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BA (Hons) Tourism Management

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Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet; generating millions of new job opportunities, worldwide, every year.

Accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and recognised as an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, our four-year course was one of the first to be offered in the UK and has been refined over three decades to give you an excellent understanding of how private and public organisations work together within the tourism sector.

You’ll develop management and business skills that are essential to get ahead in this industry and in your final year, you’ll have a choice of modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.

You’ll have the chance to learn a new language; French, Spanish or Mandarin, and we regularly provide you with opportunities to apply what you have learnt to relevant real-world contexts, through industry speakers and events, consultancy projects and ‘live’ scenarios and residential fieldtrips to tourism hotspots, which in the past have included Jersey and Malta, as well as various attractions within the UK. Bournemouth is also a perfect location to study tourism management, a popular seaside resort with many tourism and hospitality businesses and opportunities to learn from the locality.

You can also expand your horizons and spend some time studying abroad with one of our 40 partner institutions in the USA, Australia, Europe and Asia. What’s more a 30-week supervised work placement in the UK or overseas will give you the opportunity to turn theory into practice in a business environment, ensuring you gain practical experience that could help you secure a management-level position immediately after graduating.

Read about our students who have presented their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research by reading our student blog.

“The courses offered by BU give a fantastic basis for a successful career in tourism management. The curriculum covers all aspects of tourism in a constantly changing landscape, giving a real insight into the industry. We really value our close ties with BU, working with the future leaders of our industry.” – Gavin Greene, Communications Manager at TripAdvisor

93% of our final year students said that staff are good at explaining things, join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

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

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

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


United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) - TedQual and an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence.  

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 120 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'll 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.

Year 1

Core units

  • The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: Covers 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: Develops your knowledge and understanding of marketing as an essential function for tourism and hospitality management, and provides you with an understanding of the concepts, functions and processes of marketing as practiced in the service industries.
  • Business & Economics for Tourism: Introduces the principles of business operations in the visitor economy, and equips you with the appropriate tools to make and explain business decisions.
  • Understanding the Tourist: Explores the nature of tourists, the roles they play, their needs and wants, and behaviour, drawing on ideas from the psychology, sociology and anthropology of tourism.

Option units (choose two)

  • Geography of Tourism Destinations: Considers the importance of place, space and the environment in tourism, tourism resources and mobilities, selected impacts of tourism, and the development of tourism in urban, rural and coastal environments.
  • 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.
  • Tourism, Wildlife & the Environment: You will study the interactions between nature, wildlife and tourists in natural and semi-natural sites/ settings, and examine a range of global threats to biodiversity as well as the issues relating to the conservation of individual species and their natural environments.

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.
  • Finance for Tourism: 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.
  • Tourism Operations & Technology: Develops 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.

Option units (choose two)

  • Destination Development & Management: An opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the issues involved in tourism destination development and management. You will be aware of the roles tourism can play in meeting development goals and approaches to planning for tourism, for different stakeholders and in a variety of destination settings.
  • 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.
  • Tourist Behaviour & Experience: Provides a critical understanding of the psychological, social and cultural processes underpinning and influencing consumer behaviour, especially in relation to the consumption of tourism.

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 turn 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

  • 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.
  • Tourism Strategy & Change: You will enhance your understanding of the principles and practice of strategy, and the capacity to recognise and respond to changes in the external environment. Building on previous study and work experience, we will equip you with concepts and tools for strategic analysis, and develop your capacity for critical thinking, creativity and foresight in understanding and developing recommendations for strategic situations.
  • Tourism Issues & Futures: We will examine a range of critical and contemporary issues that you may not have encountered previously, with the aim of broadening your horizons and understanding of tourism. You will be challenged to think critically about issues that you may have previously taken for granted, and be encouraged to reflect critically on your own experiences and practices as a tourist.

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.
  • International HRM 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.
  • Sport Tourism You’ll develop an understanding of the nature and diversity of and changing demands for sport tourism, and of supply structures and sport and tourism providers.
  • 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.
  • Transportation for Tourism: Focussing primarily on the rail, commercial aviation and cruise industries, you’ll develop an understanding of a range of contemporary transport-related issues that are analysed and set primarily within a public policy and economics context.
  • 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.
  • Wildlife & Ecotourism: You will evaluate a diverse range of management approaches and strategies adopted to conserve and protect the natural environment, and appraise the philosophy and practice of wildlife tourism, nature-based tourism and ecotourism, which have emerged and expanded in both developed and developing countries in recent decades.

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 – 25% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 259 hours 
  • Independent learning: 941 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 42 hours

Year 2 – 23% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 260 hours 
  • Independent learning: 940 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 44 hours

Year 3 (placement year)

Year 4 – 15% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 260 hours 
  • Independent learning: 940 hours
  • Non-assessedlearning and teaching: 53 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, 76% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

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) Tourism Management (pdf 229kb).

