BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management

Course summary

Overview

This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the international nature of the travel and tourism industry. It aims to equip you with key business skills, academic knowledge and real-world work experience to open up an exciting array of career opportunities in this exciting and ever expanding sector of the service economy.

A plane landing in the sunsetWhy choose this course?
London is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations and headquarters to some of the leading international tourism companies. 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 study opportunities. These include guest lecturers from leading industry practitioners, industry-led assessments and practical workshops and a variety of different work placements  both home and overseas. Our aim is to help you get a foot in the door of this highly competitive industry and build a long-term career.

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Career and study progression
A career within the travel and tourism industry provides you with the opportunity to work in a variety of different sectors including:
  • tour operating
  • retail travel 
  • cruise shipping
  • attractions management. 
The nature of the travel and tourism industry is such that these positions can be found all over the world.

We recognise that for some individuals a degree is just the start to other more specialised postgraduate and professional qualifications.

For more details please see the Career and Study Progression section.

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Course detail

The focus of the course is on understanding the travel and tourism industry as a business. 

You will learn about:

  • the structure and organisation of the tourism industry
  • how the industry is changing and why
  • the needs of customers
  • the development of new tourism products and services 
  • how new products and services are brought to the market. 

On this vocationally focused course, you will examine a range of management related modules designed to develop your personal and professional skills. You willlearn about:

  • tourism marketing
  • human resource management in the service sector
  • corporate travel law
  • information and business technology
  • strategic management in the tourism industry. 

Examples and case studies are taken from a range of different companies and organisation in the public and private sectors and from all regions of the world.

Our diverse module options and the opportunity to undertake a piece of self-directed research (the dissertation) will help you explore particular areas of tourism interest. These can also help you identify and work towards your career goals.

Modules

Year one (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Tourism Management
  • Travel Geography
  • Tourism Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Finance and Accounting
  • Academic Development and Employability
  • Principles of Leadership and Management

Year two (Level 5)

  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods for Managers
  • Travel and Tourism Law
  • Sales and Marketing

Plus two options from:

  • Understanding Business Tourism
  • Attractions Management
  • Tourism Transportation
  • Inclusive Tour Operations

Year three (Level 6)

  • Tourism Planning and Policy
  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • Dissertation

Plus two options from:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Resort Management
  • Governance and Tourism.
  • Tourism and the Media Industry

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.

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 professional qualifications and work experience may also exempt you from part of the course.

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 http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country 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

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

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

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com 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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More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com 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

What our students say

Chris Spencer (Marketing Manager Intrawest Resorts)

'I used my degree to obtain entry onto a professional course in tourism marketing. Since then I have worked for a number of international companies throughout the world developing and applying the knowledge and strategies I learnt on my undergraduate course.'

Stephen Styles (Accounts Manager JB&C Heritage Products)

'The skills and knowledge I developed on the course helped me secure a management position with JB&C. It also provided a foundation for life-long learning and a desire to continually learn new things and develop my skills.'

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

Many of our graduates seek careers in travel and tourism related areas such as:

  • tour operations
  • retail travel
  • attractions management
  • hotel management
  • the transport industry
  • 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 International Tourism and Aviation Management
  • MA in Luxury Hospitality Management

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 TUI, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, British Airways 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.

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