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FdA Tourism Park Management

Tourism and park management is a growing industry which is becoming more prominent in the public eye. This part-time course is therefore aimed at people who are employed or interested in a career within holiday parks.

This compelling course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge appropriate to the caravan park industry and aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge appropriate to managing a caravan park. It also aims to provide you with the skills necessary to enhance career prospects or to pursue further study. What’s more it has been designed in parallel to the level 4 diploma in Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism. This diploma will allow you to gain an additional qualification, leave at the end of level 4 with an intermediate award or join the foundation degree at level 5 with recognition of prior learning.

Tourism Park Management is taught at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, a BU Partner College. All aspects of your course from teaching, accommodation and student life will be based here. On graduation from this course you’ll receive a degree from Bournemouth University. Please remember to book onto an open day at Kingston Maurward to gain a full understanding of the course and location.

If you would like a prospectus or to find out more about this course, call Lillian Mone 01305 215177 or if you wish to visit the college please contact Programme Leader Tom Goss.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2018


Kingston Maurward College


3 years

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have a minimum of two years related experience with evidence of prior academic learning and commitment of both student and employer. You'll need a minimum of 4 GCSE's (grades A* - C) including Maths and English or appropriate key skills Level 2. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information see our International entry requirements.

Course details

Stage 1

  • Business strategy for the tourism park industry: This unit will develop your understanding of the importance of developing a realistic and coherent business strategy for tourism parks, whilst enhancing your understanding of key factors in the business environment and the impact and implications of those factors on business activities.

  • Marketing for tourism parks: Discover the basic marketing principles and their application in relation to the service sector and how these can be applied within tourism parks. This unit will provide you with an understanding of the importance of marketing communications and the channels of distribution.

  • Managing the tourism park consumer: You'll develop a range of skills in identifying the key variables in managing the consumer and the consumer experience in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries, recognizing the differences between customer relationship management (CRM) and the more traditional marketing approaches.

  • Managing finance & business performance within tourism parks: Develop your understanding of the management of business performance from a financial and an operational position, including the tools and techniques involved in the effective financial planning and control of a business.

  • Leadership & management for tourism parks: Enhance your knowledge of the role of the effective leader and manager in maintaining and improving business performance. An understanding of the context of the legislation, its interpretation and impact on your own business and businesses within the European Union will develop with new skills.

  • Managing the changing legislation for tourism parks: This core unit will develop your understanding of the way in which the hospitality, leisure or tourism business needs to maintain awareness of legal developments and implement change on a regular basis.

  • Managing tourism parks through technology: This unit will focus on the key elements of technological change and ensure that you maintain the skills required to effectively use technology in delivering products to your customers.

  • Business & professional development within the tourism park industry: You'll be introduced to ethical constructs as they affect the behaviour of individuals and organisations and review how these behaviours impact on all stakeholders within the business environment.

Stage 2

  • Managing biodiversity in tourism parks: Gain a broad awareness and understanding of ecological principles, environmental issues and biological diversity. Key concepts of conservation, habitat restoration and legislation will be introduced which will be particularly relevant to the tourism park industry.

  • Research skills: This unit covers essential academic research techniques whilst allowing you to begin to develop your research ideas using appropriate techniques in preparation for undertaking the specialist research project unit.

  • Work-based learning (WBL): This unit complements the academic experience by providing opportunities for you to develop the knowledge, skills and work ethic necessary to succeed in industry.

  • Management of health & safety in tourism parks: Develop the knowledge and understanding of health and safety law, implementation and management appropriate for those in supervisory and management positions of tourism parks.

  • Specialist research project: You'll get to choose a topic relevant to your academic and professional development and undertake a sustained investigation in that field.

  • Practical business development for tourism parks: You'll produce a business development plan including the business development concept, an action plan for implementation and a suitable evaluation & review process.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. Students studying FdA Tourism Park Management have relatively low scheduled learning and teaching activity due to the focusing on developing industry-based skills within the workplace. However, all students receive considerable online support which is available on a continual basis.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University'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 FdA Tourism Park Management

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, BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Selection criteria

Selection methods

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course. In determining your potential, we look at 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

Applicants will be required to attend an interview

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.

Transferring credits from existing qualifications

If you want us to take existing qualifications or relevant work experience into account to be granted an exemption from studying individual units or levels, then you should contact the askBU Enquiry Service.

Transferring students from other University courses

If you wish to transfer from another university course that you are currently studying please contact the askBU Enquiry Service in the first instance to discuss your suitability for your chosen BU course.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature applicants. That’s why we can take your work experience and existing qualifications into account when assessing your application. We really value the ways in which mature students can contribute to our academic community and we offer plenty of support to help you get back into the studying routine if you have been away for a while. Please contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

Full entry requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of two years related experience with evidence of prior academic learning and commitment of both student and employer.

GCSEs: Minimum of 4 GCSEs (grades A* - C) including Maths and English or appropriate key skills level 2.

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, key skills and functional skills level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still consider your application - please contact the askBU Enquiry Service 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 askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access course: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants.

Advanced/progression diplomas: The advanced diploma is broadly equivalent to three and a half A-levels and the progression diploma to two and a half A-levels. The diplomas are available in just a few subject areas and only some of these are suitable to gain entry onto this course.

This course accepts the following progression diplomas in conjunction with other qualifications:

  • Environmental & land based studies
  • Hospitality.

This course accepts the following advanced diplomas:

  • Environmental & land based studies
  • Hospitality.

BTEC qualifications: Applications from students completing relevant BTEC nationals are welcomed.

OCR national: We welcome applicants studying OCR national qualifications.

OCR Cambridge technical: We welcome applicants studying OCR Cambridge technical qualifications.

Extended project: The extended project is welcomed alongside A-levels or equivalent to meet the overall course tariff.

Cambridge pre-u diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge pre-u diploma or a combination of pre-u subjects and A-levels.

European baccalaureate: We welcome applicants studying the European baccalaureate.

International baccalaureate (diploma): The international diploma is welcomed as part of the international baccalaureate. Please note we do not accept the equivalent UCAS tariff points for the IB. This course requires 24 points from the IB, including 5 points from each of the 3 higher level subjects.

Key skills: We welcome your application if you are studying at key skills level 3.

Scottish qualifications: Scottish advanced highers, Scottish highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh baccalaureate advanced diploma: The Welsh baccalaureate advanced diploma is welcomed alongside A-levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

Other qualifications: Child health level 3 considered alongside A-levels.

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.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.


Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

For more information please view our top-up degrees webpage.

How to apply

This course is delivered at our Partner Institution, Kingston Maurward College so you will need to apply direct to them via their website.

Additional information

Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward is situated in rural Dorset just outside Dorchester. It specialises in education and training for land-based industries such as agriculture, horticulture, animal conservation and equine training.
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