[Skip to content]
To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video
International Tourism Management
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

International Tourism Management

UK Centre of Excellence for Tourism.
International Scholarships available

Overview

The international tourism industry is booming. It is constantly expanding to cater for the needs of the traveller and their desire to go further more frequently and sustainably. This dynamic course will keep you up to date with emerging trends and global issues, providing you with the experience and skills required to enter the industry at a professional level.

By gaining an appreciation of other cultures you will be both aware and sensitive to the positive and negative impacts of tourism on communities and local economic development. Looking at the modern challenges faced by tourism organisations this course focuses on recent trends and developments so you are equipped with the skills to solve complex problems and implement plans and solutions to resolve them.

You will acquire an understanding of sustainable tourism and development as well as the organisational structure and management of this ever-expanding service sector. Combined with a strong international focus you will understand the core areas of business and management of the tourism sector with the ability to contribute at a regional, national and global level.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of international tourism and you will develop an entrepreneurial approach by working alongside key industry partners to develop innovative solutions to real-life business challenges. You will also gain an insight into moral, ethical, environmental and legal issues allowing you to make a valuable contribution to the tourism and travel sector.

With our flexible study options you can specialise in a specific area leading to your career of choice. This could be sustainable tourism for less developed countries, destination management, marketing and promotion, tourist attractions management or other special interest areas.

By selecting the sandwich option, you will undertake a placement and gain a year's vital industry experience to enhance your CV and prove your skills to future employers. Previous placement students have worked for major attractions and international tour operators including Disney World and TUI.

RESIDENTIALS

At the start of the year you can go on a one-week group study residential. This will be a chance to meet new friends and take part in a number of challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills. Activities can include rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountaineering, walking, canoeing and kayaking.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
Our local and international field trips will take learning outside of the classroom so you can experience tourism first-hand. With an optional work placement and the chance to study abroad for a semester, you can gain the skills and expertise that are in demand by travel and tourism employers. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in key areas such as marketing and human resources and learn from our own world-leading experts in responsible tourism. If you choose to study our sandwich course then you'll get to do a year's work experience, either at home or abroad.

You will have the fantastic opportunity of working in teams as a consultant for a luxury online tour operator, where you will develop new and exciting holidays and present them in a Dragon's Den style presentation. If the tour operator likes the ideas, you may get the chance to see it launched into the market.

Through our extensive industry contacts some of our students have worked for Thomas Cook, Jet 2 or in The Gambia on sustainable tourism and development projects. Regular lectures from leading industry speakers, such as Thomas Cook and the Institute of Travel & Tourism, will keep you up to speed with current hot topics and developments within this exciting industry.

UK CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

We were the first UK University to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Tourism (ITT). Awarded by the leading professional body, the Institute of Travel & Tourism, this recognition puts us at the forefront of education and research in this dynamic sector.

ITT is the only professional membership body for the UK travel and tourism industry. It allows 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 AND VOLUNTEER ABROAD

We offer study abroad opportunities at any one of our partner universities in Australia, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and the USA. You can also 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. See more about how you could involved in our unique volunteering programme .

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.

Visit our Distance Learning Website
100%
Student Satisfaction
Student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2018

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Professional accreditations
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Expert careers service
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation

Accredited by TMI and an ITT recognised university:

QS five star rating:

Transforming tourism: "Tourism is a way of re-creating memories, re-imagining history and constructing our present." - Professor Dorina Maria Buda - School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management
Play BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Holly Tedford, Student Video
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Holly Tedford, Student
Play BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Katy Stanley, student Video
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Katy Stanley, student
Play Life in Leeds Video
Life in Leeds
 

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).

Additional Requirements


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.
Level 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Tourism. You should have 4 GCSE's, including English, at grade C or above and GCSE maths at Grade D or above. International students will also need to meet the University's English language requirement which is IELTS 6.0, with no individual score below 5.0, or equivalent.
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.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


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.
Level 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Tourism. You should have 4 GCSE's, including English, at grade C or above and GCSE maths at Grade D or above. International students will also need to meet the University's English language requirement which is IELTS 6.0, with no individual score below 5.0, or equivalent.
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.
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

Charlotte Mendoza

Careers

Charlotte Mendoza
Marketing Supervisor Carnival Cruise Lines

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management

“My passion for travel fired my ambition to work in the industry and my course really helped to refine my career goals. I particularly enjoyed the environmental tourism and marketing aspects of my degree. Having that specialist knowledge of marketing in tourism is crucial in my current role, where I promote cruise holidays through product announcements, press trips and customer marketing campaigns.

