University College Birmingham

Hospitality Business Management Top-up University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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Course snapshot

The international hospitality industry offers a wide range of career possibilities for skilled managers. On UCB's Hospitality Business Management Top-up course, you'll continue to develop the skills and knowledge you need to flourish at management level in a wide variety of services and venues within this sector. Specialist technical modules will enable you to take advantage of our unparalleled hospitality restaurant facilities, while our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's leading academic institutions - as well as the Institute of Hospitality. 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?

Our course is designed for anyone who is interested in working at management level in areas such as world-class hotels, country clubs, theme parks, leisure centres, exhibition venues and catering services. If you're good with people, business-minded and hard-working, a career in hospitality business management is for you.

Why should I study the course?

  • To help prepare you for a successful career within the hospitality sector, our course features a range of optional modules which will encourage you to develop an industry specialism, such as digital marketing, human resources or small restaurant management.

  • The course has an international focus, meaning you'll be able to apply what you learn to overseas organisations as well as within the UK.

  • You will also undertake a research project, giving you the chance to focus on an area of the industry that interests you for in-depth independent study.

  • 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

UCB has two award-winning restaurants - the Atrium and the Brasserie - which provide our students with the opportunity to gain valuable working experience and relevant skills right on campus with a unique behind-the-scenes view of the catering and hospitality industry.

We have also developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector, giving you the opportunity to gain industry experience alongside your studies. Our hired@UCB employability team will assist you in finding work to support your future career plans.

What skills will I gain?

This course will give you a full understanding of strategic management issues encountered in developing organisations, including identifying long-term threats and opportunities, while you will also learn how to evaluate and apply management concepts and techniques to hospitality operations in an international context.

You will be able to develop your knowledge of how to apply key business skills such as managing people, marketing and finance within an industry context.

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?

Completing this course will enable you to move into working in a variety of fields within the hospitality industry, specialising in areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management and operations management.

You will be able to pursue a career in areas such as:

  • Hotel management

  • Conference and exhibition management

  • Food services management

  • Resort and property management

  • Travel services

You can also move into postgraduate level study, including courses at UCB such as MSc International Hospitality Management or MA/PGDip Marketing Management for Events, Hospitality and Tourism.

Course details


  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • Strategic Hospitality Management

Choose one option from:

  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Plus two options from:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Small Restaurant Management
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • International Marketing
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Cross-cultural and Global Management in Hospitality
  • Innovation and Creativity Management in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Retail
  • Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills

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)
  • Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week
  • Industrial placement tutorial - 1 hour

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.

  • Assessment

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.

Professional bodies

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

  • Travel and Tourism, Institute of
  • Hospitality, Institute of

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

- **Transferring from another university** At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. - **What do I need to do?** To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> **** Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

If you have any queries, please email:

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English language requirements

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 -

Provider information

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