International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons) Top-up and Transfer

Course length
1 year full-time (top-up), 2 years full-time (Level 5 transfer)
UCAS code
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Many economies and business throughout the world now rely on their ability to attract visitors, challenging international tourism providers to keep reinventing themselves in a constantly changing environment. Preparing you to work in this dynamic field, our International Tourism Management degree top-up course will expand upon your existing skills and knowledge to help mould you into a skilled professional ready to enter a range of careers.

By taking this tourism top-up degree, you will learn higher management concepts and techniques and apply them to destinations and tourism organisations within the context of the international environment. You will also examine the intercultural and social dimensions of international tourism, such as changing global patterns, key drivers of tourism activity and the changing nature of tourists.

University College Birmingham is a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence and we offer a range of opportunities to enrich your studies and enhance your engagement with the industry. You will have access to travel and tourism events hosted on campus, as well as state-of-the-art simulation facilities within our brand new Aviation and Tourism Suite. You will also have the chance to put your learning into practice through an overseas residential visit to a major international tourism destination, letting you gain valuable first-hand insight and experience before you graduate.

What our staff and students say

Why choose this course?

  • Residential visit - To give you a unique insight into how major international destinations develop their tourism industries, you will be invited to undertake a project on an overseas residential visit, with the essential costs of your trip covered by University College Birmingham. Past students have visited Barcelona, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Cyprus, New York, Washington, Toronto and The Gambia
  • Specialise your studies - You will have the chance to work on your own research project, allowing you to critically analyse a particular area of the international tourism industry that interests you
  • Industry approved – We are an ITT Centre of Excellence and have hosted a range of tourism and travel industry events, such as the ITT Future You On The Road conference.

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

Course-specific facilities

Students on our tourism and travel courses have use of our exciting simulation facilities at our new Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin. The facilities also include check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. Find out more.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Accreditations and Endorsements 

University of Birmingham Accreditation -Partnership Logo Institute of travel and tourism  

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week at Level 5 will have up to 16 teaching contact hours, with additional optional hours if you take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by University College Birmingham. An indicative weekly timetable would feature:

  • Large group teaching – 5 hours of lectures
  • Smaller group teaching – 6 hours of teaching in smaller groups discussing topics relevant to the modules. This will also include computer-based activities
  • Tutorials – 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)
  • Industry speakers – approximately 6 hours of specialist input over a semester
  • Field trip – you will be invited to take part in an overseas residential visit – these visits typically last for 3-5 days

For Level 6, there will be fewer teaching contact hours each week, with a greater focus on independent study towards your final research project.

Individual study

You will also need to apportion approximately 20 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. Canvas, our virtual learning platform, provides 24-hour access to learning and support materials.


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 – 34%
  • Practical assessment – 33%
  • Independent research project – 33%

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

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

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Level 5 (Year 2)

Academic: A relevant HNC, Certificate of Higher Education or a higher level qualification in the areas of Tourism Management or Tourism Business Management, with 120 credits.

Level 6 (Year 3)

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Tourism Management or Tourism Business Management, with 240 credits.

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 60 for Year 2 or 120 for Year 3 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).


If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email



Modules (NV)


Level 5


Destination Planning and Development Leading People in Tourism Sustainable Tourism Management The Tourist Experience Tourism Investigations
Plus one option from:
Events Planning Responsible Nature-based Tourism Social Media in Aviation and Tourism Tourism Operations Management Dark Tourism Airport Planning Tourism Marketing Management Adventure Tourism Voluntary Initiative Creative Communications Enterprise Start-up Studies Cruise Operations

Level 6


International Tourism Policy Managing Tourism Activity Tourism Crisis Management
Plus one option from:
Financial Strategy Anthropology of Tourism Destination Management International Marketing Dark and Thanatourism Management Adventure Tourism Issues and Futures Festivals and Events Tourism

Research option

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

  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

What our employers say

At University College Birmingham, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

Completing our tourism course will enable you to move into a wide variety of areas within the international tourism industry. Our graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel, as tourism marketing executives and tourism sustainability managers.

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

  • Destination management organisations (DMOs)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Responsible travel (in commercial organisations)
  • Cultural tourism
  • Sustainable, cultural and eco-tourism organisations

Graduates who wish to continue their studies can apply to progress onto postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham, such as our MSc in Aviation Management or International Tourism Management. You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.



hired@UCB is our 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. Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

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

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles


Petra Kohoutova

BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management

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