• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: N890

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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 29 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 346 hours
Independent learning: 854 hours

Year 2: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 318 hours
Independent learning: 882 hours

Year 3: 23 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 278 hours
Independent learning: 922 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

50 percent coursework 40 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 2

75 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Year 3

55 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 20 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

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:

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Business and Enterprise (optional)
  • Contemporary Tourism
  • Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration in the Air Transport Industry (optional)
  • Destination Planning and Development
  • Research Project (optional)
  • Strategic Management

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

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

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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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.


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