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BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

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The global hospitality industry encompasses a variety of service industries, including lodging, food and beverage, and conferences and exhibitions, and the activities undertaken by guests, travellers and other consumers – ensuring they all have a positive experience. Accredited by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, this course is widely recognised for educating work-ready professionals for a range of hospitality positions.

Our four-year course has been designed to equip you with a range of skills and knowledge and an understanding of hospitality businesses and organisations, their management and the dynamic external environment in which they operate, together with a range of professional and practical skills needed to get ahead in this versatile and exciting sector. It’s taught by hospitality specialists who are still actively involved in research that informs the future of the industry, as well as notable experts who will share their wisdom and expertise during our regular guest lectures.

From the start of the course you’ll have a say in shaping your curriculum, as you’ll be able to pick specialist modules to bring your education in line with your own passions, interests and, ultimately, career aspirations. This includes the opportunity to learn and become proficient in a new language, with a choice of French, Spanish or Mandarin.

You’ll gain vital experience using our laboratories and business simulations and in year three you’ll gain vital experience working for 30 weeks in a real-world environment, at home or abroad, ensuring you build a network of professional contacts, bolster your resume and enhance your employability.

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Further information about studying with us is available on the Department of Tourism and Hospitality webpages.

"The content of this course has been influenced by the unique and close working relationship forged between BU and the local leisure and hospitality industry, educating work-ready professionals for a range of hospitality positions and settings.” - Theo Iakimov, Operations Manager, Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement


Institute of Travel and Tourism

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 -112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

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

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. Previous guest lectures have included David Elton, Director of Limewood Group, Bernadette Gilligan, General Manager for Hilton Worldwide and Matthew Dixon, Senior Director Comercial for Corinthia Hotels International.

Year 1

Core units

  • The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: You will cover 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.
  • Marketing for Tourism & Hospitality: Develop your knowledge and understanding of marketing as an essential function for tourism and hospitality management, this unit will provide you with an understanding of the concepts, functions and processes of marketing as practiced in the service industries.
  • Financial Reporting for Hospitality: This unit introduces and develops core business skills in accountancy and business analysis, to prepare you for the demands of financial and management accounting functions in performance analysis and decision making.
  • Food Systems: The food systems debate goes beyond the production and delivery of sufficient food for all (quantity), to include the provision of safe and nutritious food for healthy and sustainable diets (quality). This unit will develop your understanding of the food systems debate in the context of eating out, and help you recognise the relationship between food and health, and food and the environment.
  • Hospitality Operations: This unit develops your academic and intellectual skills, your industry-specific technical skills, your transferable employability skills and your understanding of the specific principles of operations within differing hospitality environments, through lab-based learning alongside conventional teaching.

Option units (choose one)

  • Global Hospitality: This unit reviews the social, cultural and environmental influences which impact upon business operations and the people/ resources used within hospitality organisations. You will understand where these influences originate, the impacts they can have and the responses available to organisations of various sizes.
  • Languages (beginners - French, Spanish or Mandarin): Build the confidence needed for a range of occupational and social situations. You’ll learn how to interact with people in professional and social contexts, to read written materials and to express yourself in writing

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Year 2

Core units

  • Managing People in Tourism & Hospitality: Helps you to develop awareness and understanding of the complexities associated with managing people in tourism and hospitality contexts, by introducing you to the principles and practices of contemporary Human Resource Management.
  • Research Methods for Tourism & Hospitality: Provides training in quantitative and qualitative research methodology that will enable you to prepare and interpret data for business and research projects.
  • Consumer Experience & Behaviour: Provide an understanding of the individual and social processes underlying and influencing human behaviour. You will develop the ability to evaluate and apply theories, concepts and models to the experience industries of food and hospitality.
  • Hospitality Resources & Revenue Management: Develops your understanding of the interdependent issues within the operation of a hotel, with a particular focus on Revenue Management. You will learn to appreciate how the customer’s experience can be positively impacted by efficient operations and the effective use of available resources.
  • Hospitality Operations Management: Prepare you for supervisory and management roles within the Rooms and Food & Beverage Departments within a hospitality business, in part through designing and staging a live event.

