University College Birmingham

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


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Course snapshot

Hospitality is becoming increasingly focused on working with the tourism industry to cater for international visitors, so managers with knowledge of both sectors are in great demand in the UK and abroad. UCB's Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up course will enable you to help meet this demand by giving you the essential skills and knowledge for a variety of sought-after careers in the sector. 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?

This course is ideal for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is interested in a career in areas such as resort management, travel consultancy, tourist attractions or hotel management.

Why should I study the course?

  • As part of our course, you will go on an overseas residential trip, where you will take part in a tailored destination management field study to develop your skills and knowledge.

  • The course offers a wide range of optional modules to allow you to develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career, including areas such as anthropology of tourism, innovation and creativity management, and festivals and events tourism.

  • You will also undertake a research project, allowing you to choose a specific area of the industry that interests you for in-depth 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

Over the years, UCB has developed close working relationships throughout hospitality and tourism in the UK, the USA, Canada and elsewhere. Previous destinations for the course residential trip have included New York, Copenhagen and Athens.

UCB has two award-winning restaurants - the Atrium and the Brasserie - which provide our students with the opportunity to gain valuable working experience 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 and tourism 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?

By taking this top-up, you will continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the hospitality industry.

You will gain an understanding of the wider scope of hospitality and tourism and how the two industries work together.

You will fine-tune your key business skills, including finance, human resources and marketing.

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?

Upon completing this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the industry such as hotel, resort and event management organisations, specialising in areas including human resources, marketing, public relations and financial management.

Potential career pathways open to you also include:

  • Attractions management

  • Conference and exhibition management

  • Tour operations

  • Travel consultancy

  • Resort management

Alternatively you can also progress to postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as MSc/PGDip Hospitality with Tourism Management or MA/PGDip Marketing Management for Events, Hospitality and Tourism.

Course details


  • Strategic Hospitality Management
  • International Destination Management
  • Hospitality Operations Management

Choose one option from:

  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Plus one option from:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Dark and Thanatourism Management
  • Global Marketing Solutions
  • Hospitality Crisis Strategy
  • Festivals and Events Tourism
  • 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, and in a typical week you will have up to 19 contact hours of teaching made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 8 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 6 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
  • Field trips and visits - One field study of 40 hours

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 - 68%
  • Practical assessment - 24%
  • 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.

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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 -

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