FdA Travel and Tourism Management

Course summary

The course is proud of its strong links to major employers in all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. This allows us to offer you unique opportunities including guest lectures from leading industry practitioners, work related projects and an extensive programme of trips and visits. All help you get a foot in the door in this highly competitive industry.

Why choose this course?
This course aims to give you the highest quality tourism management education. It capitalises on our strategic location based in one of the premier tourist destinations in the world and as part of the West London conurbation – home to some of the leading international travel and tourism companies.

The course attracts students from all over the world. Our aim is to combine academic knowledge with practical learning. Strong links to the tourism industry, high standards of teaching, and work-related learning give our graduates a wide choice of options for successful careers in the travel and tourism sector.

This course is recognised by the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Travel Foundation. It consistently achieves high scores in the National Student Survey.

The course is modular, allowing you some freedom and flexibility in choosing your choice of specialist tourism modules. Our highly experienced teaching staff all have management experience drawn from the travel and tourism industry many of whom have worked internationally including in South-East Asia, Europe and the Americas.

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

Studying with us

Throughout the course, we will deliver a range of management related modules to support the study of travel and tourism. You will learn about:

  • sales and marketing
  • travel and tourism legislation
  • business technology
  • controlling tourism budgets
  • how to manage people in the service economy.

We aim to provide you with the core information necessary to work successfully within a commercial travel and tourism environment.


Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Plus two options from:

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

Entry requirements

You will need 72 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • 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.

International students

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 for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


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. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • 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.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

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

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

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.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

What our students say

Sherween Oldham, BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Graduate and Managing Director, Blackstone Valentine

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

Mathieu Poitevin, BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management student

“I chose this course because I was passionate about the subject ‘Travel & Tourism’. The approach, design and strategy of the courses did meet my aspirations. Besides, the course was also providing a work-placement which furthered my choice when considering the current economic crisis and the need, for us students to proactively respond to the demand of work experience within the job market.”

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 attraction management
  • hotel or airline industries
  • the cruise sector
  • public sector tourism agencies.

Study progression

After successfully completing the course, you can choose to study the BA (Hons) Top-up in Travel and Tourism Management.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% 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.