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Courses Offered At Boma International Hospitality College

by Victor Matara

On this post, we have a look at the courses offered at Boma International Hospitality College (BIHC). This is a state-of-the-art hospitality school that is located within the BOMA hotel complex in South C, Nairobi. It was established in May 2015 to address an increasing gap in the provision of qualified staff for the Kenyan hospitality industry. It’s an affiliate of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

Boma International Hospitality College offers its courses in conjunction with the Business and Hotel Management School (BHMS), a world-class hospitality school in Luzern, Switzerland. The partnership enables undergraduate students to study their final bachelor year at BHMS in Switzerland. BIHC offers three academic programs: short courses, certificate courses and diploma courses.  The short courses are offered on a part-time basis while the certificate and diploma courses are offered on a full-time basis.

Diploma Courses Offered at Boma International Hospitality College

1. Diploma in Culinary Arts

This is a 2-year program for students interested in pursuing the chefs’ profession while looking to discover and familiarize with the fundamentals of food and beverage management and progress.

Study Areas

Year 1 Study Areas:

  • Food Commodities & Food Production
  • Food Production (Practicals)
  • Kitchen Organization
  • Menu Planning and Design
  • Food Science, Hygiene and HACCP
  • Introduction to Baking & Pastry
  • Personal Planning & Development
  • Languages
  • Applied Culinary Arts Operations
  • Basic First Aid & Fire Safety Training
  • Industry Attachment I

Year 2 Study Areas:

  • Advanced Food Production (Theory & Practicals)
  • Food and Beverage Events & Management
  • Nutrition in Menu Planning
  • Hospitality Law & Ethics
  • Bar and Beverage Knowledge
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied Culinary Operations
  • Industry Attachment II

2.Diploma in Hotel Management 

This is a 2-year course that equips students with theoretical and practical knowledge of operating a hotel.  This way, they get to learn the two most important operating departments of a hotel: the Rooms Division and Food & Beverage. They get practical applications of the knowledge at the Boma Hotel.

Study Areas

Year 1 Study Areas:

  • Food & Beverage Planning and Cost Control
  • Food & Beverage Service Operations Theory
  • Food & Beverage Service Practical’s
  • Food Production Theory & Practical’s
  • Applied Hotel Operations (The Boma Hotel)
  • Managerial Accounting 1
  • Customer Service & Effective Communication
  • Language French
  • Basic First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Business Applications (IT & Research Skills)
  • Personal Planning & Development
  • Hospitality & Tourism Business Environment
  • Industry Placement I 4-5 months

Year 2 Study Areas:

  • Food & Beverage Events Management.
  • Applied Hotel Operations (The Boma Hotel)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Language Chinese
  • Business Communication
  • Hospitality Law & Ethics
  • Front Office Operations Theory & Practice
  • Housekeeping Theory and Practicals
  • Property Management System (Opera)
  • Study Skills & Research Techniques
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Resorts & Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Social Media & Revenue Management
  • Professional Seminars
  • Industry Placement II 4-5 months

Certificate Courses offered at Boma International Hospitality College

1.Certificate in Food & Beverage Operations

This is a 1-year course that provides students with professional skills to operate within a food and beverage department of a hotel or any foodservice operations establishment.

Study Areas

Year 1 Study Areas:

  • Food & Beverage Planning and Cost Control
  • Food & Beverage Service Operations Theory
  • Food & Beverage Service Practical’s
  • Food Production Theory & Practical’s
  • Applied Hotel Operations
  • Managerial Accounting 1
  • Customer Service & Effective Communication
  • Languages
  • Basic First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Business Applications
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Hospitality & Tourism Business Environment
  • Industry Placement I 4-5 months

2.  Certificate in Rooms Divison Operations & Management

The 1-year course equips students with professional skills to run the rooms division department of a hotel or any foodservice operations establishment.

Study Areas

Term 1 Study Areas:

  • Food & Beverage Planning and Cost Control
  • Food & Beverage Service Operations Theory
  • Food & Beverage Service Practical’s
  • Food Production Theory & Practical’s
  • Applied Hotel Operations
  • Managerial Accounting 1
  • Customer Service & Effective Communication
  • Languages
  • Basic First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Business Applications
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Hospitality & Tourism Business Environment
  • Industry Placement I 4-5 months

Term 2 Study Areas:

  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Events Management
  • Applied Hotel Operations (The BOMA Rooms Division)
  • Managerial Accounting II
  • Languages
  • Business Communication
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Front Office Operations Theory & Practice
  • Housekeeping Theory and Practicals
  • Property Management System (Opera)
  • Study Skills & Research Techniques
  • Sales & Marketing in the Hospitality & Events Industry
  • Professional Seminars
  • Industry Placement II 4-5 months

Short Courses offered at Boma International Hospitality College

These courses are covered in a duration of 40 hours for 2 weeks. They cost Ksh 40,000.

  • International Cookery
  • Pastry & Bakery
  • Front Office and Concierge Operation.
  • Hospitality Property Management Systems (Opera) Operations
  • Housekeeping & Laundry Operations
  • Wine & Bar Knowledge.

Boma International Hospitality College Entry Requirements 

Diploma programmes

KCSE Mean Grade C- (MINUS) with C- (MINUS) or above in English or Kiswahili and a D (PLAIN) in Mathematics.

Certificate programmes

KCSE Mean Grade D+ (PLUS) with D+ (PLUS) or above in English or Kiswahili and a D-(MINUS) in Mathematics

Boma International Hospitality College Contacts

Phone: : +254 719 050 550

Address: South C (Bellevue) Red Cross Road, Off Mombasa Road

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