Stimulating and innovative, the FdA International Tourism Management enables you to work closely with industry alongside your academic studies.
A degree which really takes you places
We will equip you for career success in one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. The travel and tourism industry now supports 1 in 11 jobs on the planet, with international employers increasingly seeking graduates who have strong practical and professional skills to match their academic knowledge.
The course enables you to take what you learn in the classroom and put it into practice in the workplace. You will explore all aspects of how 21st century tourism destinations are managed, covering everything from customer service, marketing and communication to business development and leadership.
Flexibility is a hallmark of our FdA International Tourism Management. At the end of the two years, you can choose to leave with a highly regarded qualification or – if you have a minimum of a merit profile – you can advance to the final stage of our acclaimed BA (Hons) International Tourism Management.
Meaningful and relevant work experience
Work experience looks great on your CV and will form a crucial element of your studies. The course features two industry placements with professional mentoring to boost your employability and broaden your career prospects.
Typical placements are with organisations such as Tourist Information Centres, Buxton Museum, the National Trust, the YMCA, Cromford Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site and East Midlands Airport. You could also choose to undertake voluntary duties with tourist attractions on a weekly basis throughout the academic year: our students often start as volunteers and progress to paid roles.
We can support you to undertake overseas placements during your summer vacation too. Our students have secured opportunities to work at Universal Studies in Florida, on community-based tourism projects in Malta, and as overseas representatives with companies such as Thomas Cook and Thomson (Tui).
Immerse yourself in a real tourist hotspot
Buxton is a magnet for 1.4 million tourists each year. Surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Peak District National Park, it has a rich history as a spa town, magnificent architecture and a wealth of visitor and cultural attractions. It is a living, breathing case study of tourism development – and the perfect location to launch your career plans.
Our own campus is among Buxton’s most iconic landmarks. You will study in our grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, a superb example of heritage regeneration. As part of your course, you will help to enhance the visitor experience for the many people who flock to the Dome – running guided tours, using latest technology to interpret its history, developing showcase displays and helping promote it as a venue for prestige events.
Powerful industry alliances
We are justifiably proud of our collaborations with tourism employers. Our partnerships across the public, private and voluntary sectors are your gateway to placement and internship opportunities, insight visits, guest lectures and real-world projects.
We liaise closely with organisations such as Visit Peak District, the National Trust, Natural England, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Tourist Information Centres. We have also forged links with the likes of Disney, Lowes Hotels, Historic Environment Scotland, Great Days Travel, STA Travel and the Youth Hotels Association – to name but a few.
Regular employer engagement and networking events bring some of the industry’s leading figure to our campus so you can expand your contacts book. In just one example, 20 students took part in our 2017 Monarch Mock Assessment Day and got to grips with challenges such as designing their own city and beach holidays. As a result of this experience, some students secured paid summer placements with Monarch.
Fieldtrips to inspire you
You will have the opportunity to visit a range of tourism service providers – from airports and adventure parks to museums, galleries and stately homes. Various fieldtrips are included in the fees for your course.
Recent examples include a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Lyme Park to explore how it is run by the National Trust; a look at some of the landmark visitor attractions in Edinburgh; and a trip to Berlin taking in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and the Eastside Gallery connected to the Berlin Wall.
Another highlight was a visit to the Monarch Operations Centre at Manchester Airport. Through a new alliance with Alton Towers, students will also have the chance to tour the accommodation and see the hotel booking systems in action.
With Buxton rapidly becoming known as the festival capital of England, there are countless opportunities for you to get involved with high-profile events and build the operational skills you need for a successful career.
Research that makes a difference
Research skills will be a significant part of your work towards the FdA International Tourism Management. You will investigate challenges within the industry, analyse data, communicate your findings and devise action plans for the future.
Examples include mystery shopper exercises and surveys to capture the visitor experience. Our students have, for instance, worked with Buxton Museum to test its digital trails tours and have contributed to a professional audit which is helping the Victorian resort of Matlock Bath to revitalise its image.
A current research project focuses on the restoration of Buxton’s Georgian Crescent as the Peak District’s first five-star thermal spa and wellness hotel, set to open in 2018. Students are charting the views and expectations of tourists visiting the town.
Flourishing professional networks
Your qualification will carry a high degree of professional credibility. The course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), reflecting our rigorous academic standards and the relevance of our teaching.
We are a corporate member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS). We also have strong links with the UN’s World Tourism Organisation.
When you join us, you automatically become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality network. This gives you access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.
The FdA International Tourism Management places a strong emphasis on ‘learning by doing’. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops and applied practice sessions, but much of the course centres on work-related learning.
You will develop your professional skills through bespoke work placements plus access to guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions and challenges.
Live projects give you the chance to work to briefs set by employers, including fascinating research initiatives which provide new knowledge for the industry.
You’ll be assessed in a number of ways including:
- action plans
- multi-media/oral/visual presentations
- case studies
- work-based projects
- audit tools
- poster presentations
- reflective essays
- Personal Development Planning (PDP) portfolios
- interviews and performance reviews
The FdA International Tourism Management is your passport to a fulfilling career anywhere in the world. Because the course combines supervisory and management skills with valuable hands-on experience within the industry, you will have a strong competitive edge in the graduate job market.
International employers have major input into our tourism courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates. Our students have secured supervisory and management positions with national tourist offices, tour operators, hotels, conference venues, visitor destinations and local government.
Take your learning to the next level
The FdA also provides a firm foundation for you to gain an honours degree with one additional year of study. Providing you achieve a merit or distinction profile at Level 5, you can progress directly to the final stage of our BA (Hons) International Tourism Management. Every student in our first FdA cohort applied to top up their foundation degree qualification to a full honours degree in this way.
Once you have achieved your honours degree, you could consider a postgraduate course, including our own MSc Tourism Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research.
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.
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