Department of Hospitality Management, Full-time Programmes

Higher Diploma in Specialty Coffee and Café Business Management

2-year Full-time (3-month industrial placement)

Course Code:
QF Level:
Level 4
Registration Number:
Validity Period:
01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026
CEF Course Code:
Start Date:
Sept 2024
Mode of Study & Programme Length:
2-year Full-time (3-month industrial placement)
Medium of Instruction:
Except for Chinese language courses, lectures will be conducted in English (supplemented with Cantonese as appropriate) and teaching notes and course assessments are in English.
Tuition Fee:
HK$54,780 ($5,478 x 10 installments) #The tuition fee is subject to the final approval of EDB **Students will receive financial assistance from COC with an amount of HK$10,000 (HK$5,000/year).
Programme Features:
  • Offer mock-up facilities including F&B training center and professional coffee making equipment for practical training
  • Facilitate students to obtain professional qualifications such as the certificates presented by Specialty Coffee Association and Basic Food Hygiene Certificate for Hygiene Manager recognized by Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  • Enhance students’ career development through our strong industry and employment networks
  • Arrange 3-month industrial placement for students to gain hands-on experience in the actual workplace
  • Focus on practice and application which enhances self-learning
  • Build a solid foundation for students’ future academic progression with our diverse learning elements
  • This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund with course code 43H141051
  • This course is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 4) with registration no. 22/000317/L4 and validity period of 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2026.
Programme Content


  • English in the Workplace I
  • English in the Workplace II
  • Putonghua for Business
  • Business Environment
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing for Hotel and Tourism Industry
  • Human Resources Management in Hotel and Tourism Industry
  • Quality Management in Hotel and Tourism Industry
  • Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Industrial Placement


  • Café Business Management
  • Professional Bar Management
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Food Production and Hygiene
  • Patisserie and Artisan Bakery Production
  • Gastronomy & Innovation
  • Café Operations
  • Entremets and Artistic Skills
  • Barista Skills Development
  • Brewing Skills Development
  • Green Coffee, Sensory and Roasting Skills Development
  • Entrepreneurship
Admission Requirements
  • Obtain Level 2 or above in five subjects* in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) including Chinese Language and English Language; or
  • Complete pre-Associate Degree or Diploma Yi Jin or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Obtain relevant QF Level 3 qualification with at least 1-year full-time study load or equivalent recognized by HKCAAVQ; or
  • Complete Diploma offered by YMCA College of Careers; or
  • Aged 21 or above will be considered on an individual basis; and
  • Pass admission interview

*An “Attained”, “Attained with Distinction (I)” and “Attained with Distinction (II)” in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at “Level 2”, “Level 3” and “Level 4” respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.

Further Opportunities
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for relevant bachelor degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities.
  • Graduates are also eligible to gain various job opportunities in related industries:
    • Barista
    • Café server
    • Coffee beans and coffee making equipment sale representative
    • Assistant of coffee green bean buyer
    • Junior coffee roaster
    • Marketing assistant in catering establishments