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

The Tourism Planning and Management BA focuses on the planning, development, management, and regeneration of destinations.

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, we offer 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, which in the past have given several students the opportunity to study abroad for one semester.

You can choose to take part in an optional year-long work placement module between years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6). This is a further opportunity to enhance your transferable skills, commercial awareness and professionalism – increasing your future employability in the tourism sector.

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (the UK’s professional organisation for destination management) for the excellence of its content and is delivered in collaboration with our Department of Planning and Transport.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Excellent teaching team – combining well-established industry professionals and internationally recognised researchers, our teaching team provides the right balance between professional skills and critical analysis of tourism as a social phenomenon. Our caring and committed team view our students as unique individuals
  • Central London location – a global city and world-leading tourism destination, our location gives students access to an extraordinary range of tourism businesses as well as guest speakers from some of the UK’s leading tourism companies. The course takes an international perspective and includes field trips and day visits in each year of study
  • Destination management perspective - the course focuses on the planning, management and marketing of tourism destinations. Delivered in collaboration with our Department of Planning and Transport, it has full accreditation from the Tourism Management Institute (the UK’s professional organisation for destination management)

Course structure

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. The course is modular, comprising core and option modules, allowing students to specialise and create their own course pathways. The course takes an international perspective and includes a field trip in each year of study.

Each student is allocated a personal tutor for academic guidance and pastoral care and the department regularly scores highly in student satisfaction surveys.

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities
  • Current Debates in Tourism
  • History of Architectural and Urban Form
  • Hospitality in Tourism and Events
  • Planning for the Visitor Economy
  • PolyLang Westminster+ elective
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Study Skills and Employability
  • Understanding Events
  • Understanding Tourism

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Community Planning for Tourism
  • Destinations
  • Development Process and Property Markets
  • Events in the Business Environment
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Marketing Tourism and Events
  • PolyLang Westminster+ elective
  • Sports Events Tourism
  • The Airline Industry
  • The Research Process
  • Tourism and Society
  • Tourism Experience

Credit Level 5

You can choose to take part in an optional year-long work placement module between years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6). This is a further opportunity to enhance your transferable skills, commercial awareness and professionalism – increasing your future employability in the tourism sector.

Those who complete the year-long work placement will graduate with the award "BA Honours Tourism Planning and Management with Professional Experience".

Subjects of study include:

  • City Tourism and Urban Change
  • Critical Themes in Event Management
  • Dissertation
  • Employability for Tourism and Events
  • Events for Culture and Society
  • Managing Airports
  • Mega-Events and Urban Regeneration
  • PolyLang Westminster+ elective
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Sustainable Tourism in the Developing World
  • 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.

Programme Specification

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

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 tourist authorities.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Excellent career prospects

Past employers of graduates from our tourism courses include British Airways, Hilton, Visit England, TripAdvisor, and the National Trust.

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Professional teaching staff

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

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Industry links

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

Students can choose to take part in an optional year-long work placement module between years 2 and 3, enhancing their transferable skills, commercial awareness, professionalism and employability. Those who complete the year-long work placement will graduate with the award "BA Honours Tourism Planning and Management with Professional Experience".

Students can also choose option modules that include work placements.

Job roles

The course prepares you for roles including:

  • Health and safety specialists
  • Marketing executives and senior marketing executives
  • Operations executives
  • Passenger service agents
  • Planning officers and spatial planning assistants
  • Principal consultants
  • Product assistants
  • Regional commercial directors and planning directors
  • Sales and events managers
  • Venue managers, operations managers, hotel managers, reservations managers, and guest relations officers

Graduate employers

Graduates of our tourism programmes have found positions in companies including:

  • Destination management and tourist attractions: Royal Botanic Gardens, Visit England, London & Partners, Hungarian Tourist Board, Croatian Tourist Board, the National Trust
  • Hotels and venues: Edwardian, Marriott, Hilton, Melia, Four Seasons, Accor, M89 Hotel in Milan, Berkeley Group Plc, Cavendish venues
  • Transport: British Airways, Japan Airlines, BAA Aviation PLC, Stobart Jet Centre
  • Travel agencies: Expedia Group, Oliver's Travels, Youtravel.com, Selina, TUI, TripAdvisor, Cosmos, Hotelbeds
  • Bovingdons Catering
  • Fircroft
  • St Albans City and District Council and Watford Borough Council

Some of our graduates also start their own businesses or progress to further study (Master's and PhDs).

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

Why study this course?

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A clear teaching style

94% of our students felt that the staff are good at explaining things.

Source: Discover Uni – site accessed in January 2020.

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Engaging lectures, seminars and tutorials

94% of our students felt that the staff made the subject interesting.

Source: Discover Uni – site accessed in January 2020.

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Central London location

By studying in a global city and world-leading tourism destination, you'll benefit from access to tourism-based businesses, events and industry experts.

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

Find an online open day

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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 combinations of 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.

More information

 

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
1
24%76%
2
24%76%
3
24%76%
Scheduled hours Independent study

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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23%4%73%
2
3%21%76%
3
3%7%90%
Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Studying Tourism and Events with us

Watch our video to find out more about studying Tourism and Events courses 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

visit our student hub

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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.

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