Tourism with Business BA Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR 2016
|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.|
This course is designed for those wishing to enhance their business skills, while learning about the dynamics of the tourism industry, one of the world's most entrepreneurial and sustainable economic sectors. We are seeking students who have demonstrated ability, potential and self-motivation, and have a genuine interest in learning about the tourism industry and the challenges of this fascinating sector.
The course will develop your business management acumen and focus on key themes such as information and management systems, ﬁnancial analysis, and marketing. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
The course focuses on the business of tourism – its role in post-industrial economies, the business inter-relationships between destinations, modes of travel, hotels and visitor attractions, and the crucial role of marketing and management in successful tourism enterprises.
We have close links with partner universities in Australia, the USA and Malta, and the course takes an international perspective, including a ﬁeld trip in each year of study.
The course is modular, comprising core and option modules, with ever greater module choice as you progress through the course. This enables you to specialise and create your own course pathways. Learning and teaching takes place in a number of ways, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, private study, individual and group project work, and field trips and study visits. Assessment includes unseen examinations and tests, presentations, individual essays, coursework, and individual and team projects.
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 Tourism
- Fundamental Accounting and Finance
- Global Business Environment
- Hospitality in Tourism and Events
- Principles of Event Management
- Strategic Planning for Tourism
- Study Skills and Employability
- Tourism Development
- Understanding Events
- Understanding Tourism
- The Business of Sport
- Creating and Managing an online presence
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Global Economic Issues
- Heritage Tourism
- Managing and Leading People
- 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
- Creating Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Cultural Differences and People Management
- Employability for Tourism and Events
- Event Technology
- Global Strategic Management
- Managing Airports
- Mega-Events and Urban Regeneration
- Responsible Tourism in the Developing World
- 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.
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.
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 Masters 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 specialists from Westminster Business School, and by visiting lecturers drawn from industry.
A flexible and professional course
The course provides a balance of the in-depth theoretical background to the subject and the business principles that underpin tourism, 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.
Why did you choose the University of Westminster?
Firstly the University of Westminster is known for its outstanding teaching and secondly the location of university is amazing; it is located right in the heart of London surrounded by many tourist attractions.
What did you like about the course and Westminster?
The course was really exciting from day one; the modules on the course are hands on and really stimulating and related to the industry. The modules vary from learning how to market a destination to learning about strategic perspectives within an organisation. The course offers a trip every year. The first year was to a heritage destination full of history (Nottingham), the second year to a seaside city (Bournemouth) and the third year to a Mediterranean destination full of history and nature (Malta).
How do you think the course at Westminster will help you in your career?
The Tourism with Business degree was such a stimulating degree, with practical experience on how the prospering industry of tourism works. The transferable skills taught as part of the course will help me and anyone who studies this course to understand what they will be doing in the workplace before they even start working.
What has been the highlight of your achievements to date?
I have accomplished a lot at the University of Westminster, both personal and academic, for example accomplishing my first piece of research to a high academic standard with guidance from an amazing tutor. My main achievement to date is achieving a first class award in my degree.
What advice would you give students thinking about studying Tourism at University?
Firstly, do not worry you are in safe hands. The tourism teachers are outstanding and really passionate about tourism and everything they teach. Many have had hands-on experience in the industry and bring their knowledge into their teaching. Secondly, I advise you to get involved as much as possible with the societies and students union, as you can gain loads of knowledge, friendship and most importantly will enjoy your time at university.
“The tourism teachers are amazing and really passionate about tourism and everything they teach. They present theories but also the practical aspects of the industry. It just made me love tourism even more. I could not have chosen a better place to study or a better tourism course.
The tourism course at Westminster could not have been any better. We’ve always had the support we needed and whenever we needed it. Everyone in our class was very close to each other (I have quite a few friends studying other courses at other universities and they do not have the same experience. I feel very privileged).
I worked in the World Travel Market conference in 2012 (a job found through the University). This job experience has provided me with a closer insight to the industry. They liked me a lot and asked me to do it again this year. The degree will open doors for me to start my career in tourism.”
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