Tourism Planning and Management BA Honours
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|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
Tourism continues to be a major component of the global economy and has now become an established academic discipline, with roots in geography, economics, sociology, planning and business. The University of Westminster has over 20 years of expertise in tourism education and research, and we are ranked as the top London university offering tourism degrees (2016 Guardian rankings). Our long history dating back to the 1830s includes a signiﬁcant association with the early years of tour operating in Europe, and with the Olympic Games held in London in 1908 and 1948.
Located in the heart of London, the University of Westminster offers an unrivalled and stimulating environment in which to study tourism. We have close links with partner universities in Australia, the USA and Malta, allowing several students each year the opportunity to study abroad for one semester.
The Tourism, Planning and Management BA Honours course focuses on destinations – the planning, development, management, and regeneration of destinations. This course has received full accreditation from the Tourism Management Institute (the UK’s professional organisation for destination management) for the excellence of its content. The course takes an international perspective and includes a field trip in each year of study. The course is modular, comprising core and option modules, allowing students to specialise and create their own course pathways.
The University has close links with partner universities in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and Malta, allowing students the opportunity to study for one semester abroad.
The course provides a thorough grounding in the subject and the planning/policy principles which underpin tourism, but also has a strong emphasis on skills development for the workplace, including presentation skills, research, data analysis and negotiation. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and field study, Each student is allocated a personal tutor for academic guidance and pastoral care and the department regularly scores highly in student satisfaction surveys.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities
- Contemporary Issues in Tourism
- History of Design and Urban Form
- Hospitality in Tourism and Events
- Principles of Event Management
- Strategic Planning for Tourism
- Study Skills and Employability
- Tourism Development
- Understanding Events
- Understanding Tourism
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Development Process and Property Markets
- Event Operations
- Heritage Tourism
- Marketing Tourism and Events
- Sports Tourism
- The Airline Industry
- The Research Process
- Tourism Experience
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Awards, Rewards and Recognition Events
- Cities of Consumption
- Critical Themes in Event Management
- Employability for Tourism and Events
- Event Technology
- Managing Airports
- Mega-Events and Urban Regeneration
- Responsible Tourism in the Developing World
- Sustainability and Environment
- The Politics of Tourism
- Tourism and the Mediterranean: Comparative Study
Please note, not all subjects of study will necessarily be offered in any one year.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
The teaching team includes:
- Dr Nancy Stevenson, Course Leader
- Dr Anne Graham, Reader
- Dr Andrew Smith, Reader
- Simon Curtis, Senior Lecturer
View profiles of all of our Tourism and Events staff.
Additional costs information
Download course fee information to check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.
This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, which means students can be conﬁdent that the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelor's degree entry requirements. For more information visit the Kaplan International College's website.
The course aims to create graduates who are critical and creative thinkers, literate and effective communicators, entrepreneurial, global in outlook and engaged in communities, and socially, ethically and environmentally aware.
Alumni from our course work in a range of occupations including hotel management, conferencing and events management, tourism and planning consultancy, the airline industry, marketing, HR, tour operations, website design and management, government/public sector and town planning/development industry.
The course accreditation from the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) will help to improve your employability. At the end of the course there are also opportunities to develop your expertise in tourism planning, business and events further by studying towards a Master's degree or undertaking PhD research.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Nationally recognised teaching excellence
The Guardian University Guide 2016 League Tables for undergraduate Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism ranked us as the top university in London and in the top third of universities teaching this subject area.
Our teaching team includes academics drawn from backgrounds in event planning, destination management and tourism policy. They are supported by visiting lecturers drawn from industry.
Professionally recognised course
This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) meaning you can be confident it will give you knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare you for a career in tourism destination management.
A flexible and professional course
The course provides a balance of the in-depth theoretical background to the subject and the planning/policy principles, with also a strong emphasis on the skills required for the workplace. These include presentation skills, research, data analysis and negotiation.
You can tailor the course to your interests through the wide range of option modules offered. You can opt to learn a language, which will benefit you in the global tourism marketplace.
Central London location and contacts
We are at the heart of our industry in an unrivalled position to study tourism; based in central London, host city for the London 2012 games, and surrounded by tourist attractions, hotels, events venues and transport hubs.
The course takes an international perspective, preparing you for the global tourism industry. The course includes a field trip in each year of study.
Join a diverse and vibrant student community at Westminster, with one of the UK’s largest international student populations. This allows discussion and learning about different cultures and tourist destinations.
The University has close links with sister Universities in Australia and the USA, allowing several students each year to study one semester abroad.
The University’s history dates back to the 1830s and includes a significant association with the early years of tour operating in Europe, and with the Olympic Games held in London in 1908 and 1948.
The Centre for Tourism Research team present papers at conferences, are consulted as experts on TV and radio, publish books and advise government and industry. This research informs our teaching which focuses on the latest trends and ideas.
We pride ourselves on our small class sizes and receive consistently high student satisfaction scores.
We offer a range of scholarships. See westminster.ac.uk/scholarships.
A £20 million development of student facilities at Marylebone Campus has been completed.
