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International Hotel Management (BA)

This unique collaboration combines vocational training at the Marriott Hotel with academic study on campus at UWTSD.

This exciting programme is the result of a close partnership between Marriott Hotels, widely recognised as one of the world’s leading hotel brands and University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

For those wishing to explore whether this is the right career choice, we also offer on Swansea Campus a Certificate of Higher Education in International Hotel Management.  This is a stand-alone Level 4 award with a progression route for the right students on to the Marriott programme.

Course Locations

Daytime Courses

We have daytime courses in Swansea, Birmingham and London campuses.

For detailed information about International Hotel Management, interview dates, times and locations please contact:

Muhammad Cassamo
Tel: 07447-440277
Email m.cassamo@uwtsd.ac.uk.

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Contact Email: m.cassamo@uwtsd.ac.uk
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Tuition Fees 2020/21

Why choose this course

The International Hotel Management BA (Hons) course is unique in terms of its provision of work-based vocational training in a 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 a Marriott Hotel.

The Marriott Hotel group is widely recognised as one of the leading hotel brands in the world within excess of 6,500 hotels in 127 countries worldwide and is comprised of 30 different hotel brands. 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.

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 International Hotel Management BA (Hons) programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is highly suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the hotel and hospitality sector.

For those wishing to explore whether this is the right career choice, we also offer a Certificate of Higher Education: International Hotel Management. This is a stand-alone Level 4 award with a progression route for the right students on to the Marriott programme.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme comprises two years of full-time study. Each year is divided into three four-month blocks, two of which are spent studying on a University 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 a 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 on a University 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.

This degree is taught on the Swansea, London and Birmingham campuses and is offered at three entry points in the spring, summer and autumn terms.

For those wishing to explore whether this is the right career choice, we also offer a Certificate of Higher Education: International Hotel Management. This is a stand-alone Level 4 award with a progression route for the stronger students on to the Marriott programme.

Module Topics

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

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Academic reviews
  • Blogs
  • Fieldwork related studies
  • Case studies
  • Placement assessment
  • Placement Learning Logs
  • In-class tests
  • Multiple choice papers

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Whilst we normally require students to have achieved 96 UCAS Points we actively encourage applications from students with significant relevant experience who do not meet normal entry requirements.

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

Whilst 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.

Applicants who are not able to attend an interview at a campus can be offered a skype interview.

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS. However, you can apply directly to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David using our online application form and the university will process a UCAS application on your behalf.

Career Opportunities

The International Hotel Management BA (Hons) 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 tells us 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 help our graduates to stand out in the job market.

Students who do well in their academic studies and on placement at a Marriott Hotel are well placed to be selected onto the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme subject to a successful interview.

Graduates of the International Hotel Management degree 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. Due to the range of skills students obtain on this degree our graduates are highly sought after for a range of different careers.

Additional Costs

During this degree, students will have the opportunity to attend a number of field trips within the UK and abroad. We attempt to keep the costs of field trips as low as possible and many are significantly subsidised by the University.

Costs to students for UK trips are no more than £100 during the academic year. For overseas trips, costs will be no more than £450 and attendance on these will be optional.

For field trips abroad, students will have the opportunity to pay for them in staged payments to lessen the financial burden. We normally expect the final payment for a field trip to be made four weeks prior to the field trips taking place.

Student Quotes

“This course is an amazing course as we learnt about both tourism and the hotel industry. I am interested in further developing my studies in digital marketing and hope to improve the marketing of hotels in Egypt”
Ashraf Shehata (Egypt)

“I loved travelling and interacting with people and this degree provided me with great experience. In future I’d like to own my own business and am studying for an MBA (International Hotel Management) having completed my degree last summer.”
Chaco de Vigario Gloria de Vigario
(Angola and the Czech Republic)

“The last two years have been amazing. We worked in so many different departments in the hotel that have provided me with fantastic experience for my future career.”
Ashraf Shehata (Egypt)

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

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.


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