International Tourism Management BA (Hons)





About the course

Open doors to a vast range of careers in the rapidly growing tourism industry – from airlines to hotels, business and conference centres to eco-tourism destinations, the possibilities are almost endless.

This International Tourism Management course offers a sandwich year placement in the UK or abroad, giving you the chance to explore potential careers.

Your studies will focus on global issues such as the development and management of sustainable tourism and some of the most pressing issues in international tourism management, including the impact of new technology on travel, tourism and mobility, the environmental, economic and social impacts of tourism.

You will enjoy field trips to trips to tourist destinations or attractions, and an opportunity to specialise in visitor attractions, air transport, sports tourism or events management.

The University of Bedfordshire is a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, the only professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest trade sectors in the UK.

Choose International Tourism Management BA (Hons) degree at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn the skills needed to enter careers in a wide range of UK or international tourism management settings
  • Study theory and practice in difference branches of tourism, including visitor attractions, air transport, heritage and sustainable tourism
  • Develop your understanding of the industry, with a final year work placement in the UK or abroad, with the opportunity to develop additional foreign language skills
  • Gain knowledge of strategic management of tourism-related businesses
  • Explore a range of potential career options with companies like tour operators, destination management companies, airlines and major hotel chains
  • Benefit from a course that opens up diverse career opportunities in a fast-growing industry, including in international tourism development, tour operations, air transport management, destination management, business development and marketing, as well as a range of further study opportunities.



International Tourism Management - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N843
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 4 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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International Tourism Management with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about International Tourism Management with foundation year





Why choose this course?

This course can result in the opportunity to follow vast number of careers in the tourism industry to suit your particular interest, for example, working for airlines, the hospitality industry, and business and conference organisation.

In your third year will undertake a sandwich year providing you with opportunities to apply academic knowledge to practice, learn new skills, and develop your professional networks. The sandwich year abroad offer opportunities to work in a professional environment, within a foreign culture and learn or practice a foreign language and will enhance your future career prospects.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Business Pod (BBS001-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Tourism And Hospitality (TAL020-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Tourism And Hospitality (TAL021-1) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Management In Tourism (TAL036-2) Compulsory
  • International Crisis Management And Communication In Tourism (TAL035-2) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning (BSS008-2) Compulsory
  • Research Skills For Tourism, Hospitality And Events (TAL032-2) Compulsory
  • Tourism Marketing (TAL033-2) Compulsory
  • Travel And Tourism Law (TAL034-2) Compulsory
  • Ict For Tourism (TAL029-2) Optional
  • International Hospitality Operations (TAL030-2) Optional
  • Visitor Attraction Management (TAL014-2) Optional
  • Critical Issues In Tourism Hospitality And Events (TAL016-3) Compulsory
  • International Tourism Management Dissertation (TAL025-3) Compulsory
  • International Tourism Management Sandwich (TAL027-3) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You (BSS023-3) Compulsory
  • Strategic Management For Tourism Hospitality And Events (TAL021-3) Compulsory
  • Global Sport Events (TAL018-3) Optional
  • Sustainable Tourism In Developing Countries (TAL024-3) Optional
  • Tourism, Communication And Intercultural Relations (TAL026-3) Optional



Discover the Department of International Business, Marketing & Tourism

We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

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How will I be assessed?

In line with the Business Schools commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to synthesise class room learning with real life scenarios within the international tourism industry.

We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods.

You will be expected to complete two or three assessments per unit, which depends on the number of credits allocated to the unit and length of unit. You will encounter many different kinds of assessment methods, for example: written exams (e.g. unseen exams, in-class tests, and take-home tests), written assignments (e.g. essays, case studies, literature review), portfolios, reports (e.g. individual or group report, posters, fieldwork, work-based report), individual or group oral presentations and practical skills assessment (e.g. project management). All of which will enable you to gain valuable experience to use within the workplace.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The teaching strategy will help to develop your employability by involving you in the application of concepts in industry-related scenarios and practice-based experiences. In this way, you will develop and apply the skills necessary to work in the international tourism industry.

The distinctiveness of the course is reflected in the practice-based employability initiatives of the Business School, which you will be engaged in throughout your degree programme.

Each year of study you will have three practice weeks the course makes use of practice-based learning (e.g. case studies drawn from industry and real life briefs put together by tourism professionals). These include company visits, talks from people within the industry, workshops and personal advice on developing a good CV, an intensive assessment centre exercise and, at the end of your course, activities to prepare for entering the workplace. In particular, this course offers a sandwich year opportunity for you to draw upon real life industry practice. In your final year of study you will be able to expand upon your career aspirations by conducting an in depth research project in your area of interest, or from sandwich year experience, which will enhance your CV for future employers.

Field trips are a feature of the course and these are intended to build upon current links that the Department has with Luton Town Football Club, Twickenham, Luton Carnival Arts, Wimbledon, Manchester, Woburn and other tourism agencies. The Department has links with Luton Culture, Experience Bedfordshire and Putteridge Bury Conference Centre. It is intended that these become resources for regular visits and, it is hoped, provide work, practice and/or research opportunities for students. The course also offers a sound introduction to working in the tourism industry:

  • The first year is taught in the Business Pods, teaching areas specially designed to replicate the modern office environment
  • Practice weeks where you will engage with the wider community in tourism (professional bodies, societies and interest groups) and you will further your personal development skills

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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International Tourism Management - BA (Hons)

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