Management in Tourism BA (Hons) - Top-up

Management in Tourism BA (Hons) - Top-up

School of Management




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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N801; Short form: BA/TS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

If you are looking to succeed as a professional manager within the tourism industry, then this course in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills to meet the ever changing demands of this dynamic business. You can top up your foundation degree or HND in just one year, studying in small classes alongside other final year students so that you can take advantage of the full undergraduate experience and all the facilities that a larger university like UCLan has to offer. We offer an induction week to tell you everything you need to know about UCLan and give a chance to meet your fellow students, and offer support to make sure that you make the transition very quickly, for instance you will be allocated a personal tutor, tasked with your welfare.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass overall in Tourism Management, Travel and Tourism, Tourism and Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Business Management and Tourism.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Core Modules

  • International Cases in Tourism Management
  • Tourism and Events: Society, Culture and the Visitor Experience
  • Managing Strategically in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development
  • Research Strand

    Choose one 

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Enterprise for Sport, Tourism & The Outdoors
  • Dissertation
  • Optional Modules

    Choose one

    • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
    • Contemporary Issues in Food & Beverages
    • Dark Tourism & Thana-Events: Managing Macabre Attractions & Exhibitions
    • Industry Based Experience
    • Creativity and Innovation in Organisations
    • International Visit


    Further Information

    Our BA(Hons) Management in Tourism course has been specifically designed to provide a thematic and challenging educational progression for holders of Higher National Diploma, Certificate or Foundation Degrees in a Tourism subject area. This degree gives you an opportunity to develop an awareness of, and ability in, corporate management within the Tourism industry to prepare you for a successful management career.

    The course examines management in the Tourism industry from a strategic perspective, in both a national and global context. Key themes are explored through specialist modules in Tourism which reinforce the vocational dimension of the programme. Personal and professional development is emphasised throughout the year thus enhancing employability skills and a commitment to continuing professional development.

    According to The Guardian and Times Good University Guides, UCLan is one of the best places in the UK to study tourism, hospitality and event management. We have an excellent international reputation in our area. 

    The course is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics, most of whom are research active, publishing in a variety of international journals, trade press and media outlets. Please take a look at our staff profiles: David JarrattCarley Sutton, Philip Stone, Richard Sharpley, Sean Gammon, Rod Train, Deborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma.

    The programme begins with an intensive one week induction which is designed to lay the foundations for rapid skills acquisition in those areas which will assist students make the transition between FD or HND and degree level study.

    Six modules in total are studied allowing for analysis of management issues underpinning tourism. Options are selected from the wide variety of modules offered across the Department. An ethos of self-development and reflection also runs through the curriculum in order to develop greater personal awareness and confidence in managing others. The course examines management in the Tourism industry from a strategic perspective, in both a national and global context. Key themes are explored through specialist modules in Tourism, which reinforce the vocational dimension of the programme. Personal and professional development is emphasised throughout the year thus enhancing employability skills and a commitment to continuing professional development.

    Our Division also supports the Green Gecko Project in Cambodia, with students helping raise money and awareness of the charity.


    The three top-up programmes in either Events, Hospitality or Tourism allow for a great deal of flexibility in career choices, leaving students well placed for career opportunities throughout the international marketplace. The continued growth of this sector will guarantee a wealth of opportunities over the coming years.

    Many of our graduates are working for large international organisations, whilst a significant number have chosen to work more locally in the UK Tourism, Event and Hospitality industry. Students have recently secured roles at British Airways, Blackpool FC, Co-operative Travel, Premier Inn, Marriott, Hilton, Disney and many others. Some of our students continue onto our excellent Master’s courses which cover a range of related subjects. 

    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

    Apply Now

    You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400

    Fees 2017/18

    Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

    Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

    Further information:

    For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Industry Links

    UCLan has links with many of the leading names in the Tourism industry including Merlin Entertainments, Disney, Thomson TUI, Thomas Cook and many more.

    We also have strong links with employers including Marriott Hotels, Legacy Hotels, Heathcotes and Northcote and with the smaller companies in the region - with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships. Our links with these key Tourism, Event and Hospitality employers ensure that our courses remain current and help to equip you with the skills and knowledge that employers need.

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    Research- informed teaching allows us to offer fascinating and unique modules such as Dark Tourism which is optional for our Top Up students.

    Students will, on average, attend between nine and twelve hours of lectures, workshops, seminars and group activities per week. Visits to appropriate sites and presentations by guest speakers are also included wherever possible. Personal study and research also forms an integral part of the course. The programme is designed to develop confidence and independence of learning in a progressive manner and encourage a reflective and critical approach to the process of learning about the Tourism industry.

    The course is assessed by a combination of individual written assignments (course work, essays, reports), oral presentations, group projects, training sessions and end of year examinations. You can also complete a dissertation giving you the opportunity to undertake a large piece of independent research.

    I found the trip to Blackpool to be very inspiring and it has only further motivated me to pursue a career in tourism. Meeting Sarah (Marketing Manager of the Merlin Group) prior to the trip was particularly influential, as I understand how hard she works to promote Blackpool, and I have seen the fantastic results for myself

    Beth Higson