BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management

Course summary

This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the international tourism industry. Through study of key business skills, relevant academic learning and real-world work experience, you will get a flying start to an exciting career in travel and tourism.

Why choose this course?
London is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and attracts tourists from all over the globe. Studying at UWL puts you in prime position to gain exposure to the industry, supplement your learning and build contacts.

We have built strong links with major tourism employers, enabling us to offer you unique opportunities. These include guest lecturers from leading industry practitioners and work placements to help you get a foot in the door of this highly competitive industry.

Career and study progression
A career within the travel and tourism industry provides you with opportunities all over the world. Popular careers for our graduates include tours, hotels and cruises.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.


Course detail

You will learn about contemporary issues associated with the travel and tourism industry, such as:

  • visitor attractions
  • tour operators
  • travel agencies
  • transportation for tourism
  • governments and tourism.

This is a vocationally focused course, with a range of management related modules to develop your personal and professional skills. You will learn about the areas of sales and marketing, legislative frameworks and managing people, providing you with the core knowledge to work successfully within a travel and tourism environment.

Our diverse module options and your dissertation will help you explore the areas of particular interest to you. This will help you explore your specialism, so you can identify and work towards your career goals. 

If you already hold a related HND/FdA qualification and have relevant industry work experience, you can enter the final year of the degree directly. Other qualifications may also exempt you from part of the course. In Year Four (Year Three accredited work placement route) (Credit Level 6) you have the opportunity to choose optional modules, so you can tailor the course to suit you, and complete a dissertation based on an area of particular interest.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Tourism Management
  • European Travel Geography
  • The Business Environment
  • Legislative Frameworks
  • Management Information
  • Personal and Professional Development for Managers.

Year 2 (Level 5) modules

  • Tourism Industry Issues
  • Tourism Operations
  • Management Accounting and Decision-making
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing People in Practice
  • Inclusive Tour Operations.

Year 3 (Level 6) modules

  • Tourism Planning and Development
  • Tourism Policy and Strategy
  • Dissertation.

Plus one option from:

  • Global Marketing
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Facilities Management.

And two options from:

  • Ecotourism
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Resort and Casino Management
  • Governance and Tourism.

Entry requirements

You will need 112 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalents.

If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry into Level 5
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board.

Entry into Level 6
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you:

  • have significant supervisory or management industrial experience and wish to enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise
  • have a Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject (or equivalent qualification).

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Teaching staff

What our students say

Sherween Oldham (Managing Director, Blackstone Valentine)

The subjects and modules on the course excited me, created a passion for future learning and inspired me to launch my own company to promote and sell tourism products in the Caribbean.

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

This is a flexible degree that equips you with many key business skills, but many of our graduates seek careers in travel and tourism related areas such as:

  • tour operations
  • retail travel
  • visitor attractions
  • hotel or airline industries
  • the cruise sector
  • public sector tourism agencies.

Study progression

Further study
Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about. Popular study progression for graduates includes:

  • MA in Tourism Management
  • MA in Travel Communication.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 96% of our graduates are in work within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.