Option units (choose one)

  • Languages (intermediate - French, Spanish or Mandarin): Combines the skills acquired in the first year so that your confidence is built to be able to use the language effectively in a range of occupational and social situations.
  • Talent Management: You’ll develop an understanding of where you sit in relation to the wider talent pool and how you can manage yourself and others to fit the demands of the present and future labour markets. The unit provides a forum in which you can analyse theories and concepts of professionalism, individual leadership and management, and tests your individual response to situations in which you might encounter or use such approaches.
  • Tourism Operations & Technology: Develop your awareness of the principles of intermediation and distribution in the tourism and hospitality industries, and explores the digital ecosystem (including travel review sites, bed banks, price comparisons, discounters and other internet intermediaries) as well as trends such as the growth of independent holidays, the emergence of the sharing economy in the accommodation sector and the impact of low-cost carriers on air transport.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Year 3

  • Placement: A (minimum) 30-week supervised work placement in the UK or overseas which gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice in a business environment. You’ll gain practical experience that could help you secure a management-level position immediately after graduating. There’s a variety of placement opportunities, ranging from high-street catering, hotels and licensed retail outlets to leisure centres, theme parks and large scale event management.

Year 4

Core units

Your final year pulls together what you learned from years 1 and 2 and your placement, and allows you to fully appreciate micro and macro management. There’s a focus on student-centred learning. There will be much less group work at this stage, with your individual performance becoming more important as you take on a greater level of responsibility.

  • Dissertation OR Consultancy Project
  • Dissertation: An opportunity to develop an independent academic research project of interest to you in the tourism or hospitality field, involving the collection, interpretation, critical analysis and presentation of data/ findings, and a test of your investigative and analytical problem-solving abilities.
  • Consultancy Project: Working to a brief set by one of our industry partners, both as an individual and in teams, you will develop awareness, understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices of business decision making and the ability to consult within the tourism and hospitality sector, as well as vital project management, analytical and interpersonal skills.

  • Strategy & Strategy & Leadership in Hospitality: You will develop your ability to review and analyse inter/ national hospitality businesses and organisations and the rationale and logic behind the strategic and tactical decisions that they take.
  • Issues & Innovations in Hospitality Draws on current innovations and ideas, and considers their application and implementation within a hospitality context. You will critically analyse contemporary issues and reflect on the impact that these have both on business and your own management career.

Option units (choose two)

  • Conference & Events Management: The conference and events sectors are a big part of the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries, and vital to many a country’s economy. This unit will develop your understanding of the economic and operational challenges facing these industries, and important issues in the day-to-day management of events and conferences.
  • Digital Marketing: This unit will equip you with technical skills and the conceptual understanding of how to engage effectively in digital marketing, which has evolved to the extent that it has become the dominant form of marketing in the majority of organisations.
  • Entrepreneurship & SME Management: You will learn how to recognise and analyse internal and external factors likely to affect the success of small hospitality and tourism businesses, and will develop the skills necessary to conceive, research and communicate a business proposal/ idea to secure the necessary external resources for a business start-up.
  • Financial Management: This builds on your earlier studies in finance and accounting. You’ll develop an appreciation for how organisations make financial decisions within the context of corporate strategy, and an understanding of the role(s) of financial management in organisations.
  • Food, Culture & Travel: You will explore the complex relationships between food, culture and travel within an international context, and from commercial and social perspectives, reflecting on aspects of critical food studies and debating a wide range of relevant topics.
  • Industry Research Project: Develops your skills in researching a business problem, identifying solutions and making proposals that most satisfy a corporate client’s needs and circumstances. You will learn about client relationships, project management, teamwork and effective communication.
  • International Human Resource Management in Hospitality & Tourism: This unit addresses current human resource management opportunities and challenges such as talent management, mobility and staff retention, which shape the international hospitality and tourism industries and organisations. It provides a forum in which you can critically analyse and reflect on relevant issues and their impact on business and your own management career.
  • Languages (advanced - French, Spanish or Mandarin): Develop and practise language skills for social and professional contact at home and overseas, building on your previous learning and engaging with a range of occupational situations and strategies for effective business communication.
  • Managing Crises & Disasters: This unit develops your understanding of concepts and theories of crisis and disaster management and their relevance for the travel and tourism, hospitality and events sectors. You will participate in several disaster simulation exercises, providing insights into the conduct of disaster management.
  • Tourism & Hospitality Design: This unit addresses the role and significance of design in and for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries. You will develop the skills necessary to appraise design in relevant real-world contexts, with an emphasis on creative thinking and practice.
  • Visitor Attractions Management: This unit will explore the factors and issues that influence the development and management of visitor attractions in the UK and other countries. It aims to develop your awareness, understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices relating to the development and management of visitor attractions.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is on guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 26% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning and teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 293 hours 
  • Independent learning: 907 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 33 hours

