Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course is designed for those wishing to enhance their business skills, while learning about the dynamics of the tourism industry, one of the world's most entrepreneurial and sustainable economic sectors. We are seeking students who have demonstrated ability, potential and self-motivation, and have a genuine interest in learning about the tourism industry and the challenges of this fascinating sector.

The course will develop your business management acumen and focus on key themes such as information and management systems, financial analysis, and marketing. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The course focuses on the business of tourism – its role in post-industrial economies, the business inter-relationships between destinations, modes of travel, hotels and visitor attractions, and the crucial role of marketing and management in successful tourism enterprises.

We have close links with partner universities in Australia, the USA and Malta, and the course takes an international perspective, including a field trip in each year of study.

The course is modular, comprising core and option modules, with ever greater module choice as you progress through the course. This enables you to specialise and create your own course pathways. Learning and teaching takes place in a number of ways, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, private study, individual and group project work, and field trips and study visits. Assessment includes unseen examinations and tests, presentations, individual essays, coursework, and individual and team projects. 

Course structure

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • Fundamental Accounting and Finance
  • Global Business Environment
  • Hospitality in Tourism and Events
  • Language
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Strategic Planning for Tourism
  • Study Skills and Employability
  • Tourism Development
  • Understanding Events
  • Understanding Tourism
  • The Business of Sport
  • Creating and Managing an online presence

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Destinations
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Language
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Marketing Tourism and Events
  • Sports Tourism
  • The Airline Industry
  • The Research Process
  • Tourism Experience

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Cities of Consumption
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Cultural Differences and People Management
  • Delivering Award and Reward Events
  • Dissertation
  • Employability for Tourism and Events
  • Event Technology
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Language
  • Managing Airports
  • Mega-Events and Urban Regeneration
  • Responsible Tourism in the Developing World
  • The Politics of Tourism
  • Tourism and the Mediterranean: Comparative Study

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – BBB 
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points 
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, plus at least grade C in Maths and English GCSEs

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points 

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Careers

All of our students, no matter which tourism course they take, come away with a good grounding in tourism from a theoretical and practical perspective. We take a policy-orientated approach, drawing on issues of strategy and planning, which means they are well-suited to work in planning and strategic roles in their future careers. Students on the Tourism with Business BA gain more grounding in accounting, finance and HR and are therefore better placed to work in the corporate world.

Specific examples of where our graduates have found work include:

  • Transport: British Airways, Japan Airlines, cruise companies
  • Hotels: Edwardian, Marriott, Hilton, Melia, Four Seasons
  • Destination management: Visit England, London & Partners, Hungarian Tourist Board, Croatia Tourist Board
  • Events agencies: Reed, UBM, marketing departments of large corporations
  • Events venues: Excel and other venues, Royal Society for Medicine
  • Travel agencies and tour operators: TUI, TripAdvisor, Cosmos, Hotelbeds
  • Started own business
  • Tourist attractions: Kew Gardens, National Trust
  • Further study (Master’s and PhDs)

Students can choose option modules that include work placements.

Many of our staff have previously worked in tourism or events, or are still active in the industry (working part-time with us, and part-time in their own businesses). We have a well-established network of professional links throughout London, the UK and much further afield.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

What our students say

Tourism student Jana Ruckser smiling

Jana Ruckser

I really loved the subjects taught and the expertise of the faculty staff. Not only did we learn the ins and outs of modern tourism (and its historical background), the lectures were also versatile and the staff were not only lecturers, but people with a real tourism background who knew what they were talking about.

Tourism student Anita Sipos

Anita Sipos

The modules were carefully structured helping me to get the best possible knowledge about the travel industry. I appreciate and thank all my lecturers who have been a constant support and helped me to complete my studies successfully.

Tourism student Emanuela Peluso looking happy

Emanuela Peluso

One of the greatest advantages of studying at Westminster has been the opportunity to meet and mix with people from all over the world and establish a real international network of friends. I truly believe that the University of Westminster is a great place to study this subject because it gives you a real international feel.

Field trips

We believe that field trips can make a huge contribution to student learning and course enjoyment and we take full advantage of our superb location to make visits to London hotels, event venues, visitor attractions and cultural sites.

At undergraduate level students will be taken on one residential field trip each year:

  • In the first year we travel to a UK historic city to study issues such as visitor management, seasonality planning and festivals.
  • In the second year you will either travel to an event destination, or to a UK seaside resort to study issues such as beach management, conference and business tourism and the night-time economy.
  • In the third year we travel to a Mediterranean island to study issues such as market diversification and tourism impacts.

A group of students on a field trip

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