BA International Hotel Management

  • International Hotel Management

This exciting new programme is the result of a close partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Marriott Hotels, widely recognised as one of the world’s leading hotel brands. This unique collaboration combines vocational training at the Marriott Hotel with academic study on campus at UWTSD.

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
2 years

Swansea Business School
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The programme comprises two years of full time study. Each year is divided into three four-month blocks, two of which are spent studying at Swansea Business Campus with the remaining block spent on placement in the Marriott Hotel.

Students will therefore spend a total of eight months (two four-month blocks) within the Marriott Hotel, working in a range of departmental areas. Placement during the first year of the degree will have a more operational emphasis; the second year will combine operational duties at a more advanced level together with involvement in hotel administration and management. Students will develop enhanced guest service skills and a critical understanding of the operational requirements associated with different departments in the hotel.

For the remaining sixteen months (four four-month blocks), students will pursue academic study at Swansea Business Campus. The modules studied will develop a critical understanding of essential management theory and practice, provide a global context within which hotel organisations operate, and engage students with principles of sustainable business practice. This will provide a theoretical foundation of subject knowledge that can then be applied within a practical context during the placements at the Marriott Hotel.

At Swansea Business Campus:

Year 1

  • Hospitality and Guest Services
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Business Skills for the International Hotel Industry
  • Personnel Resourcing and Development
  • Financial Management
  • Foreign Language and Intercultural Awareness

Year 2

  • Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Consultancy
  • Contemporary Themes in the Hotel and Hospitality Sector
  • Global Tourism and Destination Management

At the Marriott Hotel:

Year 1

  • Placement: Food and Beverage Operations.
  • Placement: Hotel Administration and Front Office Operations
  • Placement: Operating Hotel Facilities

Year 2

  • Placement: Food and Beverage Operations.
  • Placement: Guest Service Operations.
  • Placement: Hotel Administration.

The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management course is unique in terms of its provision of work-based vocational training in the Marriott Hotel alongside academic study at UWTSD. Furthermore, as this programme is delivered over two years rather than the conventional three, it represents excellent value for money.

There is an increased demand for graduates with practical experience, greater work-based competency, and effective management skills. This collaborative programme is designed to produce graduates who not only have a firm understanding of the academic theory underpinning the industry, but have been given the opportunity to apply this theory to their practice during placements at the Marriott Hotel.

The Marriott Hotel group is widely recognised as one of the leading hotel brands in the world. The Swansea Marriott is a four star hotel situated in the Maritime Quarter of the city, and trades strongly throughout the year. It is popular with both business clients and leisure tourists, and hosts visiting Premier League football teams (to play Swansea City FC) and many international sports teams, reflecting the high profile of the establishment. The Marriott Hotel group places a premium on high quality training and staff welfare, and provides an excellent learning environment for our students. Departmental structures within the hotel enable students to gain experience in a range of different areas, including food and beverage operations, hotel administration, and guest service operations. High achieving students will be well placed for selection onto the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme.

While International Hotel Management is a new course, the School of Tourism and Hospitality in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has over 25 years of experience in delivering programmes related to leisure, events, tourism and hospitality. The network of industry connections that have been developed over this time period ensures that the content of our programmes meets industry needs, and produces skilled graduates who are highly employable.

The friendly approach of the University and teaching teams allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The friendly nature of the small programme team and close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their fellow students allows a positive, active learning environment.

The travel and tourism industry is of considerable importance to both the UK and global economies. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, in 2012 the industry grew faster than manufacturing, retail, financial services and communications, and supports 1 in 11 of all jobs worldwide. The significance and growth of this industry is expected to continue into the future. The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David would be highly suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the hotel and hospitality sector.

The programme is predominantly assessed through a combination of coursework and practical tasks, with a limited number of examinations. Coursework/practical tasks may include:

  • Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Process workbooks/development records
  • Academic reviews
  • Blogs
  • Field study reports
  • Case studies
  • Employer assessment
  • 240 UCAS Tariff points (e.g. 3 ‘A’ levels)
  • BTEC Nationals (NQF) Diploma or Certificate.
  • BTEC Nationals (NQF) Extended Diploma or Certificate.
  • National vocational qualifications Level 3.
  • Other equivalent qualifications (e.g. International, European and Baccalaureates, City and Guilds, Access to Higher Education Diploma).

Applications from students with significant relevant experience who do not meet normal entry requirements are also welcomed.

Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in the English language, e.g. IELTS 6.0.

Applicants will also need to pass a selection interview which may include a guest service role play exercise.

The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management programme is designed to produce graduates with both a strong academic understanding of the industry and the practical skills required by the sector. Feedback from employers suggests that many undergraduate hospitality programmes produce graduates with good theoretical knowledge, but who lack practical experience. The vocational emphasis of this programme puts our graduates in a particularly strong position when applying for jobs or graduate management training schemes in hotel organisations.

The Marriott Hotel has a global reputation for excellence, and extensive placement experience with this hotel group will help our graduates to stand out in the job market. High achieving students will be well placed to be selected onto the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme subject to a successful interview.

Many graduates from hospitality-related programmes at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have gone on to secure a range of management and operational positions in the hospitality sector, both locally and internationally. Examples include Belinda Oster, Executive Assistant at Hotel Jerome in Colorado; Damian Jenkins, Food and Beverage Director at the Ritz Carlton; and Mark Gallagher, General Manager at Morgan’s Hotel in Swansea.

This programme has a strong international focus as the Marriott Hotel group operates globally. International students interested in pursuing a career in the hotel and hospitality sector either in their home country or elsewhere in the world are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Faculty of Business and Management is very proud of its large and diverse international student body, and considerable support is available in the faculty for any international student who requires it.

What Our Students' Say

  • The content and modules undertaken as part of the course were enjoyable and informative. Knowledge gained....has given me the ability to manage the hotel efficiently and effectively.

    Mark GallagherInternational Hotel Management

  • The course gave me the knowledge and desire to succeed.

    Kelly O’MahollyInternational Hotel Management