BA International Travel and Tourism Management
UWTSD ranked 1st in Wales for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport & Travel – NSS 2017.
This programme will prepare students for a management career in the International Travel and Tourism industry.
Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the tourism and travel industry helping to create distinctive global graduates with key industry skills.
The programme provides students with the academic and vocational skills required to secure a highly successful career in tourism and travel management. Throughout the course the students will focus on developing their employability skills and industry knowledge with taught classes supplemented by international field study trips, internships and placements.
The learning will be underpinned by core skills development focusing on management and leadership skills, tourism and travel strategies and organisational understanding as well as the global hospitality and guest service skills which are central to the sector.
Throughout the programme, students will focus on global issues such as developing a detailed understanding of the importance of sustainability and entrepreneurship. This will be linked to the underpinning focus of developing employability skills in order to prepare them for a future career in the International Industry.
Close links with several leading global travel and tourism organisations allows the programme to offer a range of exclusive International Internship Opportunities enabling students to develop skills required by key industry leaders, bringing the learning alive and developing graduates ready to move quickly into management positions.
Year 1/ Level 4
- The Global Tourism Village
- Marketing Essentials
- Academic and Industry Skills
- Hospitality and Guest Service Management
- Principles of Managing Organisations
- The Events Industry
Year 2 /Level 5
- Management Practice
- Research Methods
- Live Events Project
- Study Overseas
- Languages for Professional Purposes
- Intercultural Communication
- International Travel Operations Management
- Event Design and Delivery
- Sustainability, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Placements are quality assured by the University to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the student learning experience. An extended sandwich internship option is also available.
Year 3 /Level 6
- Consultancy Project and The Global Student Conference
- Strategic Tourism and Travel Management
- Culture and Heritage Tourism Management
- Leisure Attraction Management
- Global Destination Management
- Sandwich Placement
- Strategic Festivals and Events Management
The programme has been designed through close liaison with leading organisations within the international travel and tourism industry so students can develop their employability skills in preparation for a management career within this sector. Innovative learning strategies and an intercultural focus will be utilised to create distinctive global graduates with the key skills the industry requires.
It offers international internship opportunities providing practical and vocational experience within the travel and tourism industry. A wide range of leading industry providers in the UK and overseas which are constantly reviewed to provide the best possible student experience.
The supportive approach of the University and teaching team allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive, active learning environment.
The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, planning and organising trips, management reports, debates, industry presentations and field study work as well as development records, exams, reviews, DVDs and blogs. Assessments will, wherever possible, develop employability skills as well as aiming to support the development of critical thinking, managing ICT, communication, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership.
88 UCAS points.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
On graduating, students from this programme are successful in securing a range of management and operational positions, within the International Tourism and Travel Industry.
Future career pathways include:
- Tourism Management
- Travel Management
- Tour Operations
- Airline Management
- Attraction Management
- International Hotel Management
Examples of previous student careers within this industry include a range of opportunities in management with Walt Disney World Florida, Necker Island Resort in the Caribbean, Duty Management with Servis Air Cardiff Airport, Resort and Area Management with a number of International Tour Operators, Management, Executive and Directorships with International Resorts including Ritz Carlton and Capella Hotels, Airline Stewards and Cabin Crew Management, Tour Management with Contiki Holidays, Tourism Executive with BTA New York and Executives with Visit Wales and local Tourism and Travel Organisations.
The flexibility of study on the programme empowers students to gear their studies to their career ambitions and personal circumstances. The programme’s interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work-based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long-standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work for international companies around the world.
Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK trips are no more than £100. For overseas trips costs will be no more than £450.
Students undertaking placements abroad will incur some travel costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA additional visa costs will apply. For example students undertaking placements in Aspen, Colarado in 2017 will be expected to find £2000.
Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.
We welcome applications from international students who can share their cross-cultural experience with UK students.
This vocationally-orientated qualification, designed with future career pathways in mind, promises a comprehensive grounding in international travel and tourism management issues. Students will be challenged to extend their learning both academically and practically, to equip them with the skills needed by todays employers in this field.