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Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

International Tourism Management with Social Responsibility

International Tourism Management with Social Responsibility

International Scholarships available

Overview

Gain a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities within travel and tourism including ethical, environmental and legal considerations. This course will prepare you to play a leading role in steering the sector towards a more responsible future.

A focus on sustainability will be embedded throughout this course as you explore complex topics such as climate change, economic impacts, cultural encounters, and the responsibility of tourism managers, stakeholders and destinations to create a greener industry that has a more positive impact on the planet.

Using case studies which draw on recent events, such as the industry’s response to the refugee crisis and plastic pollution, you will look at how certain mechanisms within tourism, including activism, protest, consumer boycotts and political lobbying, are used to drive social change.

You will study aspects of globalisation and how governing bodies, tourism businesses, travellers and host communities influence tourism in the Global South. You will explore and debate whether tourism is a force for good or whether it could be seen as a challenging industry.

By gaining a deep knowledge about tourism, social and economic power, inequality and notions of responsibility and management, this course will enable you to become a highly skilled, critically informed and dynamic graduate capable of excelling in your chosen field of work or study within international tourism management.

AN ITT RECOGNISED UNIVERSITY:

You will be taught by tourism experts who disseminate their research via articles, books and international conferences.

You will benefit from our close links with the sector, including industry visits and regular opportunities to discuss current management challenges with guest speakers. We are a member of many major industry associations, including The Tourism Management Institute, The Institute of Travel and Tourism, and have been awarded TedQual certification (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) for our postgraduate course in responsible tourism management. Our partnership with ABTA provides the opportunity for you to compete for an internship working with Travelife, the association’s key sustainability department.

An optional work placement and the chance to study abroad for a semester will offer you the knowledge and expertise that are in demand by travel and tourism employers.

UK CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

We were the first UK university to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Tourism by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).  The ITT is the largest professional membership body for the UK travel and tourism industry. Our relationship with them and the recognition they have given us will create opportunities for you to raise your profile, take advantage of networking opportunities with key players in the sector and to enhance your CV and future career prospects.

STUDY ABROAD AND VOLUNTEERING

We offer study abroad opportunities at any one of our partner universities in Australia, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and the USA. There may also be opportunities to go on an international volunteering programme and work on local economic and community development projects in The Gambia, Thailand, India, USA, Sri Lanka or Mexico.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Study abroad option
  • Access to guest lectures
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Industry links
  • Industry expertise
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Centre of Excellence for Tourism (ITT)
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Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Our commitment to help every student succeed:

Leeds Beckett University is committed to ensuring that every student with the potential to succeed at our University is able to do so regardless of their background. For this reason we operate a contextual admissions policy, which means we take into account a range of additional factors when we assess a student’s application. Applicants who meet at least one of our contextual admissions criteria will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points than our published tariff (above).

Our contextual admissions criteria are: 

  • Home postcode is in an area where few people go to University (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 area. This can be checked on the Office for Students website)
  • Declared disability on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)
  • Over the age of 21 on the 1st of September before the course starts
  • Declared as a care leaver on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)
Our place as an Anchor Institution:

Leeds Beckett University is in the top 10 universities nationwide for being representative of our local community. To further strengthen our position as a key provider of education and training for West Yorkshire we apply an Anchor Institution Policy in our admissions process. Students who apply to us from any of the five Local Authority areas in West Yorkshire (BD, HD, HX, LS, WF) will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points.

Mature Applicants:

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

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Careers

Teaching and learning

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Core Modules

Develop your knowledge and critical thinking of the key components of tourism as a social phenomenon and as a field of study. You will have the opportunity to relate to the proposed topics and reflect on them from a personal experiential point of view.

Advance your understanding of how culture and ethics influence tourism encounters, by exploring the complexities of inter-relationships between tourists, residents and those working in the industry.

