Teaching and learning in 2020/21

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Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Tourism and Events Management BA explores the relationship between tourism, events and the wider environment, developing the skills you need to successfully evaluate and manage tourism and stage events in host destinations. The course is designed for students who have an interest in the tourism sector generally and are keen to focus on the dynamic field of events management. The course is designed to provide a combination of the practical elements of events management with an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts of events and their role in developing destination product and destination image. The course takes an international perspective and includes a field trip in each year of study. 

The course provides a thorough grounding in the subject and the theoretical principles that underpin tourism and event policy and management, but also has a strong emphasis on skills development for the workplace, including presentation skills, research, data analysis, budgeting, negotiation and content planning. Each student is allocated a personal tutor for academic guidance and pastoral care.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Internationally recognised expertise – members of our teaching team are well known for their leading research on both tourism and events. They regularly speak at conferences around the world and their published books and articles are used on courses globally
  • Industry partnerships – our location in one of the world’s leading tourism and events destinations, together with the teaching team’s practitioner status, facilitates our many industry links. Your studies will include regular talks from experienced tourism and event professionals as well as visits to venues and major tourism events and the opportunity to experience practical operational environments
  • A global outlook – we encourage you to participate in the international opportunities on offer. Previous students have spent semesters in our overseas partner universities around the world and participated in field trips and study visits
  • An interdisciplinary course – this degree course brings together the strategic planning, practical operation and business context of tourism and events to produce graduates with a holistic understanding of the whole industry

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, projects (eg staging an event), field study, and tutorials.

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Current Debates in Tourism
  • Hospitality in Tourism and Events
  • Language
  • Planning for the Visitor Economy
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Study Skills and Employability
  • Understanding Events
  • Understanding Tourism

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Destinations
  • Events for the Business Environment
  • Event Operations
  • Event Production and Technology
  • Exhibition and Spatial Design
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Language
  • Marketing Tourism and Events
  • Sports Events Tourism
  • The Airline Industry
  • The Research Process
  • Tourism and Society
  • Tourism Experience

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • City Tourism and Urban Change
  • Critical Themes in Event Management
  • Dissertation
  • Employability for Tourism and Events
  • Event Experience Design
  • Events for Culture and Society
  • Language
  • Managing Airports
  • Mega Events and Urban Regeneration
  • Staging an Event
  • Sustainable Tourism in the Developing World
  • The Politics of Tourism
  • Tourism and the Mediterranean: Comparative Study

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Successful graduates

Past employers of graduates from our tourism courses include Expedia, Hilton Park Lane and Love Holidays.

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Expert teaching staff

Our expert teaching staff includes professionals from the tourism and events sectors.

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Industry links

We have a well-established network of industry links throughout the UK and further afield.

Career development

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-oriented approach, drawing on issues of strategy and planning, which means you'll be well-suited to work in planning and strategic roles in your future career.

Industry links

We have a well-established network of professional links throughout London, the UK and much further afield. 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).

Graduate employers

Our recent graduates have gone on to work in the following roles:

  • Aspermont – senior conference producer
  • Astarte – project manager and curator
  • Bovingdon’s Catering – senior sales and event manager
  • Expedia – health and safety specialist
  • Facebook – event operations co-ordinator
  • Generation Y – digital account executive
  • Hilton Park Lane – groups conference and event sales executive
  • Love Holidays – purchasing manager
  • Ministry Of Sound – event manager
  • Olympia Exhibition And Conference Centre – marketing executive
  • Roots International Group – researcher
  • Serendipity Tailormade – sales executive
  • Stobart Jet Centre – operations executive

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Leaders

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As a practitioner, I am passionate about sharing knowledge and experience with my students

Lindsey Hanford

Senior Lecturer

Lindsey has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster for nine years, teaching all aspects of event management. She has been an event professional for over 30 years and continues to work as a freelance Operations Director for a range of trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and awards ceremonies.

Her work within the industry enables her to explore live case studies and address contemporary issues with students, as well as regularly introducing guest speakers from all sectors of current event delivery who share their experience and knowledge.

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Why study this course?

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An expert teaching staff

Our teaching team are renowned for their research, and regularly speak at conferences around the world.

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Links to industry

Your studies will include regular talks from experienced tourism and event professionals as well as visits to major tourism events and venues.

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A global course

You'll have the opportunity to participate in field trips, study visits and international exchanges in our overseas partner universities.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*

  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of the qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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What our students say

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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.

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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.

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.

You'll have the opportunity to go on a 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, you'll have the opportunity to travel to the Mediterranean to study issues such as market diversification and tourism impacts.

The first and second year trips are part of compulsory modules and the costs are included in course fees. In the third year, the trip to the Mediterranean is part of an optional module, so students who wish to take part will need to pay for their own flights - this is generally no more than £200. Students on all trips will need to cover their own food costs.

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Fees and Funding

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

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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.

Additional costs

The first and second year trips are part of compulsory modules and the costs are included in course fees. In the third year, the trip to the Mediterranean is part of an optional module and students who wish to take part will need to pay for their own flights - this is generally no more than £200. Students on all trips will need to cover their own food costs.

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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.

Additional costs

The first and second year trips are part of compulsory modules and the costs are included in course fees. In the third year, the trip to the Mediterranean is part of an optional module and students who wish to take part will need to pay for their own flights - this is generally no more than £200. Students on all trips will need to cover their own food costs.

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

Year
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24%76%
2
24%76%
3
23%75%2%
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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

Year
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14%8%78%
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10%19%71%
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2%3%95%
Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019-20

Studying Tourism and Events with us

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

In the heart of London, our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. Specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios, and our extensive Marylebone Library offer students everything they need for academic success.

Marylebone Campus is opposite Baker Street tube station and within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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