BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management with Placement

Course summary

The Bachelor's degree with Honours in Travel and Tourism Management with Placement is an ideal course to prepare you to enter a range of different managerial positions within the travel and tourism industry in both the public and private sectors.

Why choose this course?
London is one of the world's premier tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all around the globe. It is also the headquarters of 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 opportunities. These include:
  • guest lecturers from leading industry practitioners
  • industrially sponsored projects
  • work placements.
These help you get a foot in the door of this highly competitive industry.

The course encourages the development of intellectual operational and management skills and provides a solid foundation for aspiring and ambitious students keen to pursue a management career in the tourism sector. Course content includes modules specific to the study of travel and tourism as well as contextualised business management units.

A work placement programme is a feature of this course. The placement requires students to work alongside the university's Careers and Placement Office to secure a position. Placements can be in all sectors of the industry and can be at home or overseas (visas permitting).

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:
  • tour operation
  • hotel management
  • retail 
  • cruise ship management. 
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.

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Course detail

Studying with us

At Level 4 you will be introduced to the functional areas of business and management that support the tourism industry. You will also develop detailed knowledge of the tourism industry and it component sectors.

At Level 5 you will develop an understanding of business and management relating to specific areas of the tourism industry.

During the Placement year students normally work in a variety of paid positions in travel and tourism at various locations throughout the world. Preparation for the placement takes place from year one.  The placement offers a practical opportunity to apply some of the more theoretical ideas and concepts developed on the course.

At Level 6 you will take a strategic approach to the study of travel and tourism. The year offers you the opportunity to learn about the process of tourism development. It also explains how the industry is adapting to changes in the business environment and the need to manage uncertainty and risk. During the final year all students are expected to undertake a major piece of self-directed research (the Dissertation).


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

Choice of two optional modules from:

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


  • Work placement

Level 6

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

Choice of two optional modules from:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Governance of Tourism
  • Tourism and the Media
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Resort Management

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. Generally 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

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

Main fee

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. 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

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Career and study progression

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

  • tour operations
  • retail travel
  • attractions management
  • hotels
  • 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. 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.