Gain a comprehensive introduction to the wide-ranging and inter-related elements that make up the contemporary, global tourism industry. You will appreciate the structure of the industry itself and the complex interactions that occur within the tourism sector. Using contemporary cases from industry, you will explore the nature of this mutual dependency, combined with the operating characteristics and challenges facing each distinct sub-sector of the industry.

Understand the roles and functions of management and employees, the idea that management and employees may view organisations from different perspectives and that this in turn is informed by the organisational context.

Gain an insight into the fundamental principles of marketing and how these are used to communicate the tourism experience to different audiences or market segments. You will explore marketing from the perspective of commercial providers and from destination marketing organisations, and gain an appreciation of how effective marketing communications can be in influencing consumer decision-making.

Explore the key concepts associated with tourism experiences through analysis and evaluation. You will be able to identify a wide range of tourism experiences based on your design and delivery aspects, as well as based on interests and expectations from different tourist classifications.

Core Modules
Sustainable Tourism in Context

Critically appraise the planning, development and management of international tourism destinations. You will develop your expertise to understand and analyse the social, political, economic, and environmental contexts within which destination management takes place at international and national, regional and local levels.

Build on your knowledge of destination management, trends and the tourism industry from year one. You will gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship, innovation, business planning and operations within the tourism industry, through entrepreneurial practice within a destination.

Gain a deeper understanding of operational management and business planning within the tourism industry, through the creation of an internationally located holiday product.

Advance your understanding of market research, academic research and consultancy projects in tourism. You will focus on research processes, project management and time management.

Communities & Tourism

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Core Modules

Initiate, plan, research, sustain and evaluate an extended piece of independent intellectual work based on individual initiative.

Develop your knowledge and application of the theory and practice of consultancy work within the tourism industry. Working in teams and using a problem solving approach, you will tackle issues faced by external clients.

Stimulate your analytical and creative approach so you are capable of thinking strategically and able to generate and evaluate multiple solutions to the complex challenges of the contemporary tourism industry. Using a series of strategic management tools, you will develop a critical understanding of your responsibility as future leaders within the organisational level decision-making process.

Gain a comprehensive and critical set of insights into tourism in emerging economies in the global South. You will advance your knowledge in concepts of ethics, sustainability and responsibility that are embedded throughout the course underpinned by the idea of Responsible Tourism.

Tourism & Social Change

Dr Elisa Burrai
Dr Elisa Burrai
Senior Lecturer
Prior to joining the school in 2014, Elisa gained degrees in modern languages and in tourism management from her native Italy. Her PhD research on volunteer tourism in Peru was undertaken at this university. Her research interests focus on sustainability, tourism in developing contexts, community development, empowerment and poverty reduction. She has published widely and, based on her expertise, was recently (August 2019) quoted in the Guardian newspaper.
Knowing about different cultures and places has always been my passion. I believe tourism can remove racial, cultural and social barriers in an increasingly divided and unequal world. My teaching encourages students to think critically about the many possibilities of rethinking and doing tourism.
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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Sandwich Year

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Residential experience
    (Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be provided.)
  • Access to guest lecture programme

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Study abroad option
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Local and international field trips
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Institute of Travel & Tourism membership
    (Student membership costs £30 per year.)
  • Tourism Management Institute membership
    (£10 plus VAT for student membership for one year for TMI recognised courses.)
  • Replacement DBS Certificate
    (Should you need a DBS certificate for your placement and you lose your original, you will be charged £44 for a replacement.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Sandwich Year

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Residential experience
    (Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be provided.)
  • Access to guest lecture programme

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Study abroad option
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Local and international field trips
    (Cost will depend on location.)
  • Institute of Travel & Tourism membership
    (Student membership costs £30 per year.)
  • Tourism Management Institute membership
    (£10 plus VAT for student membership for one year for TMI recognised courses.)
  • Replacement DBS Certificate
    (Should you need a DBS certificate for your placement and you lose your original, you will be charged £44 for a replacement.)

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

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