First school in UAE to offer BTEC Hospitality Diploma

It’s official; SISD is the first school in the UAE to offer the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Hospitality. If you are 16-18 and looking for something a little different from the traditional International Baccalaureate path, this one is for you!

This diploma offers students an applied learning pathway to further their education, intending to enter the business sector. It supports progression to higher level education and is created in consultation with employers and professionals in the industry to confirm that the content is of high and relevant standards.

What does this course offer students?

This BTEC Diploma course has a selection of sector-related courses that coincide with relevant areas in the occupation. These areas include accommodation operations, retail, marketing, the front office, human resources, and accounting.

A unit for work experience is also included in this course, allowing students to gain necessary practical experience within the industry. At SISD, we are delighted to be working with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management to provide this work experience in some of the most world-renowned hotels in the UAE, including the Jumeirah Group.

What will students be doing in this course?

Students will learn 8 main themes through practical classes supported by digital learning. With a hybrid teaching and learning method where students will learn about the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  •  Environment And Sustainability In The Hospitality Industry
  •  Luxury Hospitality
  •  Front Office Operations
  •  Accommodation Operations
  •  Events In Hospitality
  •  Technology And Digital Media In Hospitality
  •  Marketing For Hospitality

These topics will each take a 4–8-week period during the course, with a mixture of in-person lessons and hotel site visits. There are some exciting visits throughout this course, for example, a trip to a turtle rehabilitation sanctuary and visits to luxury hotels such as The Burj Al Arab.

How are you assessed throughout this course?

Students are assessed continually throughout the duration of this course, with feedback provided as they progress through the grading criteria. Students are assessed through a variety of different ways, such as workplace assessment, role play, oral presentations, project and assignment work, as well as case studies. These assessment methods help to replicate the nature of work students will experience in their future careers, setting them up for success in the hospitality sector.

How will this help students with their future careers?

We look forward to welcoming you to our school!

By the continuous assessment that reflects the nature of a career in hospitality, this course is already setting students up for higher education in this field. Our Head Of Secondary, Megan La Caze, says “This 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”.

Students that have studied the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 in Business and Enterprise are able to apply for Foundation Chartered Manager status, which can help students stand out from others within the sector, further helping them land a career in this industry.

Apply today!

Students aged 16-18 at SISD who are either day or boarding students are eligible for this course. This course is brand new for September 2023. If you are interested, fill out an admission form or contact us for more information by emailing

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