Hotel sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Kenya‗s economy. It now requires
an astute business mind, creative management and stunning interests to fully explore and
appropriate its socio- economic prospects. The Bachelor of Catering and Hotel
Management degree brings to aspirants opportunity to be part of the global leadership in
Hotel and Catering sector. Currently Hotel and catering courses are mainly offered by
tertiary colleges at certificate and diploma levels. This degree programme will therefore
provide an immediate opportunity to those students who graduate from these colleges.
This programme is unique in that it covers all areas of hospitality that is an important
component in the tourism industry, the fastest growing sector. The Kenyan Hotel industry
is a dynamic sector that is growing fast and this programme targets to train those
interested in a career in the Hotel industry. Trainees will be expected to specialize in
either Hotel management or Catering. The stake holders recommended that there is need
to include courses in marketing and course emphasizing on human morals. Further it was
evident that there was need to introduce more foreign languages other than French. The
career opportunities include:- Food and Beverage management, Catering management,
Hotel or Resort management, Front Office management, Resident management, Property
Management and Meetings Consultant or Resort Supervisor,.
The aim of Bachelor of Catering and Hotel Management programme is to produce
professionals with firm academic and practical orientation in the Hotel industry.
Specifically the programme will: Allow the students to develop competence in general
Hotel management. Prepare students to effectively work as front office officer, guest
relation officer, reservation agent, and cashier and night auditor. Enable Students learn
how to plan, cost & prepare a large variety of dishes. Prepare students to supervise dry-cleaning plants & house-keeping operations in hotels, hospitals & institutions. Expose
students to all types of restaurant service, bar operations & food & wine knowledge.
Prepare students for supervisory responsibility in food & beverage operations and ability
to carry out independent research in respective discipline.
All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Catering and Hotel
Management BCHM. must satisfy the minimum common entrance requirements as
stipulated by the Egerton University Statutes. EITHER KCSE certificate with a minimum
aggregate of C+ and a minimum of C in both Mathematics and English/Kiswahili. OR 4.2
Be a holder of KACE certificate with a minimum of two principal passes and subsidiary
pass With a minimum of credit pass in Mathematics at KCE OR 4.3 Be a holder of a
diploma in a relevant discipline with a credit pass from an institution recognized by
university senate. ORBe a holder of any equivalent qualification recognized by the
university senate. 4.5 Based on senate approved guidelines, candidates may be allowed to
transfer up to 30% of credit factors from a related diploma course.
Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelors of Catering and Hotel degree programme takes FOURacademic years for
full time students. Part-time students may be allowed to cover the programme within
EIGHT academic years. In order to fulfill the graduation requirements for Bachelor of
Catering and Hotel Management Degree, candidates are required to take and pass at least
all courses done.
The course codes are four capital letters namely; BCHM standing for Bachelor of
Catering and Hotel Management, followed by three digits. The first digit indicates year or
level the course is offered i.e. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Second digit indicates the nature of sub-discipline of the course within the discipline. Levels 0 - General BCHM courses 1 -Accounting courses 2 - Marketing courses 3 - Hotel Courses 4 - Catering courses. Third
digit indicates the sequencing of the course.
All examinations for the B Sc. in Catering and Hotel management shall be conducted in
accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute
The grading of examination for B Sc. in Catering and Hotel managementshall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate with a B Sc. in Catering and Hotel management a student shall be required to
take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for B Sc.Catering and Hotel management shall be in accordance with
Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students.