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BSc (Honours) Tourism Management

For 2016 entry, this course will be changing to International Tourism Management

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time
UCAS code • N800 | Location • City Campus

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Overview

Tourism Management degree overview

Gain knowledge and insight across the breadth of the tourism sector, enabling you to choose the career path which interests you most. Learn from an experienced lecturing team with industry and research backgrounds and then apply what you’ve learnt with a placement at a major organisation like Hilton International or TUI Travel.

• Work with lecturers with significant industry and research experience.
• The chance to gain a placement with a major international company such as Walt Disney World, Florida.
• Get student membership of professional bodies such as the Tourism Management Institute/Tourism Society.
• Learn a language as part of your course.


Professional recognition

This course is accredited by EPAS. This accreditation recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.

This course is also recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the destination management section of the Tourism Society.


Fees – home and EU students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

For the course fee see our fees page.

Fees - international students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,900 a year

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

Course description

What you study
Gain knowledge and insight across the breadth of the tourism sector, enabling you to choose the career path that interests you most.

As a graduate, you are in a strong position to pursue a career in management in a wide range of tourism areas, including airlines, tour operators, destination management and tourism media.

The main themes include
• structure and dynamics of the tourism industry
• contemporary tourism markets and consumer trends
• management principles applied to tourism, including human resources, operations management, marketing and strategic management
• tourism sustainability and development.

You can also study a foreign language from beginner to advanced level.

Year one modules give you core knowledge of topics such as the tourism industry, its markets and resources, and understanding tourist behaviour. You build on this knowledge in the second year, further developing your management skills and understanding of tourism.

In the final year, you investigate policy, planning and strategic management aspects of tourism. You can also investigate a topic of your choice through an independent project.

Work placements in the UK and overseas
In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as • TUI Travel, based in European resorts • Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head • Sunvil, London • Isle of Man Department of Tourism • Walt Disney World Resort, Florida • Butler Search Group, USA resorts • Thomas Cook, based in international resorts.

Real-world projects
As part of the course, you get the opportunity to work on real projects to build your skills and professional experience. Recently students have been involved in a visitor development project for Bridlington Old Town, marketing projects to support pro-poor tourism organisations in Kenya and Rwanda, and organising and participating in a sustainable tourism development training field visit to Kenya.

Previous students have been involved in the Tourism Management Institute Hot Topic conference and customer satisfaction surveys for the Sheffield Museums Trust.

You also have the opportunity to attend the World Travel Market event in London, a major industry event.

Fieldwork and site visits also play a key role in your studies. And we use visiting speakers, who are able to share their experiences and insight into the industry, to bring your learning to life.

Teaching
You learn from lecturers with extensive industry experience in areas such as airline management, destination management and tour operations management.

Many are also involved in research, in topics such • pro-poor tourism • economic impact of tourism • adventure tourism • national park policy and planning • urban tourism • small businesses tourism • human trafficking.

Assessment

• coursework • examinations • work placements by written report • group work • individual and group presentations • reports • posters • in-classed timed assessment • self-evaluations

Entry requirements

2016 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 280 points including at least 160 points from two GCE/VCE A levels or BTEC National qualifications. AS levels may count towards these points. We accept general studies. Key Skills qualifications are not included.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit – we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

2015 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 280 points including at least 160 points from two GCE/VCE A levels or BTEC National qualifications. AS levels may count towards these points. We accept general studies. Key Skills qualifications are not included.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit – we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course content

2015

Year one core modules
• accounting skills for managers • introduction to marketing • contemporary business environment • the human side of organisations • developing your managerial skills • tourist behaviour • understanding tourism as a business

Year one options
• the world of tourism • foreign language

Year two core modules
• operations management • management accounting • contemporary thinking in marketing • human resource management • tourism and development • tourism and hospitality marketing communications • research for industry

Year two options
• business tourism • ecotourism • tourism field visit • small business and tourism management • foreign language

Year three
• optional work placement

Final year core modules
• strategic management for hospitality and tourism • sustainable tourism planning • contemporary challenges for tourism • project

Final year options
• career management and professional development (four year route only) • tourist destination marketing • learning through mega and major events • tourism and the media or foreign language

2016

Year one core modules
• business analytics • marketing communications • international tourism business • academic and professional skills • consumer behaviour in tourism

Year one options
• the world of tourism • foreign language

Year two core modules
• people and organisations • the international business environment • tourism industry experience • tourism, development and society

Year two options
• international adventure tourism • heritage and cultural tourism • international tourism destination analysis • digital tourism marketing • managing the visitor • managing nature based tourism • foreign language

Year three
• optional work placement

Final year core modules
• strategic management for hospitality and tourism • sustainable tourism planning • contemporary challenges for tourism • project • hospitality and tourism career planning and enterprise

Final year options
• tourist destination marketing • learning through mega and major events • media relations in travel and tourism or foreign language

Careers

This course enables graduates to go into a range of careers in the tourism industry or to use the management skills they have gained to go into other industries.

Previous graduates have gone into careers in • customer service management • product development and management • operations management • marketing and promotion.

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