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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BA Tourism Management is a top-up degree for those with a HND in a tourism-related subject and is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in one of the most exciting global industries. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of national and international tourism management theory and strategies. You can tailor your degree to focus on areas that are related to your future career aspirations.  Guest speakers and engagement with partners from organisations including VisitScotland and People Make Glasgow help inform course content and support career progression. You will gain the knowledge and skills to help to shape the future of tourism. The course offers a comprehensive understanding of national and international tourism management, from theory and strategy to operational issues. You can tailor your degree to focus on areas that are related to your future career aspirations.  ADVANCED ENTRY OPTIONS Direct entry to Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) is the only entry point in this degree. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs UWS’s BA Tourism Management programme has been developed in partnership with some of the UK’s top employers – meaning you’ll learn the skills and knowledge they’re looking for in graduates. BA Tourism Management programmes have gone on to secure positions in hotels, venues, conference and convention facilities, visitor attractions as well as tourism marketing and research roles. Further Study Some graduates choose further study in Tourism/Events or general management, leading to a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) etc.


In Year 3, you will study specialised tourism modules including business events and tourism, tourism and sustainability and tourism, transport and mobility. You will also complete courses on managing people and marketing experiences. You will develop research skills and design a research project with a tourism management focus. You will also have the opportunity to select modules to suit your own area of interest. In your final year of study, you will focus on national and international tourism issues. You will study research theory, develop detailed knowledge of strategic concepts, policies and theories relevant to the tourism industry, explore how the tourism industry is adapting to sustainability and social responsibility on a national and international basis and the planning, management and impact of a range of international tourism issues. You will compete a dissertation on a tourism management topic of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules that strengthen your own area of interest and career aspirations.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.  There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.  Our Tourism Management degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:  // Written examinations // Coursework // Practical assessment // Reflective case study reports

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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