BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management

Course summary

This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the structure, nature and operating characteristics of the international tourism industry using a combination of academic learning and practical, industry-focused study.

Our strong links with major tourism employers enable 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. You will learn about issues associated with the travel and tourism industry, such as visitor attractions, tour operators, travel agencies, transportation for tourism, and governments and tourism.

Based in the heart of Britain's tourism industry, you will have easy access to central London and Heathrow airport, putting you close to UK and international tourist destinations.

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.


Course detail

Throughout the course, we will deliver a range of management related modules to support your subject specific studies. You will learn about sales and marketing, legislative frameworks and managing people, providing you with the core information to work successfully within travel and tourism environment.
Our students are required to undertake a minimum of 40 weeks placement (1600 hours). You may be exempt from the placement year if you have appropriate work experience or current occupation.

During your final year you will be able to choose optional modules to allow you to tailor the course to suit your interests, and will complete a dissertation based on an area of particular interest to you.


Year 1 (Level 4)

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

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • 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

112 UCAS points normally in a minimum of two subject areas, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade A*–C, or equivalent.

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


UK fees

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Fees for our 2017 courses have not yet been released.


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Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

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During the course

Notable aspects

Student placements have included Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.

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

A career within the travel and tourism industry provides you with truly global opportunities. Our graduates have found and continue to find exciting work placements all over the world.

On successful completion of this course, you could start your career in a variety of different areas, including:

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

Study progression

If you want to continue your studies you can progress onto our MA in Tourism Management or our MA in Travel Communication.