International Tourism Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

International Tourism 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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    T354; Short form: ITMFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This degree 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 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.

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 of professional careers in tourism, but lack all of 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

(All compulsory)

  • Tourism Management in Action
  • Developing Professionals in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Exploring Management in Tourism, Hospitality & Events

YEAR 3/4


  • Tourism Development and Sustainability
  • The Tourist: Behaviour and Culture
  • Marketing & ICT for Visitor Economy Managers
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Talent Management and Employability [HR]

Options (one only):

  • Work and Learn
  • Managing Sporting Events
  • International Study Visit
  • Language
  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events

Year 3  (optional placement)

Year 4


  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • The Tourist: Experience & Motivation
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Tourism Futures

Research option (you must pick one of these):

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project
  • Enterprise for Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Single Research Project

Option two (you must pick one of these, unless you are undertaking a dissertation which is worth two modules):

  • Industry Based Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink
  • Dark Tourism: managing difficult heritage
  • International Fieldwork
  • Sport Tourism Management

Further Information

The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management degree focuses on employability and develops a responsive business approach to the international travel and tourism industry. The course encourages you to acquire a constructive and critical understanding of the global tourism industry and the wider socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts in which it is placed. There is also the opportunity for local, national and international field visits, for example Barcelona, New York, Cyprus and Cambodia.

The skills nature of managerial competence within the tourism sector will feature in all years of the programme.

During the first year, you will be introduced to university learning environments and the skills required for higher education study and research. Alongside this, you will also be introduced to the subject of tourism as a social science, as well as introducing key business management related topics. Key themes in the first year provide a foundation upon which the second year of the programme can develop.

Theoretical issues will be developed with increasing complexity as students move from the foundation themes in Year 1 through to the contextualisation and the critical and reflective final year. Students will need to come to their timetabled sessions fully prepared to take an active role in their own learning to maximise both enjoyment and understanding.

The final year of the course continues with the development of academic themes and a range of employment-oriented options to enable students to focus on their career ambitions. All students take a module in personal and professional development to aid career progression and employability.
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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

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

Merlin Entertainments - Europe’s leading name in location-based family entertainment - has partnered with UCLan to deliver a brand new Tourism in Action module. As part of the  module, students met with Sarah Lundy, the Marketing Manager of the Merlin Group, who provided them with insight into the company, her current job role and her personal experience of breaking into tourism management, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at five major Merlin attractions including Sealife, Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Tower Ballroom and the Blackpool Tower 4D experience. Due to this relationship, students could potentially progress onto the company’s 18-month fast-track graduate programme, training to be one of the future leaders of a global business.

Proud sponsors of Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will, on average, attend eleven hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion sessions and practical activities each week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.

Research-informed teaching is prevalent within the areas of sustainable tourism development, transport and tourism, tourist experiences, crisis management, service quality, and dark tourism. The Division also hosts the Institute of Transport and Tourism as well as The Dark Tourism Forum.

Students can expect a predominance of coursework assignments including essays, reports and presentations with some modules also including examinations or multiple-choice tests. There will be live case-studies, field studies and fieldwork, access to relevant applied information technology systems, self-appraisal and reflect on practice. Team working skills are developed through group assessments.

I recommend students take full advantage of the opportunities available at UCLan, such as going on work placement and utilising the knowledge available within the department to achieve your full potential.

Hayley Bartholomew


The programme allows for a great deal of flexibility in career choices, leaving students well placed for career opportunities throughout the international marketplace such as working for airlines and airports, managing theme parks and tourist attractions, managing heritage sites, tourist information centre managers, cruise operations, market research management and consultancy, tour operators, tourism development officers or hospitality graduate schemes.

Students from our course have recently secured roles at British Airways, Blackpool FC, Co-operative Travel, Premier Inn, Marriott, Hilton, Disney and many others. Past graduates who have completed an internship have progressed to senior positions in companies such as British Airways, Virgin, First Choice and Ernst and Young Management Consultants.

A feature of this course is the opportunity to study abroad, with students having the option to take their second year modules at our Cyprus Campus. Additionally, students can take part in our international field visits to destinations such as Cambodia. In addition to this if you choose the  sandwich route you can benefit from a 48-week paid internship with employment and learning opportunities, available throughout the UK, Europe, North America, the Far East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The course is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics, who are all research active, publishing in a variety of international journals, trade press and media outlets.

Carley Sutton leads the course. Please take a look at our staff profiles: David Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Sean Gammon, Deborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma, Professor Richard Sharpley