International Tourism Business Management BA (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
N810
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BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
2 years part-time
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Overview

Tourism has become a global phenomenon over the last 50 years, with many economies and tourism businesses around the world relying on their ability to attract visitors. International tourism providers operate within a dynamic, uncertain and competitive environment. 

In the international business environment, tourism businesses and destinations need to keep abreast of the drivers of change within the global tourism landscape. This is a key step in devising successful long-term tourism business strategies. 

This top-up course equips you with the business management skills and attributes that the industry is seeking – the ability to analyse tourism trends, operate within a turbulent environment and innovative and creative strategies to compete successfully in the marketplace. 

You will also get the opportunity to specialise by choosing from our large portfolio of industry-related modules. Whatever your area of interest, you’ll find a field or sector of the tourism industry which is in-line with your career aspirations.

Why should I choose this course?

  • By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
  • You will examine the broad environment in which tourism operates, focusing on the significant value and scale of global tourism activity and the wide range of organisations within the industry.
  • In association with our industry networks, you will work on live projects with an emphasis on problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • You will have the opportunity to specialise further in a chosen area through the portfolio of option modules.
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of the international tourism industry that interests you. 

 

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have 13 teaching contact hours and additional optional hours if students take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by UCB.  An indicative timetable would show:

  • Large group teaching - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms 
  • Smaller group teaching - 6 hours of teaching in smaller groups discussing topics relevant to the module (this will also include computer-based activities)
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week) 
  • Industry speaker sessions - (approximately 6 hours of specialist input over a semester)
  • Optional languages - (3 hours per week - if selected)
  • Field trips and visits - students are also required to participate on day visits and a compulsory overseas residential visit (essential elements of the visit are included within the fees) – up to 8 days  

Individual Study

In addition, you are expected to commit approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Part-time route

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
  • Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Assessment

The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on embedding employability and professional skills and knowledge into the course through individual and team-based live projects, industry-simulated activities, online activities and student visits.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 92%
  • Practical assessment - 8%
  • Written examination - 0%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Furlong: b.furlong@ucb.ac.uk

Modules (NV)

Modules

Plus one option from:
Financial Strategy Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Anthropology of Tourism Destination Management Organisational Learning in Tourism Dark and Thanatourism Management Adventure Tourism Issues and Futures Festivals and Events Tourism International Marketing
Placements (NV)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary). 

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the tourism sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the international tourism industry. Graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel, for events companies or in the wider travel industry in travel journalism and media. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Tour operations
  • Destination management organisations
  • Tourism marketing
  • Aviation sector airlines
  • Events management

hired@UCB

hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Marius Tudor

Marius Tudor

International Tourism Business Management

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Chevonne Hosten

Chevonne Hosten

International Tourism Business Management

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Paula Seicaru

Paula Seicaru

International Tourism Business Management

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