Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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 consistently ranked as one of the top universities for teaching quality and research output in the discipline. 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, Hong Kong 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 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.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • History of Design and Urban Form
  • Hospitality in Tourism and Events
  • Language
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Strategic Planning for Tourism
  • Study Skills and Employability
  • Tourism Development
  • Understanding Events
  • Understanding Tourism

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Destinations
  • Development Process and Property Markets
  • Event Operations
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Language
  • Marketing Tourism and Events
  • Sports Tourism
  • The Airline Industry
  • The Research Process
  • Tourism Experience

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Cities of Consumption
  • Critical Themes in Event Management
  • Delivering Award and Reward Events
  • Dissertation
  • Employability for Tourism and Events
  • Event Technology
  • Language
  • 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

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute. You can be confident it will give you knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to fully prepare you for a career in tourism destination management.

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or DistinctionGCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points 

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Careers

All of our students, no matter which tourism course they take, come away with a good grounding in tourism from a theoretical and practical perspective. We take a policy-orientated approach, drawing on issues of strategy and planning, which means they are well-suited to work in planning and strategic roles in their future careers. Our Tourism Planning and Management BA takes students deeper into issues of development and planning policy, and many of them go on to local and regional government roles and the tourist authorities.

Specific examples of where our graduates have found work include:

  • Transport: British Airways, Japan Airlines, cruise companies
  • Hotels: Edwardian, Marriott, Hilton, Melia, Four Seasons
  • Destination management: Visit England, London & Partners, Hungarian Tourist Board, Croatia Tourist Board
  • Events agencies: Reed, UBM, marketing departments of large corporations
  • Events venues: Excel and other venues, Royal Society for Medicine
  • Travel agencies and tour operators: TUI, TripAdvisor, Cosmos, Hotelbeds
  • Start own business
  • Tourist attractions: Kew Gardens, National Trust
  • Further study (Master’s and PhDs)

Students can choose option modules that include work placements.

Many of our staff have previously worked in tourism or events, or are still active in the industry (working part-time with us, and part-time in their own businesses). We have a well-established network of professional links throughout London, the UK and much further afield.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Field trips

We believe that field trips can make a huge contribution to student learning and course enjoyment and we take full advantage of our superb location to make visits to London hotels, event venues, visitor attractions and cultural sites.

At undergraduate level students will be taken on one residential field trip each year:

  • In the first year we travel to a UK historic city to study issues such as visitor management, seasonality planning and festivals.
  • In the second year you will either travel to an event destination, or to a UK seaside resort to study issues such as beach management, conference and business tourism and the night-time economy.
  • In the third year we travel to a Mediterranean island to study issues such as market diversification and tourism impacts.

A group of students on a field trip

What our students say

Tourism student Jana Ruckser smiling

Jana Ruckser

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.

Tourism student Anita Sipos

Anita Sipos

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.

Tourism student Emanuela Peluso looking happy

Emanuela Peluso

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.

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Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk

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