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International Tourism Management BA (Hons) / FdA

University College Birmingham
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Birmingham
English

About this program

International Tourism Management

Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Overview

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world. Mass flows of tourists and rapid expansion means the industry is facing many challenges, notably in how global tourism activity can sustain such growth in the long term whilst providing benefits to local communities and minimising environmental damage. 

This course focuses on the wider management issues impacting on tourism and the challenges caused by the growth in tourism will be addressed throughout your studies. 

There is an increase in demand for skilled professionals to work in both destination management organisations and tourism businesses which promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices, and this course offers graduates a route into these careers as well as within the wider tourism industry.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will examine the intercultural and social dimensions of international tourism such as changing global tourism patterns, key drivers of activity and the changing nature of tourists.
  • You will learn higher management concepts and techniques and apply them to destinations and tourism organisations within the context of uncertainty and dynamism.
  • You will have the opportunity to specialise further in a chosen area through the portfolio of option modules.
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of the international tourism industry that interests you.
  • There is an optional placement year during this course, which will provide you with valuable work experience and the opportunity to build industry contacts.
  • Give yourself the employment edge and learn a language as an optional module.

Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs. 

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Duration for this course is 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements for BA/BSc programmes

International entry requirements

Entry requirements for undergraduate degree courses offered by University College Birmingham are detailed for individual countries on the University website.

English language requirement for international applicants

To apply for any undergraduate degree, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

In addition to IELTS, for international applicants, University College Birmingham accepts a number of country-specific English language qualifications as evidence of English language ability. These are shown under the ‘Country Specific Information’ tab of the University website.

We also offer UCB English Proficiency Test that is complimentary to all our conditional offer holders. You will need to achieve an overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component.

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For BA/BSc offers, a student must achieve a minimum of 96-104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with the exception of:

  • Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons), Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) and Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons) - students must achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) – students must achieve a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points

Applying with a work-based background

To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.

These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

Entry requirements for FdA/FdSc programmes (Not available for international applicants)

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For foundation degree offers, students must achieve a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A-level or equivalent.

Please note, some courses have additional specific entry requirements, for example, Professional Cookery, Specialist Hair and Media Make-up and Aesthetic Practitioner. Please refer to the relevant course page on the University website.

These minimum academic entry requirements are only a guide and each application is treated on an individual basis.

Applying with a work-based background

For foundation degree offers, we also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to the University. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.
These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

How to apply?

UCB direct applications

UCB Direct allows prospective students who are only interested in studying at University College Birmingham to apply direct (free of charge) without having to complete lengthy and sometimes complex application forms.

UCAS applications

UK applicants wishing to apply for more than one course must apply through the UCAS website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Cross-cultural Tourism
  • Developing People in Tourism
  • Tourism and Media
  • Tourism and Society
  • Travel Geography
  • Tourism Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Destination Planning and Development
  • Leading People in Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • The Tourist Experience
  • Tourism Investigations

Plus one option from:

  • Events Planning
  • Responsible Nature-based Tourism
  • Social Media in Aviation and Tourism
  • Tourism Operations Management
  • Dark Tourism
  • Airport Planning
  • Tourism Marketing Management
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Voluntary Initiative
  • Modern Languages (Upper Intermediate)
  • Creative Communications
  • Enterprise Start-up Studies
  • Cruise Operations

Optional Work Placement

  • Work Placement

Year 3 or year 4 if the placement was taken

  • International Tourism Policy
  • Managing Tourism Activity
  • Tourism Crisis Management

Plus one option from:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Organisational Learning in Tourism
  • Dark and Thanatourism Management
  • Adventure Tourism Issues and Futures
  • Festivals and Events Tourism

Research option

In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Please note

The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Qualification

BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management

Continuing studies

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the international tourism industry. Graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel, tourism marketing executives and tourism sustainability managers. Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career path in:

  • Destination management organisations (DMOs)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Responsible travel (in commercial organisations)
  • Cultural tourism
  • Sustainable, cultural and eco-tourism organisations

UCB hosts tourism and travel events as part of student enrichment and to promote industry awareness. The University is proud to be an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence and staged theITT Future You On The Road conferencein February 2016.

hired@UCB

hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

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Lucy
Before I started my studies at University College Birmingham, I was unsure what I wanted to achieve from my degree. As the years went on, my education and experiences developed and I started to appreciate how many pathways my degree could open, whether it would be directly into industry or into more education. Towards the end of my second yea...
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Zahara
I came to UCB via a progression agreement UCB had with the University of Malaga. I studied for 18 months in Spain and then transferred to UCB for a further 18 months to complete my degree. I now work for the Wyndham Hotel Group as a marketing and campaign manager, based in London. The Wyndham Group is an American company and own 7,000 hotels...
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Omari
I did a lot of research into different universities before selecting the one I wanted to go to. I chose UCB because the tourism courses were very specific and focused on certain areas, which is exactly what I wanted from my course. I’ve enjoyed everything about my course so far – it’s well-structured and all the modules have been very intere...
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B3 1JB Birmingham
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