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, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course. 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. Our stududents did their placements in countries such as Spain, Greece, China, USA, Kenya and New Zealand.

You’ll spend your third year on a professional work placement with public or private sector tourism-related organisations. As well as valuable experience of tourism you’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of how individual organisations operate and their inter-relationship within the wider context of tourism. The knowledge and skills developed on placement and the opportunities for learning from and networking with professionals are known to enhance your performance, results and employment prospects.

The Faculty has dedicated placements advisers, whose job it is to assist students in getting the most out of their period in industry. It is a very important decision to select the placement that is relevant to your studies and your individual career aspirations.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students. They work in roles such as Management Intern, Operations/Reservations Coordinator, Trainee Manager, Digital Marketing Intern and Visa Specialist Intern.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • TUI Travel
  • Corinthia
  • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Hong Kong Tourist Board
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Savoy
  • Expedia
  • The Tower Hotel
  • National Express
  • Le Meridien She Shan Shanghai.

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

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

We are looking for passionate, eager students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For this course we are looking for 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.

Ideal applicants should also be able to demonstrate an interest in hands-on organisation, showing the skills to be innovative, flexible and enthusiastic managers. These skills are 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 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 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: 112 - 118 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 A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certifcate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 112 - 120 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): 30 - 31 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

Scottish Advanced Higher: 112 - 120 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:


The tourism industry is large and diverse, and there is a wealth of opportunities across a variety of sectors. 90% of our students are in work or further study within six months of completing their course, working towards a variety of positions in or related to sales and marketing, product planning, operations, ICT, distribution, human resources, event organisation and finance.

The roles they go into include.

  • General manager
  • Assistant manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Customer relations manager
  • Events coordinator
  • International travel consultant

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.

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and a Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, which means the curriculum, research and experience of the academic staff is relevant to professional practice in the destination management sector.

BU is also accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO).

BU Alumni Dermot Blastland

“Choosing to go to Bournemouth was without doubt one of the really great decisions I took in my career.”

Dermot Blastland, BU graduate and Non-Executive Director at Love Holidays – read Dermot’s story

Industries worked in

  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Events
  • Marketing.

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 of the above information is taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Maris Kuklis

“The breadth and depth of subjects studied gave me all the necessary foundation blocks to kick-start my career in international business, travel and tourism – from commercial awareness, to improving my organisational and interpersonal skills.”

Maris Kulkis, BA (Hons) Tourism Management graduate and Senior Accounts Manager at Hills Balfour – read Maris’ story

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the tourism 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.

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.

Dr Neelu Seetaram - Principal Academic

Neelu has undertaken significant research work in the field of tourism economics especially in the area of demand modelling and economic impact studies related to the tourism and travel industry. Her current research focuses on tourism taxation and the effect of tourism on development in less developed countries.

Professor Adam Blake - Professor of Economics & Econometrics

Adam is a specialist in computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling and has used this modelling technique to examine the economic interrelationships between tourism and other sectors of the economies of the UK, USA, Scotland, the Canary Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Mauritius and Brazil. His research has provided both theoretical advances and research based evidence for government organisations.

Dr Susanna Curtin - Senior Lecturer

Susanna's main areas of expertise lie in the field of consumer behaviour and the management of wildlife tourism. Susanna has written articles on the emotional and psychological benefits of taking a wildlife holiday, memorable wildlife encounters, how wildlife tourists attend to and perceive wildlife, and the importance of tour leaders in the responsible management of wildlife tourism.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis - Head of Department- Tourism & Hospitality

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is widely regarded as an expert in strategic management and marketing with specialisation in technology and tourism. He has worked around the world and has written over 18 books and 100 journal articles. Dimitrios is still an active tourism practitioner working closely with tourism organisations, governments and hospitality businesses for strategic marketing, technology and experience innovations.

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.

Derek Robbins - Senior Lecturer

Derek trained as a transport planner and has many years experience teaching and researching in the growing area of how transport services can best be managed and developed to meet the needs of tourism and has written widely on this topic.

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:

Compulsory fieldwork components

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 student 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.

Watch our student vlog to find out more about scholarships.

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
22/9/2017 Our recognition by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) has expired which we are currently revalidating Key facts Recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
06/09/2017 2018 GCSE entry requirements changed: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed grading) or equivalent qualifications. 2018 Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including a Science or Physical Education, English and Maths or equivalent qualifications.
10/08/2017 Changes to all core and option units for students starting in September 2018 onwards Course details 2018 onwards Course details 2017

What our students say

Emily Smith

I love the course diversity, covering a wide range of subject areas. The work placement was invaluable as I learnt so much working within the tourism industry.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anya Chapman

This course has been developed to equip our students with a broad range of skills and knowledge, enabling them to become the very best tourism managers.

What our students say

Tafadzwa Msipa

BU is a fantastic place to study with specialist lecturers who have experienced the tourism industry first hand, and written academic books and journals.

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