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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
Tourist attractions management
Conference and exhibition 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.
- 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
- 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)
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
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
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
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
|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
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|