Travel and Tourism Management BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

N800

About the course

Did you know that more than one billion people take an international trip every year? And that number is increasing. It’s no wonder that tourism is one of the biggest industries there is! Our course can give you the chance to gain the knowledge and skills to work in this fascinating and rewarding sector.

All of us look forward to our travels but we don’t often think about what goes on behind the scenes, the processes, systems and activities that mean we are able to travel and to enjoy ourselves while we’re away from home.

This course will give you an introduction to the tourism sector that could stand you in good stead when you go on to a career in the industry. We’ll look at the issues affecting tour operators, travel agencies, online retailers, accommodation providers, visitor attractions and tourist boards.

During the course you’ll have the chance to learn the fundamentals of successful business through the lens of tourism. You will develop your skills through a combination of research, practical experience and shared academic and industry knowledge. We’ll start by looking at business-related skills before applying them to all areas of the travel and tourism sector.

In your second year we’ll look at marketing and human resource management in more detail.You’ll have the chance to apply the principles you’ve learnt if you go on a placement in your third year. Previous students have taken placements with Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut), Sandals (Antigua), Ovolo Group (Hong Kong), PMG Asia (Singapore), Leger Holidays, Golf Breaks, Country Club of Darien (USA), White Lodgings (USA) and Intercontinental Hotel (Bangkok).

In your final year you’ll take a more strategic approach and deal with issues related to sustainability. While you study you’ll have the chance to specialise in languages, air or land passenger transport as your interests develop.

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world and offers a wealth of opportunities for a well-qualified graduate. During our course, you will discover why people travel, where they travel to, what they do when they get there, and how a whole host of business activities support them throughout the process.

The placement year offers the chance to work for organisations in the UK which develop, promote and service tourist activities which contribute directly to the economy and employment of the country. Alternatively, you may opt to apply to work overseas for a year in countries such as USA, Spain, Antigua and Greece. Whichever option you take, you will be engaged in an industry that is fast moving, forever changing, and able to respond effectively to challenging external factors, such as climate change and political uncertainty. It requires people with good communication and problem solving skills, and above all, a desire to develop products and services for an increasingly demanding and divergent tourist market.

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Adam Dennett, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Fundamentals of Tourism

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and principles relating to the study of tourism and the tourist industry. The nature of tourism will be explored through an analysis of definitions, trends, market characteristics, determinants and motivations, product development, and an outline of the main industry sectors. The development of tourism will be analysed in the context of its history, macro-environment and the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that it imparts. Principles of sustainable tourism development will be introduced.

Business Skills

This module will help you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. Lectures, workshops and tutorials will help you to develop and practice your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork and research skills. ICT skills will be enhanced through the delivery of workshops and competence testing. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the ability to choose, use and manage appropriate mathematical, statistical and ICT systems and techniques to produce and disseminate meaningful management information. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation. A weekend residential field trip in the first term will focus on team-building skills.

Economics and Marketing

One half of the module provides an introduction to the principles of micro-economics. You’ll particularly focus on applications in logistics, supply chain management, air transport and transport. The other half of the module introduces key principles of strategic and operational marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and theories underpinning marketing practice and its application in the sectors mentioned above.

Commercial Management

This module introduces you to financial and commercial management, helping to build your understanding of this vital area of business management and helping to support you in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of financial statements and how these are used to appraise the performance of a business and you’ll explore the use of information for business control and management decision making.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

Transport: Challenges and Issues

This introductory module provides a perspective on a wide range of policy-related topics focusing on the transportation of people (primarily) and the transportation of goods (secondary). It provides a foundation for more in-depth study at later stages.

Sports Leisure and Recreation Management

You will be required to be well informed of current affairs that affect the Sports, Leisure and Recreation industry and related sectors of the industry. This module will help provide you with the basic understanding of the historical development and the growing inter-relationships of the sport, leisure and recreation sectors. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of the sectors and the demand generating sources attached to their development. Current and future trends in participation rates within these areas will also be included to allow you to identify future potential opportunities for the industry.

Introduction to Air Transport

This module gives you an overview of the different players in air transport (e.g. airlines, airports, air traffic control, airline catering). Furthermore it helps provide you with the fundamental concepts of air law, government policy and environmental aspects of air transport. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research in groups on different airlines and present them to your peers.

Organisations and People

The module will introduce you to the characteristics of organisations and explore how they operate and what influences them. The structures, operations and management aspects of organisations will be analysed. The specific behaviour of people at work will also be examined in order to understand their motivations. Whilst some of the theories of management styles will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills with regard to key business activities.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment will include individual and group assignments, reports, essays, fieldwork, student portfolios, examinations and a dissertation.

21% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Dominica describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut), Sandals (Antigua), Ovolo Group (Hong Kong), PMG Asia (Singapore), Leger Holidays, Golf Breaks, Country Club of Darien (USA), White Lodgings (USA) and Quinteassential.

The highlight of my degree has definitely been my placement year. It really helped me in my studies and I developed as an individual. I now understand all the theory I have been taught in my lectures and know how to put it into practice.

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Anastazja Pawlus, Travel and Tourism

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Marketing & Sales Assistant, Marketing Assistant and Travel Agent in organisations including Age UK, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Travel by Inspire or the Graduate Development Programme with Principal Hotels.**

*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn

90% Graduates employed from this course*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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