Year 2 – 22% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning and teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 258 hours 
  • Independent learning: 942 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 13 hours

Year 3 (placement year)

Year 4 – 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning and teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 194 hours 
  • Independent learning: 1,006 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 13 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 81% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specifications

Programme specifications provide definitive records of BU’s taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management (pdf 254kb).

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms working in roles such as Management Trainee, Trainee Assistant Manager, Events Coordinator and Front Office Intern. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. We have strong links to outside agencies and organisations to best support you along your professional development, and dedicated placement officers to support you.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Corinthia
  • Four Seasons Beijing
  • The Savoy
  • Limewood Hotels
  • Rick Stein
  • Firmdale Hotels
  • CH&Co
  • Grand Hotel Brighton
  • Harbour Heights Hotel
  • Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong
  • Marriott.

Molly Stephens

"Do it: it will be the most beneficial, exciting and valuable experience of your university degree. It has been the best opportunity and has given me experience I never thought I'd gain at uni.”

Molly Stephens, BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management, placement at CH&Co, 2016

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Communicate well
  • Demonstrate originality and creativity
  • Show enthusiasm, passion and commitment
  • Have the ability to think on their feet.

Students on this course will typically have a creative or business focused background and be interested in a leisure focused angle to their degree or future employment.

We look for creative and innovative thinkers, people who are happy to not only think of ideas but also put them into practise. We would encourage applicants who are interested to demonstrate new ideas, express themselves well in writing, show preparedness to work well in groups and to demonstrate a wide range of interests.

Successful applicants will be those that demonstrate an interest in hands-on organisation, people who can develop into the innovative, flexible, enthusiastic managers needed by an industry that exists to create something special for its customers. Good interpersonal skills are vital, and a wide range of interests is a real advantage.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications; there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104-112 tariff points including 2 A- levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry team to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 112 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires 112 tariff points
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 28 - 30 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

Scottish Advanced Higher: 104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry 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:

  • 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, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic 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.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the 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:


Our extensive links with the hospitality and tourism industries mean that our graduates are in demand, and you’ll have an excellent understanding of the international hospitality management and be well-placed to apply for graduate-level positions throughout the world.

90% of our students are in work or further study within six months of completing their course. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Marriott International, CH & Co, The Royal Household, Jumeriah Group and The Chewton Glen. Employers include premium independent hotels, recognised chains, restaurants and food services management companies. Previous graduates have also set up and now manage their own businesses in the UK, France, Malaysia and Scandinavia.

