International Hospitality Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

International Hospitality Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years or 5 years with 48-week work placement (N220)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    H234; Short form: IHMFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to tourism, hospitality and event management. You’ll be taught by academic staff with a combination of industry and management expertise. Some have a background in a range of events and venues while others have specialised in marketing, human resource and consultancy. You’ll also benefit from the research of our academic staff and enjoy guaranteed work experience opportunities, trips, and internships, with opportunities for international study and travel. So you’re sure to become a valued and employable global citizen, with a promising future. Emphasis is also placed on developing an advanced understanding of your own development, skills and attributes in relation to the T.H.E sectors.   

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

Further Information

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, or relevant work/life experience and who have aspirations for professional careers in the field of hospitality, but lack all of the requisite academic,but lack the requisite academic qualifications, are welcome. Such applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and may require the applicant to be invited to interview.   

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Contemporary, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Themes in Action
Study Skills for Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (T.H.E)


Service Excellence in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Visitor Economy
Professionalism and Management in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (T.H.E)

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Principles and Practice of Hospitality
  • Developing professionals in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Exploring Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management

Year 3

Core Modules

  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events
  • Marketing & ICT for Visitor Economy Managers
  • Talent Management and Employability
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Optional Modules

  • Language
  • International Study Visit
  • Events in Action
  • Tourism Development and Sustainability
  • Work and Learn

Year 4

Core modules:

  • Global Hospitality: The Future
  • Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink
  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Independent Research Option (1 of 4 available):

Dissertation, Single Research Project, Consultancy Project or Enterprise Project

Optional modules:

  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Tourism and Events: Society, Culture and the Visitor Experience
  • Dark Tourism & Thana-Events: Managing Macabre Attractions & Exhibitions
  • Sport Tourism Management
  • International Fieldwork
  • Industry Based Experience (for 3-year course only)

Further Information

The course is delivered by a dynamic team of academics, many of whom have international experience and are publishing in a variety of journals, trade press and media outlets. The course has a number of employability-based modules and students are encouraged to work part-time for valuable work experience.

Hospitality is a global industry, where dealing with international guests may be a day-to-day occurrence. We support you to develop intercultural communication skills through our wide range of language courses, which you can take up as an option within the course, or as an additional award.

In the early stages, you will explore the hospitality industry and its development from an international perspective. You will look into the context of human resource skills as well as the field of customer service. All students will develop skills in food and beverage operations. The development of practical skills will aid you when seeking employment in the sector and in addition to this it will give you an awareness of hospitality provision from a supervisory and management perspective.

This course provides a strong management orientation through the study of marketing issues alongside the analytical approach of talent management, applied research and service quality. The international nature of the industry is also considered in more detail by conducting a study of current trends in hospitality, corporate hospitality and related business events. Planning for the placement year will also take place to prepare you for the future ahead.

In Year 3 (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry)  you can choose to undertake a 48-week placement. Our dedicated placement team work with you to find you a placement opportunity that is relevant to your career aspirations. Our students take up a range of opportunities and have worked in four and five star hotels in China, USA and New Zealand, and the family entertainment resorts of Orlando Florida. You can also work throughout the UK for appropriate hospitality placements and we will support you in using them effectively through your search, application process and implementation of suitable options.

The final year is founded on the critical and analytic study of the global hospitality industry and the needs of strategic management. A personal and professional development module helps to capitalize on the placement year, providing an opportunity to reflect upon achievements and plan the next stage of a professional career. A range of options provide some flexibility and allow students to develop and follow their interests in managing quality, tourism and events experiences. A culmination of your academic development is tested in an independent, research-based option which you will need to complete in the final year of your course. You may select a full dissertation, an independent study module or a consultancy project, or an entrepreneurial business project, following your preferences and areas of interest.

As part of the practical modules, you will also take up additional certificates and qualifications needed in the industry. For example, a Level 2 Award in Catering in Food Safety allows you to safely practise your culinary and front-of-house skills in local restaurants.



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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have strong links with employers including Marriott Hotels, Legacy Hotels, Heathcotes and Northcote. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to a number of these.

There are a number of professional organisations to which the Division and staff belong, including:

The conferences, workshops and seminars offered by these associations and attended by the staff contribute to the development of the course design.

Proud sponsors of Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017

Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning on the course takes place in lectures, on-line and in practical settings. In the first year, you will attend on average16 hours of study per week, which will include some practical sessions. In the second and final year, attendance will be about 12 hours per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course, and you will be expected to work for about 36 hours a week in total. During the placement year - for those who take this option - you will be expected to follow the normal work patterns of the event industry.

Hands-on sessions in our Scholars Restaurant and Kitchen will aid you when seeking employment in the sector, and in addition, gives you an awareness of hospitality provision from a supervisory and management perspective.

You will face a variety of assessments, predominantly coursework, but also examinations. Assignments may take the form of essays, reports, presentations, poster presentations, training exercises, development journals or portfolios. Some assessments are individual, others will involve group work.

During my placement one of my favourite departments was reception, and after graduating I was offered a permanent role. Both studying and work experience go hand-in-hand and this is how you get the most from your degree.

Susannah Holden


Graduates of the course are pursuing careers throughout the international hospitality industry. Many are working for large international organisations, whilst a significant number have chosen to work more locally in the UK hotel industry. You can aspire to working in cruise ships, nightclubs, casinos, major hotel chains and restaurant groups.

The optional 48-week work placement in 3rd year (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry)  ensures graduates have a good level of work experience once they graduate. Many students go on to work at their placement company once they leave UCLan. You can also choose to work abroad on an international placement and students regularly work for Disney in their placement year or in a number of international hotels chains across at least five continents.

As in Tourism and Event programmes, there is an opportunity for participating in local, national and international field visits.

The programme is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Professor Richard Sharpley, Dr Philip Stone, Carley Sutton, Dr Sean Gammon, Dr Dorota Ujma, David Jarratt, Jane ShawAngela MacKenzieDeborah Slater

We are also home to two Research Institutes: The Institute of Transport and Tourism and The Dark Tourism Institute.