Go far as a future leader in the tourism industry. Our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management with Foundation Year opens up a whole world of career destinations for you.
- Combine high-level management skills with a strong understanding of global tourism in the 21st century
- Be inspired by our exciting industry links: our networks include leading names like the National Trust, Chatsworth House and Disney
- See tourism management in action through fieldtrips in the UK and overseas
- Learn from experts with wide-ranging experience in the industry and an international profile for research
- Reach high professional standards on a course recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI)
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates
- January start is available for stage 3 entry only
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and hospitality management practice. You ca be assured of our full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
You will gain a solid foundation of applied managerial skills in the context of the tourism industry. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, research and applied practice sessions.
The course features a wide range of work-related learning such as guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
The industrial placement which forms part of the four-year course is structured, relevant and designed to improve your academic performance as well as boosting your employability. Our dedicated and well connected placement team will help you find just the right position to match your career aspirations and professional interests.
Research-based enquiry is a cornerstone of this course. You will engage with industry, the local community and teaching staff to produce valuable findings for the benefit of the sector.
In your final year, this culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice. Many students draw on their work-related learning experience for their dissertation. Recent examples include marketing for Guernsey Tourism and supporting a rural tourism initiative at Cornwall’s Eden Project.
Expertise to inspire you
You will be taught by enthusiastic and supportive tutors with extensive experience and contacts within the industry as well as a strong record for influential academic research. Their interests span subjects such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, the psychology of the visitor experience, e-tourism and rural regeneration through tourism.
The team has undertaken investigations into issues as diverse as attitudes to disabled tourists and how to cultivate street art to improve the tourist offer in cities.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- 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.
As a BA (Hons) International Tourism Management graduate, you will set yourself apart as a highly employable, dynamic and confident professional.
You can demonstrate to employers that you have high-level management skills and valuable hands-on experience within the industry. Your analytical and research capabilities will also stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.
Graduate success stories
International employers have major input into our courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates. You could pursue a variety of careers in tourism and related service industries, across the UK and overseas. Our graduates have secured management positions with national tourist offices, tour operators, hotels, conference venues, visitor destinations and local government.
Because we place an emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking, some graduates go on to set up their own businesses. One example is former student Caroline Ralston who established the first and only bespoke marriage proposal planning service in the United Arab Emirates.
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.
The 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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.