BA (Hons)

Hospitality Management with Tourism

Widen your job opportunities to the tourism sector

NN28UCAS code 4yrsfull time 1yrplacement

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course is a variant of our BA (Hons) Hospitality Management degree with a specialist tourism strand. Encompassing everything from hotels and restaurants to cruise liners and theme parks, integrating these disciplines will ensure you have a truly global understanding of the hospitality industry. If you have your mind set on travelling, your employment opportunities are endless.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Do a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • Delve into 'live' case studies based in hospitality and tourism organisations
  • Opt to study a foreign language, options include French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin

What opportunities might it lead to?

These days, financial rewards in the hospitality industry are attractive and positions are plentiful in this ever expanding global market – great for those with an interest in travel. So whether you see yourself working at the Ritz or even opening your own restaurant, bar or hotel, we’ll equip you with the know-how and skills to get you there.

The University has been awarded Recognised University Status from the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • event management
  • leisure
  • operations management
  • marketing
  • setting up their own business
Siwawong Polcharoen, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism student 2013

The course has given us the opportunity to manage events and restaurant theme nights, which involved everything from designing the menus and cooking to getting customers in, which was really enjoyable.

Siwawong Polcharoen, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
4 years sandwich with work placement
220 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,700 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Year one

Your first year gives you a broad understanding of essential business disciplines as well as introducing you to the key functions within the hospitality industry. Students studying the first year of this course will be provided with a kitchen uniform.

Core units in this year include:

  • Hospitality Operations
  • Legal and Environmental Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Professional Skills Development for Hospitality Managers
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting
  • Understanding Markets and the Economy

Year two

There is a focus on operational management issues in this year and you also get the chance to tailor your degree through our range of options.

Core units in this year include:

  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management for Hospitality
  • Management Accounting and Business Decision Making for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Managing the Tourism Product
  • Hospitality Operations Management

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Events Management
  • Advanced Food and Beverage Studies
  • Services Marketing
  • Revenue Management
  • Licensed Trade Management
  • A foreign language

Final year**

Specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines and the aspects of hospitality that particularly interest you. Your final year thoroughly prepares you for finding a post in the industry.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Experiential Learning and Career Development
  • The Tourism Experience

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Gastronomy
  • Cross Cultural Awareness in Business
  • International Marketing Analysis
  • Managing and Developing People in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries
  • Sales Management

**Your final year of study will take place after a one year compulsory industry placement

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

How are you assessed?

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • case studies
  • practical assignments
  • your choice of independent research
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Business and Management

This four year programme provides you with the opportunity to develop business management expertise alongside professional operations management skills.

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The Highbury College

The more practical part of the programme is taught at Highbury City Centre College, one of the UK’s leading educators for the hospitality industry. Their specialist training facilities include professional kitchens and a high quality restaurant. They are located within the University campus, so no additional travelling is involved.

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Hospitality is a booming industry with 10% of the population working in a hospitality-related employment. The chance to develop a career with a global company is a great way to broaden your horizons. Once you take that first step onto the ladder, promotion in the hospitality world can be extremely rapid.

You can expect to find career opportunities in areas such as hotels, restaurants, event and facilities management, clubs, resorts, spas and healthcare operations. Or, you may even want to start your own business.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • events manager
  • operations manager
  • personnel training manager
  • conference and banqueting manager

Work experience

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Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full- time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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