Teaching and learning

Study to become a highly skilled, critically informed and dynamic graduate who can excel in your chosen field of work or study within international tourism management. Your learning will draw from the strong links between theory and practice, with carefully designed authentic assessments and student-tutor interaction at the heart of your learning experience.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

You will begin to develop your expertise in both tourism and management, and the inter-relationships between them. You will engage with different types of assessments, to demonstrate your learning and problem-solving skills. You will also undertake a week-long team-building field trip that will aid your personal and professional development.
Overall workload
Clock icon
288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
912 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
30%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
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.

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.

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.

Further develop the knowledge and skills gained from Year One, as you study more challenging issues in tourism management. You will develop the expertise required to understand the operation of tourism organisations and their management, combined with knowledge of how tourism can be planned in a sustainable way. You will be encouraged to engage with preparations for the industrial placement and to use your current learning to enhance your success as potential tourism practitioners.
Overall workload
Clock icon
288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
912 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
80%
Core Modules

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.

Explore the constantly changing nature of the tourism industry with a specific focus on emerging forms of tourism. You will use an analytical approach to gain an understanding of the key drivers that affect change within international tourism. You will be able to identify and critically reflect on the implications of these changes for stakeholders within the tourism sector.

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.

Explore how critical issues and events impact on travel and tourism operations and how international tourism businesses can and do plan and manage for such challenges.

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

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

In Year Three you will further develop into a confident, open-minded and innovative tourism practitioner, who can demonstrate the ability to initiate, develop and implement strategic decisions. Option modules will allow for the tailoring of your course to your desired career pathways, such as specialising in management functions such as Technology, Marketing or Human Resources.
Overall workload
Clock icon
234 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
966 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
35%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
6%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
59%
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.

Option modules may include:

Develop further your entrepreneurial, personal and professional skills following the completion of a successful industrial placement. You will be able to explore a range of materials and information as you identify and critically analyse a real-life issue and propose innovative solutions to this organisational challenge.

Gain a contemporary insight into the industry of your chosen field study. Through first-hand experience, you will identify the skills, attributes and experience that future employers will demand from you. You will have the opportunity to practise these skills, demonstrate such attributes and gain valuable experience, and as such increase your employability.

Focus on the critical evaluation and application of theoretical perspectives on understanding the role of the media in relation to tourism. You will evaluate the production, circulation and interpretation of media images and texts relating directly and indirectly to tourism.

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.

Gain a strategic and managerial perspective of the use of technology within travel and tourism. You will gain a critical awareness of the main issues/challenges in making strategic and tactical decisions about the use of technology to benefit travel and tourism organisations.

Critically explore the tourism worker/management/customer relationship and how this shapes the means by which workers are managed. You will look at a range of contemporary strategic approaches to managing workers in the tourism industry from the perspectives of both management and workers.

Explore tourism marketing strategy using a management framework of analysis, development, implementation and measurement. You will develop a critical awareness of international tourism marketing challenges, research opportunities for emerging markets, and evaluate different strategic marketing approaches as to how touristic places and businesses operate within a highly competitive, unpredictable global environment.

Lisa Gorton
Lisa Gorton
Course Director
Lisa worked for 17 years in industry before taking on her role at our University. Her experience spans small and large tourism organisations within the tour operating and retail distribution sector where she managed multi-million pound budgets and revenue streams. As well as leading on this degree, Lisa has also been involved in the innovative design of our new online degree programmes developed for and in conjunction with the travel and tourism industry.
Our students can choose when and where to take their year out in industry, they can choose to study abroad on our exciting exchange programme and they can specialise in a range of areas within the field of travel and tourism management. This exciting journey ensures our graduates stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing that all important first rung on the career ladder.
Play BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Holly Tedford, Student Video
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Holly Tedford, Student
Play BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Katy Stanley, student Video
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Katy Stanley, student
Play Life in Leeds Video
Life in Leeds
 

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be given a full tuition fee waiver. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

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

  • Use of facilities and equipment linked to your studies
  • Access to our guest speaker 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 essentials

  • Work placement costs 
    (Travel costs dependent on location)

Course-specific optional costs

  • 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: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list 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; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £2625. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

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

  • Use of facilities and equipment linked to your studies
  • Access to our guest speaker 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 essentials

  • Work placement costs 
    (Travel costs dependent on location)

Course-specific optional costs

  • 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: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list 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; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    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.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

View in Google Maps

Want to know more?

Start exploring

We host a range of on campus and virtual open days throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to discover life at Leeds Beckett University. Find out more about your course, financing your studies, our range of accommodation and the vibrant city of Leeds.

Open Days & Virtual Events Arrow Right Icon Explore Leeds Arrow Right Icon Accommodation Arrow Right Icon Order A Prospectus Arrow Right Icon

Back to Top Button
Back to Top Button