University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

International Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Hospitality and tourism are vast, global and dynamic sectors which are constantly developing and expanding. UCB's International Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up course is an intensive one-year programme designed to sharpen your business skills for a career in these fast-moving industries. Our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's top academic institutions - as well as the Institute of Hospitality, while UCB is also recognised as an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, providing our students with high-level expertise and professional recognition. Who’s the course for? If you want to pursue a career in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and you already have a relevant foundation degree or HND (or equivalent), this course is ideal for you. Why should I study the course?

  • RESIDENTIAL VISIT – Gain insight into the international hospitality and tourism industries by going on an overseas residential visit, with essential trip costs covered by the University
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Learn at an ITT Centre of Excellence and gain professional recognition with a degree accredited by the Institute of Hospitality
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Customise your learning with a choice of optional modules, covering areas such as financial strategy or festivals and events
Great. Tell me some more At UCB, we encourage our students to seek as much industry experience and exposure as possible throughout your studies, and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of paid and voluntary work opportunities. We have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality and tourism sectors, and our [email protected] employability team will assist you in finding relevant work to support your future career plans. What skills will I gain? You will develop essential business skills and gain knowledge of business administration in the context of the international hospitality and tourism industries, as well as learning how businesses in these sectors work together. You will take a strategic look at the future of these industries and discover how to plan and develop a business that responds successfully to change. You will be trained in specific areas such as corporate strategy and destination management, while our variety of optional modules will allow you to develop further specialist knowledge and skills. In completing your research project, you will have a great opportunity to demonstrate your independent learning skills and develop expertise relevant to the industry that will boost your future employability. What about the future? This course will open the doors for you to enter not only a career in the international hospitality and tourism industry, but also any career that requires a business and management qualification. Our graduates have also gone on to start their own events, catering or hospitality businesses. Potential pathways open to you include working in:
  • Hospitality and tourism planning
  • Marketing
  • Tourist attractions management
  • Conference and exhibition management
  • Events management
  • Travel services management
You can also progress onto postgraduate level study, including courses at UCB such as MSc International Hospitality Management, MSc/PGDip International Tourism Management or MSc/PGDip Hospitality with Tourism Management.

Course details


  • Corporate Strategy for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Destination Management
  • Global Marketing Solutions
  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • International Research Project
Plus one option from:
  • Financial Strategy
  • Festivals and Events Tourism
  • Cross-cultural and Global Management in Hospitality
- Innovation and Creativity Management in Hospitality and Tourism

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 9 hours
  • Practical kitchen session – up to 3 hours in first year
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
  • Subject advice sessions – 1 hour
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course (weighting will vary in Year 3 and 4 depending on optional modules):
  • Coursework – 80%
  • Practical assessment – 10%
  • Written examinations – 10%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected] EU/international students Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer) If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email EU: [email protected] International: [email protected]

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
International Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up at University College Birmingham - UCAS