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University College Birmingham

Hospitality and Tourism Management Top-up

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Variable | 2020

Subject

International hospitality management

**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.

Modules

- 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
- Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
- 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 methods

- **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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

College of Food - BA/BSc

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
International hospitality management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

52%
UK students
48%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Secretarial and related occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

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