BA (Hons)

Hospitality Management

Preparation for the international hospitality industry

N220UCAS code 4yrsfull time 1yrplacement

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Why take this course?

Hospitality is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and worldwide, despite the ongoing economic challenges.

With a multitude of prospects in its varying fields, our course is packed with practical experiences, training in specialist environments and customer-facing scenarios so you gain a real taste of what it’s like to work within all areas of hospitality.

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 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
Laurence West, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management student 2013

You get a great opportunity to do a compulsory year in an hospitality establishment, which is a great way for getting an idea of how the industry works and you can make some really useful contacts.

Laurence West, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
4 years sandwich with work placement
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88 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

88 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300 year one, £12,600** years 2 and 4

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

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  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • 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:

  • Introduction to Hospitality Operations
  • Legal and Environmental Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting for Hospitality and Tourism Industries
  • Marketing Principles and Practices

Year two

There is a focus on operational management issues in this year as well as the chance to tailor your degree through our range of options.

Core units in this year include:

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

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Advanced Food and Beverage Studies
  • Managing Marketing in Service Organisations
  • Managing the Tourism Product
  • A foreign language

Final year**

Specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines and the aspects of hospitality that particularly interest you.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Experiential Learning and Career Development

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Business Enterprise
  • The Tourism Experience
  • Gastronomy
  • Cross Cultural Awareness in Business
  • Management and Development of People in the Hospitality Industry
  • Project and Event 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
Jennifer Johnston

Tutor's view

Jennifer Johnston
Course leader, Hospitality degree programmes

This four year programme provides you with the opportunity to develop business management expertise alongside professional operations management skills. If you who wish to specialise in tourism, you may focus on specific units to achieve our 'with tourism' award.

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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.

Hannah Davenport, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management student 2012

The work feels practical and relevant to real life in the industry. The lecturers have lots of excellent contacts and organise a lot of great trips.

Hannah Davenport, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management student

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 job opportunities are numerous and 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 very 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
  • personnel training manager
  • conference and banqueting manager

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
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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