University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Hospitality and Tourism Management with Professional Placement

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Course summary

OVERVIEW If you aspire to manage tourist attractions, hotels and resorts, or if you want to work in travel consultancy, our Hospitality and Tourism Management foundation degree course can open the door for you to enter a variety of sought-after careers in these sectors. As the hospitality industry increasingly focuses on international visitors and partnering with the tourism industry, there is a huge demand in the UK and overseas for managers who understand both sectors and know how to tailor hospitality services for visitors from around the world. Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, our course will give you a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for the industry before putting your learning into practice in the real world on a 12-month paid work placement, with exciting opportunities in the UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and elsewhere. This hospitality and tourism course will help you start forging your career through studying a range of specialist subjects. Studying at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, you will have further opportunities to hone your hospitality management skills on campus in our award-winning restaurant facilities. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placement – Arm yourself with invaluable work experience through a 12-month paid work placement, with opportunities to work across the globe
  • Specialise your studies – Develop specialist knowledge through a wide range of optional modules including pub operations and sustainability
  • Industry approved – Study at an ITT Centre of Excellence and gain professional recognition with a qualification accredited by the Institute of Hospitality
  • Team Scotland Partnership – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes
FACILITIES University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food and hospitality training facilities. Our award-winning restaurant on campus – Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food – is open to the public and will arm you with hands-on skills from serving fast food to silver service. Students on our tourism courses also have access to our Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring state-of-the-art facilities including a mock plane cabin, check in areas, a working security gate and the Galileo GDS system. ACCREDITATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, while University College Birmingham is a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism Centre of Excellence. PLACEMENTS Our course features a paid 12-month work placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. Employers we have worked with include The Sea Pines Resort (South Carolina), Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (South Carolina), Ritz Carlton (Naples, Florida and Colorado), The Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut), Wequassett (Cape Cod, Massachusetts), The Savoy (London), The Peninsula (Hong Kong), Andrew Brownsword Hotels (whole collection), Fairmont St Andrews (Scotland), Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa (Ireland) and Ashford Castle (Ireland). CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Tourism officer
  • Tour manager
  • Conference centre manager
  • Theme park manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Tourist information centre manager
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course

Course details



  • Food, Beverage and Accommodation Applications
  • Hospitality and Tourism Business Principles
  • People and Organisations
  • Employability Enhancement
  • The Hospitality and Tourism Customer Experience
  • Travel Geography
YEAR 2 Work Placement YEAR 3
  • People Management for Hospitality Managers
  • International Travel Operations
  • Marketing Communications for Hospitality
  • Operational Finance for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Rooms Revenue Management
  • Hospitality Investigations
Plus one option from:
  • Gastronomy
  • Events Planning
  • Managing Pub and Bar Operations
  • Training and Development Skills for Managers
  • Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Events
- Social Media in Festivals and Events

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 68%
  • Practical assessment – 24%
  • Written examination – 8%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Professional bodies

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

  • Hospitality, Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

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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

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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 -
Hospitality and Tourism Management with Professional Placement at University College Birmingham - UCAS