Management in Hospitality

Management in Hospitality BA (Hons) - Top-up

If you are looking to succeed as a professional manager within the hospitality 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 an academic advisor, tasked with your welfare.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Tourism, Transport and Travel at UCLan is 3rd in the UK and 1st in the North West for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality. We are also ranked 1st in the North West and in the UK top 5 for assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Take advantage of the full undergraduate experience and all the facilities a larger university like UCLan has to offer.
  • The top-up programme allows for a great deal of flexibility in career choices, leaving you well placed for career opportunities throughout the international marketplace or locally within smaller organisations in the UK.
  • Our strong links with employers such as Ashfield Meetings and Events, Merlin Entertainments, Cruise 118, Marriott Hotels and Northcote all enhance and complement your studies.

Course Overview

Core Modules

  • TL3018 Global Hospitality: The Future.
  • TL3137 Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink
  • TL3050 Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • TL3055 Management Development in Tourism Hospitality & Events.

Research Strand

Choose one 

  • TL3923 Dissertation [double module]
  • TL3924 Consultancy Project
  • TL3925 Enterprise for Tourism, Hospitality & Events.
  • TL3525 Single Research Project

Optional Modules

  • TL3012 Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • TL3067 Dark Tourism: managing difficult heritage
  • TL3139 International Fieldwork
  • TL3011 Sport Tourism Management
  • TL3140 The Tourist: Experience & Motivation

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Pass FD with 40%/HND Pass in subject area of Hospitality only.

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.

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Further Information

Management in Hospitality offers a fast-track BA (Hons) opportunity for HND or FD holders to study for an honours degree in one year. Career development in hospitality is highly dependent on qualifications, and progression in management is difficult without a degree. The hospitality industry also favours hospitality graduates rather than graduates in other disciplines. The course provides a management focused programme, designed to develop awareness of and ability in corporate management and to prepare students for a successful career.

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.

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.

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

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 Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Richard Sharpley, Sean Gammon, Deborah SlaterAngela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma.

Six modules in total are studied allowing for analysis of management issues underpinning hospitality. 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 Hospitality industry from a strategic perspective, in both a national and global context. Key themes are explored through specialist modules in Hospitality, 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students will, on average, attend between nine and twelve hours of lectures, workshops, seminars and group activities per week. 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 Hospitality industry.

Assessment is continuous, but on many modules there is also an examination. You will produce essays and reports, make presentations, analyse case studies and investigate relevant organisations to a set of criteria for assessment. You can also complete a dissertation giving you the opportunity to undertake a large piece of independent research.

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


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. Graduates can aspire to working in cruise ships, nightclubs, casinos, major hotel chains and restaurant groups. Some of our students continue onto our excellent Master’s courses, where they can combine Hospitality with Events, Visitor Attractions or Tourism.

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Important Information

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.