This course is specifically designed for students with appropriate existing qualifications (such as an HND or Foundation degree) in Hospitality, Tourism or allied subjects to continue their studies to degree level. Accredited by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, it develops graduates with the managerial skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in these dynamic and challenging international industries.
As well as gaining a better understanding of hospitality and tourism management, you’ll be guided in developing your ability to evaluate, analyse and to apply your knowledge in innovative ways. The core of the course focuses on strategic management subjects taught in the context of hospitality and tourism and on research methods, with expert academic support given for your dissertation.
This course requires a Foundation Degree with 60% or above in a required subject or HND with Merit or above in a required subject.
Required subjects: Hospitality, Tourism, Travel & Tourism
GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Dissertation: A piece of independent work that involves collecting, interpreting and analysing data. You’ll share your key findings through a sustained and balanced argument. The dissertation will develop your analytical and problem solving skills. You’ll develop a critical attitude to research methods, and the ethical issues associated with researching.
Strategy & Leadership in Hospitality: You will develop your ability to review and analyse inter/ national hospitality businesses and organisations and the rationale and logic behind the strategic and tactical decisions that they take.
As well as studying these units, you’ll choose two units from the following options:
Tourism Issues & Futures: We will examine a range of critical and contemporary issues that you may not have encountered previously, with the aim of broadening your horizons and understanding of tourism. You will be challenged to think critically about issues that you may have previously taken for granted, and be encouraged to reflect critically on your own experiences and practices as a tourist.
Digital Marketing: This unit will equip you with technical skills and the conceptual understanding of how to engage effectively in digital marketing, which has evolved to the extent that it has become the dominant form of marketing in the majority of organisation.
Entrepreneurship & SME Management: You will learn how to recognise and analyse internal and external factors likely to affect the success of small hospitality and tourism businesses, and will develop the skills necessary to conceive, research and communicate a business proposal/ idea to secure the necessary external resources for a business start-up.
Financial Management: This builds on your earlier studies in finance and accounting. You’ll develop an appreciation for how organisations make financial decisions within the context of corporate strategy, and an understanding of the role(s) of financial management in organisations.
Food, Culture & Travel: You will explore the complex relationships between food, culture and travel within an international context, and from commercial and social perspectives, reflecting on aspects of critical food studies and debating a wide range of relevant topics.
International Human Resource Management in Hospitality & Tourism: This unit addresses current human resource management opportunities and challenges such as talent management, mobility and staff retention, which shape the international hospitality and tourism industries and organisations. It provides a forum in which you can critically analyse and reflect on relevant issues and their impact on business and your own management career.
Transportation for Tourism: Focussing primarily on the rail, commercial aviation and cruise industries, you’ll develop an understanding of a range of contemporary transport-related issues that are analysed and set primarily within a public policy and economics context.
Tourism & Hospitality Design: This unit addresses the role and significance of design in and for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries. You will develop the skills necessary to appraise design in relevant real-world contexts, with an emphasis on creative thinking and practice.
Visitor Attractions Management: This unit will explore the factors and issues that influence the development and management of visitor attractions in the UK and other countries. It aims to develop your awareness, understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices relating to the development and management of visitor attractions.
How we spend our free time is becoming increasingly important, which means the hospitality and tourism management industry is always looking for innovative and skilled graduates. This course will prepare you for work in this exciting sector, giving you an insight into various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry.
You can find our graduates working for some of the world’s best-known tourism organisations, including Walt Disney World, Hilton Worldwide, Travco and VisitScotland to name just a few.
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