In conjunction with Alton Towers, we are offering a selection of students an exciting opportunity to study a two-year Foundation Degree in International Hospitality Management at our Buxton campus, with a 20 week paid placement at Alton Towers Resort. The combination of work and study will help you to develop practical skills and get a real world view of the hospitality industry in one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions.
You will have the chance to learn in four very different hotel operations at the Alton Towers Resort.
- In your first year you will be employed in a service role in food and beverage, conference and banqueting and hotel operations. You will study modules in marketing and communications, hospitality operations, purchasing, costing and control and the hospitality sector.
- In your second year you will be employed as a team leader and specialise in one of the service operations. You will complete your studies with modules in business development, hospitality supervision, conference and banqueting, hospitality facilities design and exploring the guest experience.
When you have successfully completed the programme you will have the opportunity to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management degree or alternatively apply for career vacancies at Alton Towers and the Merlin Entertainment Group.
Work-based learning lies at the heart of our foundation degree in International Hospitality Management. It is your stepping stone to a rewarding career in one of largest and fastest growing sectors in the global economy.
All students on this course will:
- Combine academic studies with real-world learning in work environments on this dynamic two-year degree
- Prepare for a career in a vibrant sector where many professionals reach their first managerial role before the age of 30
- Build a strong platform for further studies: you can ‘top up’ this qualification to an honours degree with just one more year of study
- Gain valuable professional experience through work placements which make up a significant proportion of the course
- Study in the spa town of Buxton on the edge of the Peak District National Park with its many hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions
- Work on real-world projects at our Devonshire Dome, a popular events venue featuring a fine dining restaurant, bistro and industry standard training kitchens
- Help deliver ‘live’ projects from parties to graduation ceremonies, conferences to festivals
- Network with some of the leading names in hospitality: we have links with the likes of Claridge’s, Marriott and Gleneagles
- Learn from a teaching team with extensive industry experience and benefit from the support of a personal tutor throughout
- Broaden your outlook on fascinating fieldtrips to hospitality venues: two UK-based residentials are included in your course fees
- Achieve a qualification which looks great on your CV: our course has professional accreditation from the Institute of Hospitality (IoH)
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates
Our hospitality, events and tourism courses have been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
Practical and progressive, the FdA International Hospitality Management is underpinned by our strong links with employers to give you a real head start in your career.
A high-quality learning experience
Offering an exciting blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on projects, the FdA International Hospitality Management equips you with all the skills that today’s employers are seeking.
From hotel services to conferences and banqueting, we cover every aspect of the guest experience. You will gain abilities not only in hospitality operations but also in research, marketing, purchasing, costing, supervision and business development so that you graduate with a well-rounded portfolio of knowledge.
At the end of the two years, the choice is yours: you can leave with a highly regarded FdA qualification or – if you have a minimum of a merit profile – can progress to the final stage of our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management.
Hone your skills in a genuine hospitality venue
Your classroom is our impressive grade II* listed Devonshire Dome at Buxton campus, a popular events venue with catering facilities for up to 900 people. We believe this learning environment is among the best of its kind in the UK, a place where you can train, work and gain invaluable insights into how a first-class hospitality venture is managed.
Incorporating a fine dining restaurant and bistro, seven state-of-the-art training kitchens and an award-winning commercial spa, the campus is ideally located in the historic spa town of Buxton. With the Peak District National Park right on our doorstep, you cannot fail to discover rich material for hospitality case studies.
We ensure you are fully equipped for your studies: at the outset of the course, all new students receive a full set of kitchen whites, knives and safety shoes, plus a complete front-of-house uniform.
Real-world learning in action
Work placements are an integral part of this course, equipping you with valued skills such as customer handling, problem solving, team working and communication. You will spend a significant proportion of your time gaining practical experience within the University’s own hospitality operations and with other employers in the sector.
Our students have enjoyed rewarding placements with the likes of Claridge’s, Skibo Castle, the Mandarin Hotel Group and Michelin-starred restaurants. Increasingly we offer opportunities for overseas placements too, including with Disney and Loews Hotels in America.
Real-world projects grounded in industry practice will enrich your learning further still. Our students have delivered successful events at the Dome, including parties for 700 staff from Chatsworth and our own graduation ceremonies. They have also run corporate events in locations like London’s National History Museum and taken part in international challenges such as the annual Passion for Hospitality debate.
