University of East London

BA (Hons) Tourism Management with Foundation Year

Tourism is a fast-growing industry, contributing over £2.7 billion to the UK economy in 2017. This course is designed to give you the best possible start to a career in the sector, taking full advantage of our prime location in one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations.

The course is designed with your career in mind; it is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and you’ll benefit from placements and guest lectures held with industry leaders across London.

The University of East London 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. 

The extended BA (Hons) Tourism with Foundation Year is perfect if you want a degree in Tourism Management but don't have the standard entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 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

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (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.

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.

Career Prospects

The tourism industry employs approximately 3 million people in the UK, with a huge variety of roles on offer - studying tourism management at UEL will prepare you for careers in airlines and cruise liners, hotels and hostels, tour operators, travel agents and more.

The service sector is also 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 tourism-related roles, 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 tourism management, as well as broader themes in business management that will root your understanding of tourism 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 tourism 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 tourism management, including destination marketing, strategic management and finance. 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, 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 an organisation in the tourism industry.

The third year is the overseas placement year for International Tourism 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 Tourism 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, sustainable tourism, sports and event tourism, and anthropology with further optional modules to choose from.
We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Foundation Year

Developing Academic Skills
Developing Academic Literacy
Introduction to the Experience and Visitor Economy
Communication Management in Hospitality, Events and Tourism
The Customer Experience
Employability in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)

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

CORE MODULES

Tourism, Globalisation and Business Strategy
Finance for Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Leadership in Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
Destination Marketing

OPTIONAL MODULES

Professional Development in Practice - Internship
Food and Beverage Management
Celebration, Ritual and Culture in the Events Industry
Hospitality Management and Service Delivery

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

Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management
Sport and Event Tourism
Culture, Heritage and the Tourist Landscape
Research Project
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Experience Economy (Tourism, Hospitality & Events Industries)
Exploring Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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