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Travel, Tourism and Leisure Management (Cert HE)

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This unique one-year generic programme combines professional vocational training and academic learning. It is developed for potential students who may have taken time away from study or taken a career break and feel they need to develop their confidence and skills in order to return to education. It is also designed for those wish to feel they are unable to commit to a three-year degree or two-year diploma programme with the opportunity to undertake a short programme at University.

On successful completion of the certificate, students can move directly on to level five of the degree or diploma in either Tourism Management, International Travel and Tourism Management, or Leisure Resort Management for further specialist study. 

The programme is also open to tourism and hospitality professionals who are currently working in the industry and wish to gain a higher qualification whilst continuing their employment on a part-time basis and studying on a part-time basis over two years. Similarly, the programme is also open to tourism and hospitality organisations during the quieter winter months to provide additional training opportunities for their workforce whilst still enabling them either to continue working part-time or take time off to study and have the ability to return to work full time in the industry for the busy summer tourism season.

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Travel, Tourism and Leisure Management (Cert HE)
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The applicant will be considered on their industry experience, personal qualities, as well as their academic qualifications.

Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Why choose this course?

A unique course which enables students to undertake a short University programme to build their confidence and develop their professional industry skills.

  1. The opportunity to combine academic learning with paid employment which is directly related to the students Tourism and Hospitality studies. This may appeal to students who need to earn money whilst studying, those already working in the industry or to organisations who want to give their staff the opportunity to develop their skills and learning during the winter months whilst the business is quiet but still be able to commit full time during the tourism season.
  2. Unlike many Foundation degrees, the placement experiences will be paid positions, and unlike Apprenticeships, they will attract industry salary scales as well as possible student funding.
  3. Students are offered unrivalled field trip and global placement opportunities with leading international travel & tourism organisations in order for them to gain operational experience and develop the professional skills as part of an international placement programme or they can spend the summer season working in the local tourism and hospitality industry.
  4. The School of Tourism and Hospitality has over twenty-five years' experience delivering cutting edge professional programmes in Leisure and Tourism focusing on promoting guest service excellence and empowerment from the outset.
  5. The industry experienced teaching team provide a friendly and supportive approach to University life especially for those who are returning to academic studies after either working or taking a career break.
  6. Number 1 in Wales for Tourism, Events and Hospitality (NSS 2019 and Guardian League Tables 2019).

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme focuses on developing the student’s academic skills and confidence as well as their practical industry skills.  

During their studies students focus on developing cutting edge guest service skills, an appreciation of the importance of niche marketing and social media,  as well as the foundations of management and the opportunity to consider the key issues effecting the tourism, travel and leisure industry.

Where possible students will be offered the opportunities to engage in projects, events and UK based educational experiences designed to help support their academic learning and develop their industry appreciation. There may be additional charges.

Students will also be provided with the opportunity to meet virtually with global industry leaders and graduates to discuss topical issues as well as taking part in behind the scenes digital or live industry visits.

Through their studies and extra curricula learning students will be enabled to undertake additional opportunities for industry based training and skills qualifications relating to their studies. This may include ABTA training certificates along with Hospitality and Events Award including Wines and Spirits Training for which there may be an additional charge.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE)

  • Academic, Industry and Digital Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Hospitality and Guest Service Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Managing Tourism, Leisure and Events Organisations (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Niche Marketing and Social Media (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Professional Development and Operational (Placement) (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Tourism, Events and Leisure Industry (20 credits; compulsory).

The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of practical assessments, case studies, management reports, presentations, essays, travel reviews, training exercises, debates and audits.

Assessments will wherever possible be designed to develop professional skills including leadership, management, guest service and team work in preparation for industry careers. There are NO examinations on this course.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

36 UCAS points

Career Opportunities

The programme focuses on developing employability and career opportunities for students within the Travel, Tourism and Leisure industry in the UK and overseas.

This could include working in hotels, travel agents, attractions, leisure centres or for tour operators in the UK or overseas. The programme enables students to move into supervisory positions or to develop their management and academic skills through further study at diploma or degree level.

Additional Costs

Students will have the opportunities to take part in regular field study trips which may include some travel costs. There is likely to be an induction residential trip which will include industry visits and is likely to cost no more than a maximum of £50 to include accommodation and food.

Taith Funding

Taith Funding may be available to support field study trips which are linked to academic studies and cultural learning and may include Aspen, Colorado or Florida as well as other possible destinations including Slovenia and Malta.

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Bursary / Scholarship Information

Career development bursaries of up to £1,000 are available for students to support placements, internships and events volunteering. 

Where students are undertaking overseas placements there may be funding available for study or work abroad through the Global Discover Programme.

Visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section to find out more.


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Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.