Sofia Nawaz

The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is ideal if you wish to develop and succeed as a professional travel and tourism manager. Tourism is currently one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the course will equip you with a range of transferable professional and managerial skills, which can be used to meet the ever changing demands of this dynamic business. Our degree focuses on employability, and you can take advantage of a paid internship on the sandwich route, which can provide opportunities to work in a supervisory capacity within the travel and tourism sector throughout the world. The course also offers optional international opportunities including field trips, overseas placements and work experience. 

A number of our students spend their first year in Preston, the second year at our campus in Cyprus, an optional third year on placement abroad and their final year back in Preston.

International Tourism Management student, Sofia Nawaz, is currently studying at the UCLan Cyprus Campus for a year as part of her degree – an opportunity which she took after visiting Cyprus earlier in the year on a study visit. Sofia, a former Marsden Heights Community College student, knew she wanted to study travel and tourism at a senior level and chose UCLan due to “the amazing opportunities such as the study abroad programme and the paid internship sandwich year”. Sofia continued: “UCLan stood out to me because of the amazing lecturers, facilities and worldwide industry connections.”

Talking about the prospects available to her as a UCLan student, Sofia said: “UCLan has offered me incredible opportunities such as travelling to Blackpool and meeting the Merlin Entertainment team, as well as the head of Blackpool’s Merlin Cluster, Ian Hawking. Whilst there we were able to visit all of the Merlin attractions and feedback our experiences to the Merlin group. So far, I have had a fantastic experience and made great friends.”

Sofia continued: “I would recommend UCLan to anyone as the opportunities are endless and the tourism student community is extremely tight knit and welcoming. My experience at UCLan has made me more independent. I have developed a range of skills which I know will benefit me in my future career as well as my personal life.”

If tourism isn’t your thing then we also run related programmes in Hospitality Management and Event Management where you will have access to the same opportunities to study and work abroad, as well as in the UK. We also offer one-year top-up degrees for those who already have a HND or Foundation Degree, as well a range of related Masters Courses for those who wish to enhance a current degree qualification. For more information about our courses, come along and visit us on campus or contact 01772 892400.

By Leonie Jackson