University of East London

BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

Working in the hospitality industry is all about giving people a truly memorable experience. Running a great restaurant, maintaining a beautiful hotel or putting on the best club nights makes for a rewarding and challenging career.

Our BA Hospitality Management degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in a growth industry that employs approximately 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

UEL is conveniently located a short walk away from London City Airport and some of the capital’s most famous venues – including the Excel Centre and O2 Arena – and learning in London gives you access to some of the best hotels, restaurants and attractions in the world. Take a look at our own guide to East London to see what's nearby!

The course is designed to give you a great head-start in your career; it is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and you’ll enjoy placements and guest lectures held with industry leaders across the capital.

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy.

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Career Prospects

The hospitality industry is global, enormous and growing. A huge variety of different organisations require hospitality management, from small bars and restaurants to global hotel chains and airlines. That's what makes working in the industry so special; you'll have the opportunity to work across multiple sectors and give life-changing experiences to thousands of people.

The service sector is the largest sector in the world's economy and short of good quality managers – exactly the skills gap that this course is designed to fill. The course will give you the skills and experience you need to work in a wide range of exciting businesses, while giving you the industry contacts and guidance that will help you make the first step into a rewarding career. 

Whichever path you take, this accredited course will thoroughly prepare you for a challenging role in a competitive industry. We place emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, allowing you to develop a wide range of employability skills through experience and training. We also have a superb employability team that works with students to find placements, projects, graduate schemes and full-time employment, combining careers advice with practical training in interview technique and CV writing.

Course Details

The course covers a wide range of topics that are essential for a career in hospitality management, as well as broader themes in business management that will root your understanding of hospitality in the wider business environment, helping you to remain flexible in the job market and contribute more to your employer.

Course structure

The first year is focused on building your key skills in hospitality management while cementing the basics of good business, such as people management and marketing. 

In the second year, you will study core modules that cover different practical aspects of hospitality management, including service delivery, finance, leadership, and food and beverage management. You will also have the chance to choose from a number of optional modules that allow you to focus on themes such as e-business, destination marketing, social media or events. You will also have the option of undertaking a work-based project that takes the form of a real internship at one of our industry links.

The third year is the overseas placement year for International Hospitality students or the final year for those taking the core BA programme. In this year you will focus on an individual Research Project, Consultancy Project or Enterprise Project (for Hospitality Entrepreneur students), giving you the chance to apply your skills to a practical project of your choice. You will also study core modules covering innovation and enterprise, conferences and events, and food culture with further optional modules to choose from.

Year 1

Personal Skills for Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
The Business Environment for Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
Understanding Hospitality, Event and Tourism Experiences
Service and Experience Marketing
Tourism and Hospitality: Concepts and Approaches

Year 2


Food and Beverage Management
Finance for Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Leadership in Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
Hospitality Management and Service Delivery


Professional Development in Practice - Internship
Principles of Event Theming and Design
Celebration, Ritual and Culture in the Events Industry
Destination Marketing

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE)
Food, Society and Culture
Financial and Revenue Management
Research Project
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Experience Economy (Tourism, Hospitality & Events Industries)
Exploring Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)

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