University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

International Hospitality Business Management with Professional Placement

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Our International Hospitality Business Management foundation degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to work at management level in world-class hotels, country clubs, theme parks, leisure centres, exhibition venues and catering services. Year 2 is a work placement year, when you will be able to put your theoretical learning into practice and boost your future job opportunities. We will offer you plenty of support to find the right placement. Who’s the course for? If you are good with people, business-minded and hard-working, a career in hospitality business management is a great option. Why should I study the course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Gain a wealth of industry experience on a paid 12-month placement, with opportunities available throughout the UK, Europe and around the globe
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Choose from a range of optional modules to suit your career aims, from Gastronomy to Sustainability or Events Planning
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your hospitality training into practice by working in our award-winning restaurants on campus
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Our course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, giving you additional professional recognition when you graduate
Great. Tell me some more You will gain valuable work experience on a 12-month work placement, allowing you to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector in the UK and internationally, including the USA and Canada. Our [email protected] team will assist you in finding a paid placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans. Specialist technical modules will enable you to take advantage of UCB’s unparalleled hospitality restaurant facilities and supported work placement network. The course has an international focus, which means you will be able to apply what you learn to overseas organisations. You will be encouraged to develop an industry specialism such as gastronomy or managing pub operations. What skills will I gain? You will be exposed to the wide range of the hospitality sector and learn how to apply key business skills such as managing people, marketing and finance within an industry context. Your 12-month placement will develop your management skills and apply financial, marketing and human resource management theory to the hospitality environment. You will also learn how to balance the logistics of running a profitable hospitality business with meeting the high service expectations of your customers. What about the future? The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of jobs in business hospitality management, specialising in areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management and operations management. You could also opt to move onto the BA (Hons) course on successful completion of your studies Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:
  • Conference and exhibition management
  • Hotel management
  • Food services management
  • Resort and property management
  • Travel services

Course details



  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism Business Principles
  • People and Organisations
  • Rooms Division Systems
  • The Hospitality and Tourism Customer Experience
  • Employability Enhancement
YEAR 2 Work Placement YEAR 3
  • Hospitality Investigations
  • Human Resources for Hospitality Managers
  • Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • Marketing Communications for Hospitality
  • Operational Finance for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Rooms Revenue Management
Plus one option from:
  • Gastronomy
  • Events Planning
  • Managing Pub and Bar Operations
  • Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Events
- Training and Development Skills for Managers

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 18 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 7 hours
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
  • Subject advice sessions – 2 hours
  • Industrial placement tutorial – 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:
  • Coursework – 58%
  • Practical assessment – 34%
  • Written examination – 8%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Hospitality, Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, 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 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 Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
International Hospitality Business Management with Professional Placement at University College Birmingham - UCAS