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BSc (Honours) 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

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.

Key points
• 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.
• Study a course that has achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey results.


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.

Tourism Management Institute EPAS

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.

2014/15 academic year

 Membership of professional bodies and mandatory UK field trips are included in the course fee.

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.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,880 a year

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,900 a year

Course description

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 will be in a strong position to pursue a career in management in a wide range of tourism areas, including airlines, tour operators and tourism media.

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 year three, you get the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice with a paid work placement in the UK or overseas. This is a great chance to improve your career prospects and can sometimes lead to an offer of employment after you graduate. Previous students have worked at companies such as • TUI Travel • Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head • Reef and Rainforest Tours, Devon • Walt Disney World Resort, Florida • Thomas Cook, based in international resorts.

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.

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 the Tourism Management Institute conference and customer satisfaction surveys for the Sheffield Museums Trust.

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

International award
You can complete an international version of this qualification which places greater emphasis on the global events industry. You must take a work or study placement abroad and complete your final year project with an international theme.

Key areas of study
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 and strategic management
• tourism sustainability and development.

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

 

Assessment

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

Tourism Management Institute EPAS

Entry requirements

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.

Course content

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

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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