Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world. Mass flows of tourists and rapid expansion means the industry is facing many challenges, notably in how global tourism activity can sustain such growth in the long term whilst providing benefits to local communities and minimising environmental damage.
This course focuses on the wider management issues impacting on tourism and the challenges caused by the growth in tourism will be addressed throughout your studies.
There is an increase in demand for skilled professionals to work in both destination management organisations and tourism businesses which promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices, and this course offers graduates a route into these careers as well as within the wider tourism industry.
What our staff and students say
Studying at UCB has had a massive impact on my career and in a few years I want to study the topic further, especially the area of Dark Tourism.
The three years I spent at UCB helped me more than I ever thought they would. My aim was to gain knowledge on a worldwide scale in order to work in the tourism industry. I had the opportunity to visit Glasgow in Scotland for a ‘live’ project and UCB facilitated another trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, for learning purposes and assessment. International Tourism Management opened my eyes and made me realise the opportunities available in this huge industry.
Why choose this course?
- Residential visits* - You will undertake projects overseas that will give you a unique insight into how major international destinations develop their tourism industries. Previous destinations include Iceland, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Seville, Berlin, Amsterdam, The Gambia, Cyprus, Toronto, Boston, Washington and New York. The essential costs of these trips are covered by UCB.
- Optional 48-week paid professional placement – If you are studying the BA (Hons) course, you can undertake a 48-week paid placement to experience the industry first-hand and gain valuable work experience. You will not incur tuition fees during the placement
- Specialise your studies - 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
- Enrichment opportunities - 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
- Practical application - You will learn higher management concepts and techniques and apply them to destinations and tourism organisations within the context of uncertainty and dynamism.
*Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
As part of UCB's ongoing investment, students on this course will have use of exciting new simulation facilities, including 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.
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.
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 a typical teaching week will have up to 16 teaching contact hours and additional optional hours if students take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by UCB. An indicative weekly timetable would show:
- 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 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.
You will 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. 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 embedding employability and professional skills and knowledge into the course through individual and team-based live projects, industry-stimulated activities, online activities and student visits.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 78%
- Practical assessment - 22%
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.
A Level: An A level grade profile of BCC
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of DMM, 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 104 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 104 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
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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Optional Work Placement
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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 tourism sector in the UK and internationally.
You can gain valuable work experience on an optional paid 48-week 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. You will not incur tuition fees during the 48-week placement.
Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.
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.
Our programmes are based on 'experiential learning' the idea that we learn by doing and grow in the process. UCB students have always demonstrated the entrepreneurial capacity to seize the opportunities offered them, from establishing eco-tourism initiatives in their own country, to developing new programmes and assuming management positions.
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 international tourism industry. Graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel, 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 to postgraduate courses at UCB 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. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, 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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