Among the roles they have gone into are:

  • General manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Pastry chef
  • Restaurant manager
  • Room manager
  • Conference and exhibition organiser

We are a member of a number of leading organisations in the hospitality industry, such as the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), the British Hospitality Association (BHA), the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) and The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME). These affiliations mean you will always be working to the current industry standard and will therefore be well prepared for the world of work once you graduate.

Danielle Quattromini, BU alumni

“I chose BU because it was number one for my course. I came to the university to improve my knowledge of the industry, but also to grow as a person and make new friends and contacts who would benefit my career.”

Daniele Quattromini, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management graduate, and general manager at CH&Co – read Daniele’s story

Industries worked in

  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Leisure.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Suzie Thompson, BU alumni

“I chose BU as it had a great reputation for hospitality and tourism. I completed my work placement in 2001 at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the US. It was a fantastic work and life experience which ultimately led to my graduate employment.”

Suzie Thompson, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management graduate and Red Carnations Hotels VP – read Suzie’s story

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the hospitality sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Richard Ward - Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Richard research evolves around young adults and alcohol and on food allergen management within the hospitality industry. Richard is an external consultant/qualification developer to City & Guilds of London for hospitality management, food & beverage supervision and food safety qualifications, he is also Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and Member of the British Institute of Innkeeping.

Philippa Hudson - Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Philippa is a food safety professional specialising in the implementation of food safety management systems in smaller businesses.With a background in practical food microbiology, Philippa delivers aspects of food safety and food hygiene to hospitality and nutrition undergraduates. Philippa’s research focuses on the everyday impact of food safety, from children’s lunchboxes to students’ fridges.

Steven Richards - Senior Lecturer in Tourism

Steve has over ten years consultancy experience which has encompassed development projects, policy reviews and evaluations, market appraisals, environmental impact assessments, and social and economic assessments.

Crispin Farbrother - Senior Lecturer - Hospitality Management

Before commencing his academic life Crispin worked in both the hotel and the licensed retail sectors before spending a number of years within the NHS as a Caterer and as a Hotel Services Manager.

Dr Philip Alford - Senior Lecturer

Philip is a small business marketing specialist. His particular interest lies in investigating and improving the ways in which technology can support more innovative and entrepreneurial marketing among small businesses.

Professor Heather Hartwell - Professor

Heather is a registered nutritionist and a member of the Nutrition Society. Her research is within the academic discipline of public health nutrition. Heather is currently leading a pan European project that aims to promote vegetable consumption among adolescence and elderly in Denmark, France, Italy and the UK.

Dr Hanaa Osman - Senior Lecturer

Hanaa's research interests are in the areas of culture and the experiences of ethnic migrant workers the UK hospitality industry.

Dr Anya Chapman - Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management

Prior to joining academia Anya worked as a manager for a number of tourism organisations in the UK, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the Trafford Centre, and Namco Operations. Her current research interests and publications include work on the regeneration of coastal resorts; tourism development in Malta; tourism employment; and traditional attractions at British seaside resorts.

Professor Adele Ladkin - Professor of Tourism Employment

Adele’s research interests are the labour, employment and human resource aspects of tourism and hospitality. She is also interested in the technological affordances for the tourism experience, in particular the practices of ICT use in leisure and business tourism and how future travel experiences are shaped by digital developments.

You can find out more about the staff in our Department of Tourism & Hospitality here.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Industry visits, events and conferences

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790

2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 entry requirements

minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.


2018 entry requirements have changed to: 104 -112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements

112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

10/08/2017 Changes to all core and option units for students starting in September 2018 onwards Course details Sept 2018 onwards Course details 2017

What our students say

Charlotte Cook

Bournemouth University has given me a high level of confidence that I would never have dreamed of before and has made me feel like I can do anything.

What employers think

Suzi Wotton

Take every networking opportunity available. Meet new people and this could result in you finding a good industry mentor to give you inspiration.

What our students say

Mhairi Strachan

Like a cup of tea, the hospitality management course warms you up to the industry, prepares you for placement and polishes you up for the future.

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