University College Birmingham

International Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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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?

  • Our course isn't just about being in the classroom - as part of your studies, you will travel abroad for an overseas residential trip as well as participating in fieldwork study.

  • We offer a range of optional modules to encourage you to develop a specialism relevant to your future career, including areas such as festivals and events or financial strategy.

  • You will also have the opportunity to examine contemporary industry trends in the form of your own international research project, examining the wider issues in hospitality and tourism within a global environment.

  • UCB is an ITT Centre of Excellence and a leading provider of innovative courses with a national and international reputation. The content of this course is also benchmarked against the Institute of Hospitality's Management Standards, providing you with professional recognition when you graduate.

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 hired@UCB 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

  • Teaching - Full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:-

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 7 hours of teaching in smaller groups discussing topics relevant to the modules. This will also include computer-based activities.
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for lectures and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • Teaching - Part-time route

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
  • Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.


The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time routes and is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, with a variety of assessment methods used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and industry based assignments.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 58%
  • Practical Assessment - 34%
  • Written Examination - 8%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff The entry criteria at UCB can be met using a Level 5 qualification usually a relevant HND of Foundation degree.

Applicants will need to achieve 240 Credits for entrance at UCB.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/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 Test BA/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

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 2019/20, 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 -

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