• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Are you interested in working in the travel and tourism sector? Excited about global travel and the behind-the-scenes operations that are involved? This degree programme gives you a broad understanding of the industry and empowers you with the transferable skills and understanding that this field demands.

If you're currently working in the travel and tourism industry and want to update your management skills, this qualification may help enhance your career.

What will this course cover?

You'll begin this course looking into the structure and development of the air transport industry. In the first year you'll focus on finance and economics, travel and tourism marketing, and the importance of managing customer service. You'll develop a deep understanding of the industry's key sustainability and operational challenges. We are looking for adaptable, forward-thinking applicants who can develop strong leadership and management qualities.

We'll give you the opportunity to undertake seasonal work experience which will provide you with further insight into the international travel and tourism sector. During this time you'll be able to fine-tune the skills learned in the classroom in a practical, real-time setting.

By the time you finish this degree you will have specific knowledge of the day-to-day operation and management of the various tourism sectors. You will have studied key modules in tourism, airline, airport and business management and have examined globalisation and collaboration within the tourism and air transport industry.

There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: N894

Our innovative programme of study keeps pace with the continuous changes within the travel and tourism industry. This ensures you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills that this energetic sector demands.

Our tourism and aviation degree programmes have been developed with industry experts and attract a number of guest lecturers. The department continuously pursues new partnerships in order to help you find suitable placements should you wish to pursue this option.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Introduction to Aviation, Tourism and Events

Year 1 Modules

  • Structure of the Air Transport Industry
  • Professional Skills and Development
  • Tourism Destinations and Attractions
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Introduction to Finance and Economics
  • Developments of the Air Transport Sector
  • Marketing for Travel and Tourism

Year 2 Modules

  • Sustainability and Responsibility Management
  • Airport Management
  • Employment Research and Planning
  • Business Tourism
  • Research Methods
  • Airline Management
  • Human Resource Management

Year 3 Modules

  • Contemporary Tourism
  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Destination Planning and Development
  • The Future of the Air Transport Industry
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Project (optional)
  • Business and Enterprise (optional)

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

When you graduate from this course, you'll have acquired the skills and in-depth knowledge required for a successful career in this dynamic industry. You may choose to work with tour operators, airlines, airports, destination management companies, or agencies that specialise in public sector tourism planning and development.

You'll also be qualified for work in tourism marketing agencies, and for developers of niche tourism products such as ecotourism. Alternatively, with entrepreneurship being studied in your final year, you may choose to develop your own small tourism venture.

You could also decide to further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

Our modules and teaching approach will help you become more independent as a learner and develop your expertise. We also help you find employment after graduation.

Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.