International Tourism Business Management BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
UCAS code
N810
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FdA

Course length
2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
UCAS code
N891
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This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.


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 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. Whether you’re interested in operations management in the airline industry, international marketing, events management or nature tourism, you’ll find a field or sector of the tourism industry which is in line with your career aspirations.

View the latest edition of the Traveller@UCB magazine.

Why should I choose this course?

  • 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.
  • There is an optional placement year during this course, which will provide you with valuable work experience and the opportunity to build industry contacts.
  • UCB hosts tourism and travel events as part of student enrichment and to promote industry awareness. The University is proud to be an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence and staged the ITT Future You On The Road conference in February 2016. 

Residential visits

As part of your assessment, you will participate in visits both within the UK and overseas. The costs for the essential elements of these visits will be included within the tuition fees. The projects you will undertake overseas will give you a unique insight into how major international destinations develop their tourism industries. Previous destinations include Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona,Seville, Berlin, Amsterdam, The Gambia, Cyprus, Toronto,Boston, Washington and New York.

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

 

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have 16 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.

Assessment

Assessment is designed to provide you with 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 

International Tourism Business Management BA (Hons)

Tariff for February 2017 entry: A minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff points.

Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

International Tourism Business Management FdA

Tariff for February 2017 entry: A minimum of 140 UCAS Tariff points.

Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. 

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. 

Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for February 2017 entry and September 2017 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

 

UCAS Tariff calculator

For February 2017 entry, please use our UCAS Tariff calculator here.

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk

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Qualification Grade Points
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Modules (NV)

Modules

FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Developing People in Tourism Tourism and Media Tourism Business Environment Tourism Destinations Tourism Professional Practice Travel and Tourism Marketing

Year 2

Destination Planning and Development Leading People in Tourism Tourism Investigations Tourism Marketing Management Tourism Operations Management
Plus one option from:
Events Planning Responsible Nature-based Tourism Social Media in Tourism Dark Tourism Airport Planning Adventure Tourism Sustainable Tourism Management Voluntary Initiative Modern Languages (Upper Intermediate) Creative Communications Enterprise Start-up Studies Cruise Operations

Optional Work Placement

Year 3

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

Research option

In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

 

Placements (NV)

Work Placement

You can gain valuable work experience on an optional 12-month work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. 

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the tourism sector in the UK and internationally. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a paid placement 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

UCB hosts tourism and travel events as part of student enrichment and to promote industry awareness. The University is proud to be an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence and staged the ITT Future You On The Road conference in February 2016.

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

Chevonne Hosten

Chevonne Hosten

International Tourism Business Management

Paula Seicaru

Paula Seicaru

International Tourism Business Management

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