BA in Bar Management

Bar Management Courses Ireland
3 Years
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Limerick / Dublin
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Advance your career as a Bar Manager with a national framework of qualifications level 7 degree in bar management

The programme aims to provide learners with the range of integrated skills required to operate a bar trade including the legal and regulatory framework, leadership and management, food and beverage, commercial skills, finance, marketing, human resource management, communications, and personal development. 


Graduates may take up positions as Bar Managers in the national and international hospitality industry.

This programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland as part of a new initiative Generation Apprenticeship which is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds using the apprenticeship route to gain their qualification.

Why Study Bar Management at Griffith College?

This programme was designed by the bar trade for the bar trade and was informed by an extensive consultation period with the industry (including the Consortium Steering Group which is made up of a number of very successful bar operators and the VFI).


The programme is developed specifically for bar managers and provides them with the wide range of skills required to operate an efficient, effective, and compliant bar trade while delivering an excellent consistent customer and staff experience.

The benefits for apprentices engaging with the apprenticeship are typically but not limited to:


  • Successful candidates receive a National Framework of Qualifications level 7 BA in Bar Management (QQI).
  • Griffith College will provide a holistic approach to learning including supporting apprentices throughout their apprenticeship programme through a network of academic success coaches.
  • Security of employment.
  • Pathway to a higher paid role.
  • Enhanced skill set.
  • Lifetime portfolio to evidence personal achievements.
  • Full third-level college campus resources are available to support apprentices.
  • The programme will provide progression routes for those who wish to pursue further study.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Full-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024

Course Details

  • Licencing Laws: This module aims to introduce apprentices to the licensing laws in Ireland that exist for the bar trade within which a compliant business must operate.
  • Bar Operations - Bar Environment and Equipment: The aim of the module is to provide apprentices with the necessary operational knowledge, skills, and competencies to work in the bar industry in a professional manner.
  • Communication Skills: This module aims to enhance an apprentice’s verbal, written and reporting communication skills so that they become competent communicators at all levels.
  • Food and Beverage - Food Safety: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the knowledge and skills required to maintain a safe bar food operation.
  • Food and Beverage - Products and Service: The aim of this module is to provide apprentices with the product knowledge required to operate an effective bar trade. 
  • Personal and Professional Development: The aim of this module is to increase apprentices’ self-awareness, to encourage self-development and the implementation of reflective skills and processes. It also aims to provide apprentices with the necessary team-working skills to effectively manage their teams.
  • Customer Service Skills: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the knowledge and skills required to work with their team to consistently deliver a high-quality customer experience in their bar trade.
  • Bar Operations - Occupational Health and Safety: The aim of this module is to provide apprentices with the necessary occupational health and safety knowledge required to operate a safe and effective bar trade.
  • Bar Operations – Stock Management: The aim of this module is to provide apprentices with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies in managing necessary business and stock management processes required in the bar trade.
  • Accounting Fundamentals: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the necessary book-keeping knowledge and skills required to manage the finances of the bar trade. 

  • Principles of Marketing: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the required skills to effectively market their bar trade brand.
  • Managing People: This module aims to provide apprentices with the people management skills required to manage and motivate a team of staff in the bar trade.
  • Food and Beverage - Menu Management: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the evaluation skills needed to analyse market trends, their customer profile, and to be able to design and implement menus to match those needs. 
  • Retail Marketing and Merchandising: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the required skills to effectively apply retail marketing and merchandising processes in their bar trade.
  • Bar Legal and Regulatory Environment: This module aims to introduce apprentices to the legal and regulatory framework that exists for the bar trade within which a compliant business must operate.
  • Management Accounting: This module aims to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and competency to implement and apply financial forecasting and margin management to their business.
  • Bar Management: This module aims to show the apprentice how to work effectively and use best practice to manage their bar trade business processes including the development of policies and procedures to ensure standards are consistently met.
  • Business Development Skills: This module aims to promote the use of business development skills for the generation of new business and up-selling.
  • Event Management: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the required skills to effectively manage and deliver quality events in their bar.

  • Leadership and Management Skills: This module aims to explore the apprentice’s leadership style, to provide them with alternative models and how to apply these in the workplace.
  • Food and Beverage - Management: The module aims to provide the apprentice with a comprehensive knowledge of the products and skills required to create standard operating procedures for the serving of food and beverage.
  • Human Resource Management: This module aims to provide the apprentice with an in-depth understanding of managing human resources within the bar trade.
  • Effective Procurement: This module aims to provide the apprentice with the research, evaluation and negotiation skills required for effective, sustainable, and ethical procurement in the bar trade.
  • Marketing Management: This module aims to develop the apprentice’s marketing skills in the areas of market analysis, planning and digital marketing.
  • Business Development Project - Capstone Module: This module aims to consolidate the programme learning into a project which benefits the bar trade business.

Course Contact

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Apprenticeships Head of Apprenticeship Department
Apprenticeships Lecturer
  • Dublin


More information will be provided closer to the start date for those who apply but in the meantime please see below a general outline of the time commitments of this course:

  • This programme is a three-year apprenticeship programme.
  • Each year is made up of three 14-week semesters (42 weeks per annum).
  • Each semester has a classroom intervention one day a week for 10 consecutive weeks ie. 30 days per annum, the other 4 weeks per semester are to allow for the completion of workplace learning outcomes. 
  • Each day is 8 hours which includes 1 hour for lunch.


How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Please note: If you require a visa to study/work in Ireland you are currently not eligible to apply for this programme. 

Candidates for this programme must meet the following profile: 

  • Must be employed and sponsored by an employer. 
  • Must have a minimum of one year full-time or two years part-time work experience in the sector.

Candidates are invited to attend a pre-enrolment session to verify that they meet the entry requirements.

English Language

English language entry requirements - CEF B2+ or equivalent.

Candidates with English language levels below CEF B2+ must first reach this minimum standard before enrolling on the academic programme.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age: 

Leaving Certificate: 5 subjects at O6/H7 grade, to include English, and a minimum of foundation Mathematics. 


A relevant FET level 5 or 6 major award, with at least 4 distinctions, 


Equivalent qualification mapped to the national framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature applicants):

Those who do not hold the above academic qualifications, but have the required work experience in the sector, are recommended by their employer, and who demonstrate the right attitudes and behaviours, will also be eligible to apply.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

An annual pro rata third-level registration fee of €1,000 applies.


Successful apprentices can progress to senior roles in the bar trade.

They can also progress their education and training in other third level colleges in the areas of hospitality and management.

Here at Griffith College, we offer the following levels of courses in the area of hospitality management: