There is no better place to learn world-class hospitality."

The hospitality management diploma is an internationally recognised course developed as a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by the Institute of Hospitality. It encourages and provides opportunities for learners to access higher education, vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in hospitality management or related areas such as business management and tourism management.

Through the new course of study, students will gain industry experience and learn about all aspects of hospitality, including food and beverage, conference and events, luxury, sustainability, front office operations, technology and digital media, revenue management among others, preparing SISD’s international student cohort for lucrative careers.

The chance to study for the course begins in September 2023, as a part of the school’s ICBP programme’s vocational education options. The new course is the latest addition to SISD’s ever-evolving educational offerings, which also include a BTEC in Business Management.

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