University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

International Tourism Management

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Want to be part of an industry that has become a global phenomenon in the past 70 years? Tourism has become a vital sector to many economies, with international providers having to continuously reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the curve. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, our International Tourism Management foundation degree at University College Birmingham will provide you with the key skills to flourish in this competitive and evolving field. Studying at an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, you will have exciting opportunities for residential trips both in the UK and across the globe, taking on live consultancy projects for the industry. Who’s the course for? Whether you want to work in areas ranging from destination management organisations and tour operations to attractions and events organisations, this course is a great choice to help you realise your career aspirations. Why should I study this course?

  • RESIDENTIAL VISITS – Undertake tourism projects in the UK and overseas, with essential trip costs covered by the University – past destinations have ranged from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cyprus and Prague to New York, Toronto and The Gambia
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Gain expertise in a field related to your career aspirations through optional modules such as Attraction Management or Aviation Management
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Learn at an ITT Centre of Excellence and work on live and simulated industry projects in association with our professional networks
Great! Tell me more University College Birmingham offers outstanding simulation facilities for tourism students in our brand new Aviation and Tourism Suite. This features a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. What skills will I gain? You will learn how to analyse tourism trends and devise innovative, creative strategies to compete in the tourism marketplace. You will gain a deep understanding of the global tourism environment and the challenges the industry faces to be sustainable and profitable. Through working on live consultancy projects, you'll build experience putting your skills into practice, as well as a range of further professional and employability skills. What about the future? Upon completing this course, you will be able to move into a variety of areas in the international tourism industry, with career options in:
  • Tour operations
  • Destination management organisations
  • Tourism and digital marketing
  • Market research
  • Corporate press relations
  • Airlines
  • Project management
  • Travel account management
  • Hospitality
  • Other transport graduate recruitment schemes
Our past graduates have also gone on to work in corporate travel and events companies as well as travel journalism and media. Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.

Course details



  • Digital Tourism
  • Successful Tourism Destinations
  • Dynamic Tourism Environment
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Tourism Operations and Innovation
  • Sustainable Tourism Practices
  • Industry Live Project
Plus one option from:
  • Revenue and Performance Management
  • Attraction Management
- Aviation Management

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 – 4 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours
  • Tutorials – 3 hours
  • Academic and employability support – at least 2 hours
  • Industry speaker sessions and employer fairs
  • Field trips and visits
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 – 48%
  • Practical assessment – 52%
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.

  • Travel and Tourism, Institute of

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeN891
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level CD UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

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 £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 Tourism Management at University College Birmingham - UCAS