Our library provides electronic access to tourism-related journals, business databases and electronic books, as well as hard copies
Why not consider going on exchange as part of this degree? You could spend the first semester of your second year at one of our partner institutions and gain international experience and global skills to further enhance your employability. As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Subject of study: Tourism and Planning BA Honours, graduated 2014
Current job role: Account Manager for an online travel agency
What are you doing now?
I am currently working as an Account Manager with an online travel agency in Germany in the Partner Services department, which means I work with partners (hotels). While traditionally a sales role it is actually more of a consulting role, helping partners improve their overall performance on our platform. Before that (as my first job after graduation) I worked for another online travel agency as an Account Coordinator in London.
What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster?
I really loved the subjects taught and the expertise of the faculty staff. Not only did we learn the ins and outs of modern tourism (and its historical background), the lectures were also versatile and the staff were not only lecturers, but people with a real tourism background who knew what they were talking about.
Generally the courses helped me to learn how to really gather my thoughts and express myself in writing. Group tasks set me up for team work in my job and as frequent presentations are still a part of my job now, the university prepared me well for this.
What advice would you give to someone thinking for pursuing a similar career?
In my current role you need to be open and friendly as you are in touch with a lot of different people all the time (be it on the phone or when you're out on market visits). You have to love travelling and shouldn't mind being away from home for frequent overnight business trips – I am travelling almost every week! You have to be really well-organised and good at time-management, as you work very independently. It's great fun if you have those skills, modern online travel agents are vibrant, fast-paced and international companies, related to both tourism and technology, and you can absolutely learn a lot!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your achievements and your course?
I wasn’t a high achiever at school but I loved the university so much and really set my mind to it. I ended up receiving academic achievement awards for year one and year two and graduated with first class honours. I also got free membership of the Tourism Society and was asked to write a student's view article which was published Tourism Society newsletter (pdf).
Anything is possible, just really immerse yourself in the university experience, and if you need help: ask for it! The staff's doors are always open!
Subject of study: Tourism and Planning BA Honours, graduated 2014
Current job role: Hungarian Tourism Office, responsible for travel trade relations
Why did you choose the University of Westminster for your studies?
I applied to the University of Westminster because of its reputation, good central location, research facilities as well as the quality of the academics and the Planning module itself.
What did you like about the course and Westminster?
During my first year, I found it odd working on so many group projects and presentations. Afterwards, I understood that this will prepare me for the ‘real world’ work experience. The modules were carefully structured helping me to get the best possible knowledge about the travel industry. I appreciate and thank all my lecturers who have been a constant support and helped me to complete my studies successfully.
How do you think the course at Westminster will help you in your career?
The reputation of the institute along with the worldwide recognition of my UK degree has already boosted my confidence to aim higher.
What does your current role involve?
My position involves information sharing through monthly e-newsletters to the B2B leisure and MICE trade. I organise familiarisation trips for the UK partners, according to our marketing plan. I assist in the preparation of trade shows and workshops; by proactively networking and looking for possibilities to help the Hungarian suppliers to market to the UK and vice versa. I also find it very important to educate the different tour operators and travel agents about the product development in Hungary, therefore I do interactive in-house trainings for Flight Centre and Thomas Cook.
What advice would you give students thinking about studying Tourism at University?
Don't hesitate, come to study at the University of Westminster! I would advise everyone to get to know all the facilities and the great support systems available from the very first day. To anyone who says studying Tourism is pointless, I say; ‘This is the future’.
Subject of study: Tourism and Planning BA Honours, graduated 2014
I grew up in Italy and got my Italian High School Diploma but my dream had always been to study in the UK. There are various reasons why I chose both the University of Westminster and the course. Firstly, London is the absolute hub for international tourism. Secondly, the course offered me a wide range of modules which covered the whole tourism industry: from heritage and culture to event planning, from airport management to sporting events tourism, and also offered me the choice of studying a new foreign language (I studied Spanish for all three years).
One of the greatest advantages of studying at Westminster has been the opportunity to meet and mix with people from all over the world and establish a real international network of friends. I truly believe that the University of Westminster is a great place to study this subject because it gives you a real international feel.
On the course, I was able to concentrate on the sector which I was most interested in: heritage and culture. Thanks to my Italian background I had always loved studying history of art and enjoyed cultural visits. During the field trips, which were an integral part of the course, I was able to put in practice what we learned in class through hands-on experiences in real tourist destinations.
Straight after my degree I was accepted on an internship program in the heritage sector in London and I hope this will be the first step to a career that I've always dreamed of!
Subject of study: Tourism and Planning BA Honours, graduated 2013
“I chose University of Westminster because of its diversity. Having attended a few open days at various universities across London, Westminster felt right straight away. The people I met on the open day were warm, from different backgrounds and very helpful. I loved my time in class, the people I met: teachers, fellow students and I especially enjoyed completing challenges (every assignment done, every exam taken provided me with more motivation to do better and built my confidence bit by bit). The teachers are engaged, helpful, supportive and motivational: a role model to follow.
The course helped me enormously in terms of structuring my thoughts. I gained new skills and I discovered that I can achieve things. It made me confident. Graduating with First Class Honours while maintaining a full-time job was a highlight of my personal achievements to date.”
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