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BA (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management (with Foundation Year option)

Underpinned by our long-standing and internationally recognised research in tourism and hospitality, this multi-accredited course is suitable for those with career aspirations related to global hospitality and the wider travel and tourism industry.

  • UCAS Code:
    N840
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

With foundation year: N841

Why study BA (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management at BU?

  • We are one of the top universities in the world for the study of tourism and hospitality. 89% of our graduates are either working or studying fifteen months after graduating  
  • Widely recognised for educating work-ready professionals for a range of positions in the global hospitality industry 
  • Taught by hospitality specialists who are actively involved in research that informs the future of the industry, as well as notable experts during our regular guest lectures 
  • Build your network of professional contacts, enhance your CV and employability during the 30-week work placement that can be taken anywhere in the world 
  • You can study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world 
  • Being a popular seaside resort with many tourism and hospitality businesses and opportunities, Bournemouth is a perfect location to study this subject.

Find out more about the content of this course

Foundation year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the business and management skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree.

Course accreditations

The accreditation bodies on our BA (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School Experience.

  • Recognition as an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence signifies BU as an industry-leading university
  • Accreditation by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) ensures this course meets standards aligned to the needs of the tourism sector, enhancing future employment prospects when you graduate
  • Being recognised as a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO.TedQual) course provides opportunities for you to participate in tourism policy events of the highest level, as well as obtaining placements in the most prestigious tourism organisations globally
  • Successful completion of the accredited unit will allow you to acquire the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, from the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM)
  • Accreditation by the leading hospitality professional body, the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), offers numerous benefits to you such as free membership and access to the mentoring scheme.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time including a minimum 30-week work placement. Foundation year: 5 years full-time including a minimum 30-week work placement.

Accreditations:

Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT), Tourism Management Institute (TMI), United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO.TedQual), Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM), Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

Underpinned by our long-standing and internationally recognised research in tourism and hospitality, this degree is suitable for those with career aspirations related to global hospitality and the wider travel and tourism industry.

It will provide you with an understanding of the origins, development and organisation of the tourism and hospitality industries, and the opportunities and challenges facing organisations operating in and across the various sectors.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 224kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 286kb)

Rankings

10th
Our ranking in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism in the Guardian League Table 2021
2nd
BU is second in the UK for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2021
10th
We are 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management – QS University Rankings 2020

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course will suit applicants who have:

  • Both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Potential for a career that puts the consumer centre stage
  • The ability to think logically and organise your work
  • A real interest in people and places.

How to apply

Entry requirements

This course requires 104–120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*CC, ABC, BBB or BCC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

If you do not meet these you may want to consider our Foundation Year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
A-level and AS levels 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma 102–118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Introductory Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) An overall score of 28–31 points.
Scottish Highers 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers 104–120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

Foundation Year entry requirements

Numeracy and literacy requirements There are no GCSE requirements. The Foundation Year will cover these skills in preparation for degree study.
For September 2022 entry 48–72 UCAS tariff points.

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 61-71%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 60-70%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 60-70%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 6 or 7. Grade depends on the course

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Careers

The tourism and hospitality industries are constantly evolving, as travellers look for ever more ways to enjoy their time away from normal life. There are a wealth of opportunities in this exciting sector and this degree will prepare you for a range of roles.

89% of our graduates are either working or studying fifteen months after graduating. 

Among the organisations that our graduates have worked for are Astral Holidays, Costa Cruises, Explore Worldwide, Flight Centre, Hills Balfour, Quay Holidays, Senate Grand Prix, STA Travel, Thomson, TUI Group and Zenith Holidays.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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