This course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of theories relevant to successful tourism management. You will develop skills appropriate to the industry as well as future academic study.
You will be taught by passionate staff who produce world-leading research. A typical week for you will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and resource-based learning, and supervised project and group work.
There is an emphasis on developing your independent study skills, and you will also have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups.
Your progress will be assessed with coursework, projects, presentations, practical exercises, time-constrained and multiple-choice examinations and the major project in your final year.
The Business and Tourism Integrated Foundation Year includes four modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
In your final year, you will specialise in your chosen area of tourism management. This might be mass tourism, e-tourism, sports tourism and mega events, urban tourism or ecotourism. In this year, your academic study will be linked even more intensively with employability, so that when you graduate you’ll be ready to step directly into the workplace.
The Reg Vardy Centre,
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The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.
The Foundation Year will be £4,000. For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250, but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the three years.
In addition, you will receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region, and you may be eligible for means-tested scholarships if you are from a low-income household.
Register with StudyPLUS and enjoy up to £200 worth of books and university study essentials.
If you are a full-time UK student you will be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
The course content on the BSc (Hons) Tourism Management degree reflects our close links with employers, and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.
Many of our graduates progress to careers in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies.
We encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year to further enhance employability . It effectively becomes the third year of a four-year course. Placements are paid, with an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.
We will support you at every stage of the placement process, from finding suitable placements, to checking that everything is going well, and to making a final assessment of your performance during the placement.
Recent placement employers include IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.
You will have the opportunity to visit a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives. These visits are local to the North-East, national throughout the UK, and international including destinations such as New York, Dublin, Prague and Barcelona.