Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

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

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic sectors and is forecast to continue growing during this century. The sector needs entrepreneurial professionals who can contribute to, lead or create successful businesses that will support sustainable tourism in challenging global circumstances. This long-established course gives you the knowledge, analytical skills and life-changing experiences to make a successful career as a tourism professional.

Our Tourism with Business BA offers an interdisciplinary approach, combining expertise in business along with an in-depth understanding of tourism’s influence and how it can be harnessed to create a positive legacy. You will learn how destinations, visitor attractions, transport and accommodation are planned, marketed and managed, along with key business issues such as finance and accounting, managing and leading people, global strategic management, and sustainability.

We enjoy a fantastic location in the heart of London, one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Your studies will include regular site visits to major tourism suppliers such as hotel companies, transport operators and attractions for behind-the-scenes tours, visits to major tourism events, and talks from experienced tourism professionals. We invite tourism practitioners into the classroom and our students liaise with our industry partners on projects.

Our graduates are entrepreneurial and globally engaged and we encourage you to participate in the international opportunities we offer. You will develop a range of important transferable skills that are sought by employers and that are crucial to business success – the ability to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively in writing and in person, and to be socially, ethically and environmentally aware. Many of our graduates develop careers in global tourism organisations including online travel agencies, tour operators, hotel companies, and visitor attractions. Others work for smaller more specialised tourism businesses and some set up their own businesses.

You can choose to take part in an optional year-long work placement module, which will enable you to experience a year in industry. The tourism placement year will help you develop employability and transferable skills through increased commercial awareness and professionalism. 

Our tourism teaching team are well known for their research and publications. They present at international conferences and have published academic texts used at universities around the world.

We welcome applications from dynamic, committed and self-motivated individuals who are passionate about travel, tourism and business, and who want to contribute to tourism’s future as a force for a sustainable world.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Internationally recognised expertise – our teaching team are well known for their research and publications. They speak at conferences around the world and publish books and articles which are used on courses globally
  • Industry partnerships – our location in one of the world’s leading tourism destinations and business hubs facilitates our many industry links. Your studies may include site visits to hotels, transport operators, major tourism events, and talks from experienced tourism professionals
  • 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 brings together planning, business and tourism to produce graduates with a holistic understanding of the whole industry

Course structure

Learning takes place through lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual and team project work, site visits and study trips, and your own private study. We endeavour to schedule your classes on three days of the week, allowing you time to study independently and to take advantage of the many part-time tourism industry opportunities in London.

Our assessments are varied and we often include a practical, industry-focused element to simulate real-life industry scenarios.

Each year of study includes a short visit outside London to learn from industry practitioners about how the challenges of tourism are tackled in different types of destination. Our course is modular, comprising core and option modules, and becomes more flexible as you progress. This allows you to specialise and create your own course pathway.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. You will take 120 credits each year, split across 4-6 modules.

Subjects of study include:

  • Creating and Managing an Online Presence
  • Current Debates in Tourism
  • Fundamental Accounting and Finance
  • Global Business Environment
  • Hospitality in Tourism and Events
  • Planning for the Visitor Economy
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Study Skills and Employability
  • The Business of Sport
  • Understanding Events
  • Understanding Tourism

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Community Planning for Tourism
  • Destinations
  • Event Operations
  • Events in the Business Environment
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Marketing Tourism and Events
  • Polylang Westminster+ Elective
  • Sports Event 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, which will enable you to experience a year in industry. The tourism placement year will help you develop employability and transferable skills through increased commercial awareness and professionalism. 

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

Subjects of study include:

  • City Tourism and Urban Change
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Cultural Differences and People Management
  • Dissertation
  • Employability for Tourism and Events
  • Events for Culture and Society
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Managing Airports
  • Mega-Events and Urban Regeneration
  • Polylang Westminster+ Elective
  • 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

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 will be well suited to work in planning and strategic roles in your future career.

Students on the Tourism with Business BA gain a sound grounding in accounting, finance and HR and are therefore well placed to work in the corporate world.

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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Graduate successes

Previous graduates have secured positions in companies including the Hungarian National Tourism Organisation, the PPHE Hotel Group and Loveholidays.com.

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Industry links

Many of our staff have previously worked in tourism or events, or are still active in the industry. We have a well-established network of professional links throughout London, the UK and much further afield.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

Many of our staff are industry professionals, working part-time with us and part-time in their own businesses. Other have previously worked in the tourism or events sectors and bring that experience to their teaching role.

We have links with the tourism and events industry throughout London, the UK and much further afield, including companies such as Turkish Airlines, Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane London, London and Partners, Malta Tourism Authority, Visit Lincoln, and Mandarin Oriental, London.         

Work experience opportunities

Previous students have gained valuable experience by volunteering in organisations including Southwark Cathedral and the Charles Dickens Museum, the London Marathon, Prudential Ride London and Moonwalk London. Others have taken advantage of the international work experience opportunities available to them by taking part in the Westminster Working Cultures Programme.

Students can also choose to take part in an optional year-long work placement module, giving them valuable industry experience and boosting their employability. Those who complete the year-long work placement will graduate with the award "BA Honours Tourism with Business with Professional Experience".

Job roles

The course prepares you for roles in a range of sectors, including:

  • Contracting suppliers
  • Destination marketing
  • Human resources 
  • Planning tours and trips
  • Tourism business marketing and sales
  • Tourism business operations 

Graduate employers

Previous graduates have found roles in companies, including:

  • Booking Holdings
  • Edwardian Hotels
  • Flight Centre
  • Hungarian National Tourism Organisation
  • Jac Travel
  • Loveholidays.com
  • Miki Travel
  • PPHE Hotel Group
  • Serendipity Tailormade Travel

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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Our central-London location

Our location in one of the world’s leading tourism and business centres means students participate in regular trips to major tourism attractions, facilities and suppliers.

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Field trips and study visits

Field trips and study visits provide opportunities to examine tourism issues first hand, discuss them with practitioners and apply theories and skills in practical circumstances.

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Industry experts

We invite tourism practitioners into the classroom and our students liaise with our industry partners on study projects, benefiting from direct industry experience.

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 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.

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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.

At undergraduate level students 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 travel either to an event destination or 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 no more than £200 towards the trip. 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 your 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 no more than £200 towards the trip. Students on all trips will need to cover their own food costs.

See what else you may need to pay for separately and 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 your 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 no more than £200 towards the trip. Students on all trips will need to cover their own food costs.

See what else you may need to pay for separately and 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.

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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.

 

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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

Right in the heart of central 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

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