Flourishing employer partnerships
We draw on our strong alliances with industry to ensure you gain all the skills you need to succeed. You will engage with leading employers at every stage of the FdA International Hospitality Management, paving the way to placement, internship and job opportunities.
Our networks include Marriott Hotels, Gleneagles Hotel, The Lancaster London, Red Carnation Hotels, Compass Group, GlenArbor Country Club in New York, Jurys Inn, Zuma Restaurants and smaller businesses located in and around the Peak District.
Notable industry figures play a leading role in the continuing development of the course to keep it current and meaningful. You will meet them at regular events such as guest lectures and our annual Industry Networking Day.
Broaden your outlook on fieldtrips
A UK-based residential trip is included in your course fees in both the first and second year of your studies. These give you an exciting chance to visit hotels, restaurants, conference centres and other venues to see commercial hospitality operations in close-up.
In the past, our students have gone behind-the-scenes at luxury hotels, spa and golf resorts stretching from London to Scotland. They have also taken part in landmark events such as the Food Show in Birmingham.
You could consider joining optional overseas excursions to gain truly international perspectives on the hospitality industry: our fascinating destinations have included Florence, Paris and Iceland.
Meeting industry benchmarks
Because the FdA International Hospitality Management is aligned to latest occupational standards for the industry, you can be assured that your learning will be relevant, up to date and of a high standard. We work closely with the Institute of Hospitality, which offers great opportunities for you to network and make new contacts.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and you will have access to the Institute’s Educational Membership Scheme which offers great opportunities for you to network and make new contacts.
When you join us, you will also automatically become a member of hosco, with access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.
The teaching offered on our FdA International Hospitality Management is designed to help you reach your full potential. You will be inspired and motivated through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, applied practice sessions, practical demonstrations and videos, small group exercises, and case study discussions.
Your practical professional development will take place in various hospitality operations at the University and beyond, helping you put theory into practice, boosting your confidence and raising your professional profile.
Your placement experience is likely to encompass many aspects of the industry such as guest service to commercial standards, technical skills development, sales and marketing, health and safety, food safety, business processes, financial targets and budgeting, HRM practices, staff training, and maintenance and management of hospitality facilities.
Other work-related learning experiences include guest lectures, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led projects.
A welcoming community
We pride ourselves on offering a dynamic, friendly and supportive learning environment centred on the magnificent setting of the Devonshire Dome. You will study alongside students and teaching staff from across the world in a sociable community where you can build your confidence, try out new ideas and explore your career options.
Another advantage is that you will work on joint projects in tandem with our culinary arts, events management, spa management and tourism management students so that you can see how different professionals collaborate effectively within the industry.
You’ll be assessed in a number of ways including:
- individual written assignments; essays and reports
- practical assessments
- group or individual oral presentations
- industry case studies
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||48 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - PPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Throughout your studies towards the FdA International Hospitality Management, you will have the chance to explore and experience many different elements of this diverse and vibrant industry. It will help you make well informed decisions about your future career direction.
Thanks to our innovative approach to real-world learning, you will build an impressive portfolio of employability skills. They will stand you in good stead for roles such as food and beverage or event supervisor, front office or housekeeping supervisor, assistant restaurant manager, graduate trainee hotel manager, sales executive, licensed retail manager or contract catering specialist.
Our graduates are now succeeding in management roles in settings such as international hotel chains, five-star luxury resorts, consultancy firms and the retail industry. Some have drawn on the entrepreneurial skills they gained during their studies to launch their own hospitality enterprises, including a gastropub and craft brewery, an off-site catering venture and a celebration cake making business.
Take your learning to the next level
The FdA International Hospitality Management offers a solid platform for you to gain an honours degree with just one additional year of study. Providing you achieve a merit or distinction profile at Level 5, you can advance directly to the final stage of our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management.
With the honours degree under your belt, you can also consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc International Hospitality Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research. Some of our graduates gain industry experience before returning to study at postgraduate level as part of their career development.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking, CV writing and effective use of social media.
This support continues once you’ve graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University. This includes signposting towards internships which you can undertake on completion of your degree and which often lead to job offers.
You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals.
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