Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management opens the door to a variety of sought-after careers including resort management, travel consultancy, tourist attractions and hotel management.
The hospitality industry is increasingly focused on international visitors and is looking for ways to partner with the tourism industry. Managers with knowledge of both sectors, and an ability to tailor hospitality services for overseas visitors, are in great demand in the UK and overseas. You will gain valuable work experience during a 12-month paid placement at a carefully chosen hospitality and tourism destination.
You will be encouraged to find a future career by studying a range of specialist subjects such as international destination management, international travel operations and hospitality operations management.
UCB offer a range of degree courses to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a range of management careers within the hospitality industry, including Hospitality with Events Management BA (Hons) and International Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons).
Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA at the end of year 3.
What our staff and students say
The University felt like a perfect match for me – Birmingham is a big city full of life and the opportunities to work and study abroad were very interesting. My placement was in one of the biggest JW Marriotts in the world, in Indianapolis, USA, It was one of the best experiences of my life.
The year spent with BaxterStorey on placement showed me a new area of the industry which I enjoyed more than anything I have done before. My knowledge with regards to the business has greatly increased and I believe that my new skills and insights will prove very useful for my professional career. The experience changed my career aspirations and I would recommend it to any student.
Why choose this course?
- Compulsory paid placement - You will undertake a 12-month paid placement to experience the industry first-hand and gain valuable work experience. You will not incur tuition fees during the placement
- Overseas residential trips - You will take part in a tailored destination management field study. Previous destinations have included New York, Copenhagen and Athens. The cost of this residential visit is included in the course fees
- Industry approved centre - The Institute of Hospitality accredits the course and is an Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence
- Specialise your studies - Tailor your studies to develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, such as Gastronomy and Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Events
You will gain experience with a unique behind-the scenes view of the catering and hospitality industry, gaining hospitality management skills in everything from casual dining to silver service. Our award-winning restaurants – the Atrium and the Brasserie – have a fantastic reputation with diners and industry professionals.
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, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £257-£302, depending on the particular items you purchase. Please also be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
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Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical week you will have up to 19 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:-
- Large group teaching - 8 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- 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)
- Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week
- Industrial placement tutorial - 1 hour
- Field trips and visits - One field study in year 4 – 40 hours
You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for lectures and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment 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 the vocational nature of this course including live project work and industry based assignments.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 68%
- Practical assessment - 24%
- Written examination - 8%
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.
Hospitality and Tourism Management BA (Hons)
A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Hospitality and Tourism Management FdA
A Level: An A level grade profile of CD
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Apprenticeship: Achieve an advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check your eligibility.
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 2019/20 entry.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
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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 2 is the work placement year for Foundation Degree students. BA (Hons) Degree students start their year in industry in the second semester of year 2 and finish it at the end of the first semester of year 3.
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In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
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.
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector in the UK and internationally, including the USA and Canada. You will gain valuable work experience on a paid 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.
Placement locations have previously included:
- The SeaPines Resort (South Carolina)
- Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (South Carolina, USA)
- Ritz Carlton (Naples, Florida and Colorado)
- The Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut, USA)
- Wequassett (Cape Cod),
- The Savoy (London)
- The Peninsula (Hong Kong)
- Andrew Brownsword Hotels (Whole Collection)
- Fairmont St Andrews (Scotland)
- Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa (Ireland)
- Ashford Castle (Ireland)
All placements are dependent on the availability of the employer/role and also on you passing an application/interview process.
What our employers say
At UCB, 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.
UCB seems to have a special talent for recruiting students who are suitable for the hospitality industry, typified by their ‘can do’ attitude. UCB students are highly regarded at Hotel Westport by the hotel’s management, department heads and work colleagues as valuable contributors to the product we deliver to our guests.
We are a luxury group of inns and restaurants located in the USA. Our diverse staff sets us apart from the competition and has allowed us to provide a great training arena for our work placement interns. Our relationship with UCB began in 2008 and has been going strong ever since. The students’ dedication and passion in culinary arts and hospitality has been outstanding. They are energetic, creative and ready for a challenge. This course has allowed us to train students in culinary or hospitality roles, which is of the upmost importance in this industry. It is fulfilling to be able to pass on our knowledge and see what achievements the students gain.
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the industry, specialising in areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations and financial management within hotel, resort and event management organisations.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career path in:
- Attractions management
- Conference and exhibition management
- Tour operations
- Travel consultancy
- Resort 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 2016 and 2018.
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies in areas such as international tourism management or marketing management. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and 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. Based in new facilities 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 - UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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