BSc (Honours) International Tourism Management with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

International Tourism Management with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in international tourism management, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course. Understand the sustainable development of the global tourism industry through live management projects, field trips and applied learning oppor

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).
  • Learn about tourism, consumer experience, operations and planning.
  • Develop vital skills in marketing, leadership and project management.
  • Take opportunities to study abroad, gain experience and study a language.
  • Collaborate with tourism organisations on a consultancy basis.

On this course you’ll learn about managing tourism in the face of global issues – aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals to become a responsible leader of tomorrow.

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Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 6% of business schools globally.

Tourism subject group award

Our Tourism subject group is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), the membership organisation for tourism industry professionals and educators.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our award-winning lecturers have vast industry experience. They apply their impactful research to their teaching, so you’ll be able to understand the latest global tourism trends. You’ll also engage with industry through live tourism projects. The course combines theory, placements and work experience opportunities to develop your intellectual and professional acumen – all helping you to stand out to employers.

You learn through

  • a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops
  • field trips and site visits
  • talks and resources developed by industry and professional bodies
  • live projects with external organisations
  • independent study and group work

You’ll learn about managing the tourist experience, innovating in destination marketing, sustainable tourism, responsible planning, strategy and crisis management in tourism. This will be underpinned by core business and management modules in marketing, people management and finance to make you industry ready.

We believe you learn best when you engage with the industry first-hand and gain a well-developed understanding of the complexities, challenges and rewards of operating in the international tourism industry. Your course culminates in a consultancy experience with an external client – where you get to showcase the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the course.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

Course leaders and tutors

Mohammed Yaqub
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Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you industry experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have undertaken placements with companies such as Jet2, Disney World and Sunvil Holidays to name a few.

Live projects

In every year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects to build your skills and professional experience. Recent students have audited accessibility information for Access for All, provided market research for TUI UK and Ireland, and evaluated the South American tourism product for Luxury Inspire Me Travel.

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of your studies. They’re the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers and tutors – as well as to put your theoretical knowledge into context and engage in in-depth discussions about your discipline. Previous students have enjoyed a two-day visit to the Lake District – where students received a talk from the National Park Authority and learned about the impacts of tourism on the destination.

Networking opportunities

You’ll frequently engage with tourism industry stakeholders throughout the course. Many modules include guest speakers, and you’ll benefit from a close relationship with the industry through our graduate networks and links with The Travel Association, the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and the Tourism Management Institute.


We’ll encourage and support you to take part in external student competitions. Recently, one of our International Tourism Management students won the prestigious YCO Diamond Research Award in which 40 countries were competing. The award-winning work was based on her final year research project. 

Future careers

Britain is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025, representing just under 10% of the GDP and 3.7 million jobs (VisitBritain 2022).

This course prepares you for a career in

  • tourism product development and management
  • tourism operations management
  • destination management
  • destination marketing
  • customer service management
  • pricing analyst

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Jet2
  • British Airways
  • TUI
  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Visit Britain
  • All Leisure Holiday Group
  • Manchester International Airport
  • UK Civil Aviation Authority
  • Center Parcs
  • Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you work with specialist tourism management tools. For example, former students have used Airline Online to learn about airline route management.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent


  • Access to HE Diploma, with at least 45 level 3 credits.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Going Global
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
People, Decisions And Behaviours
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Preparing For Success
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sustainable Innovation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Academic Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Finance And Data Interpretation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To The Global Tourism Sector
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Managing The Tourist Experience
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Research Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Social Consciousness And Sustainability In Tourism
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)

Elective modules

Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Innovations In Tourism Marketing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Learning In The Workplace
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Consultancy And Enterprise Challenge
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Responsible Global Tourism Planning
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Strategy And Crisis Management In International Tourism And Hospitality
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Research Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Tourism and hospitality courses (PDF, 335.5KB)

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