FdA Travel and Tourism Management with Placement

Course summary

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

On the course you will learn about contemporary issues associated with the travel and tourism industry, such as managing visitor attractions, inclusive tour formulation and distribution, retail sales and marketing, transport logistics and the role of governments in the tourism industry.

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.

During the course, you will undertake a one-year work placement, enabling you to enhance your industry skills and knowledge and put theory into practice within a real business environment. Our students have found exciting placements in all sectors of the industry and all over the world.

This is an intensive skill-based course that will prepare you for a wide range of different operational roles with the travel and tourism industry. A period of time spent working in the travel and tourism industry is a great feature of this course.

Career and study progression
A career within the travel and tourism industry provides you with the opportunity for international travel. Popular careers for our graduates include:

  • tour operation
  • hotel management
  • retail
  • cruise shipping logistics.

On successful completion you will be able to progress on to our BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management top-up degree.

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

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Course detail

Studying with us
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 marketing, the law, financial management and control and managing people in the services economy. All aim to provide you with the core knowledge necessary to work successfully within a travel and tourism environment.

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

At the end of year two of your course, you will undertake a one-year work placement. This will enable you to enhance your industry skills and knowledge and put theory into practice within a real business environment. Our students have found exciting placements all over the world, including at Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.

Year one (level 4) modules

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

Year two (level 5)

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Travel and Tourism Law
  • Research Methods for Managers
  • Tourism Option (one from Understanding Business Tourism or Inclusive Tour Operations)
  • Tourism Option (one from Tourism and Transportation or Attractions Management)

Year three - Placement year

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

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Fees for overseas students

Main fee
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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

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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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

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Career and study progression

The flexible structure of this degree equips you for a variety of business positions within the travel and tourism industry. Many of our graduates seek careers in areas such as:

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

Study progression

Further study

On successful completion you will be able to progress on to our BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management top-up degree.

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 the 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.