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BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management

The BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality management will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you will need to embark on a hospitality and tourism management career in the hospitality sector both in the UK and internationally.

It is designed with a strong emphasis on an applied and practical approach to teaching via direct engagement with the tourism and hospitality industries.

The degree draws on the skills and expertise of our academic staff who come from a range of disciplines in the areas of tourism and destination management, hospitality management, experience management, service management, project management, and corporate events management.

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Course Length:

3 - 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements 

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels: BBC – CCC
  • A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM
  • GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit
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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Course content

The Tourism and Hospitality Management degree at the University of Chichester has been designed in consultation with tourism and hospitality professionals, to ensure an appropriate balance between the academic context for tourism and hospitality and the wider appreciation of the applied, logistical, business and operational elements of tourism and hospitality management. 

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues that have extensive experience of working within the tourism and hospitality fields. For example, Dr Wendy Sealy has worked for some of the world’s most luxurious international brands including Marriott/Ritz Carlton and Almond Beach Resorts. Dr Andy Clegg, has an established track record of working within the tourism industry, and is a specialist in sustainable tourism and destination management.  For the last five years, Andy has also been Chairman of Visit Chichester, the destination management organisation for the Chichester District, and has excellent links to the local hospitality sector.

The degree route draws on the skills and expertise of our teaching staff who come from a range of disciplines and includes modules in the areas of business management, destination management, project management, hospitality operations, sustainable tourism, public relations, multi-media marketing and food and beverage management.

This engagement with the tourism sector affords a distinct vocational focus, and places great emphasis on you having direct contact with the tourism and hospitality sector through applied assessment, fieldtrips and a programme of guest speakers. We offer a supportive learning environment, which is primarily based around small group workshop activity. Modules are designed to be active and experiential, so that the skills and knowledge you develop can be implemented within a realistic business, management or destination context.

Assessment is frequently tied to business and/or destination-based scenarios, and in your final year, you will have the opportunity to undertake ‘live’ projects for clients in the local tourism and hospitality industry. Staff in the department are also established industry trainers for Tourism South East, and this provides you with the opportunity to gain certification in a range of training programmes accredited by the Welcome to Excellence Programme – a valuable addition to the CV!

You will study a broad-based curriculum that builds upon a number of key subject area themes that are revisited as the programme develops.  Indicative areas such as sustainable development, hospitality management, destination management, marketing, and visitor and experience management are developed through the various levels in a coherent manner that reinforces the overall structure of the programme.

The degree programme also draws on a range of generic business subjects, for example marketing and management, which are taken alongside specialist Tourism and Hospitality Management modules.  This approach is designed is to provide you with more generic transferable business and management skills that will further enhance your employability.

In the final year of the programme you are able to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills through the completion of your undergraduate research project. 

Our facilities

We are also fortunate to be based in a fantastic location to study Tourism and Hospitality Management. 

With national and international fieldtrips offered as part of the programme and with Chichester Harbour, the South Downs National park, the resort environment of Bognor Regis and the historic town of Chichester on our doorstep, we place great emphasis on a practical, hands-on approach to learning and teaching aimed at developing the skills and knowledge that you will need in your future profession within a realistic, sometimes challenging, but always engaging management or destination context.

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions.

All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’.

What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more. If that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

Students go on to work in the corporate, international hospitality, tourism, sport and charity sectors.

Many have found jobs in the fields of social media, marketing, sponsorship, event management, fundraising, public relations, tourism management and venue management.

Work placements

The BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management degree was designed in consultation with tourism and hospitality professionals to ensure that you gain the relevant skills and experience required to work within this glamorous but growing and dynamic sector of the service economy. 

In addition to a three-year route, you can also take the degree over four years.  This route provides an opportunity for you to undertake a 48-week paid work placement in the third year of your studies. 

Whilst there is no academic credit accumulation associated with the work placement, you will be awarded the BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management - Professional Placement award on the successful completion of your degree programme.  The work placement allows you the opportunity to experience the world of work over an extended period, and to develop further skills that are likely to enhance your employability at the end of your programme of study.

You’ll have the option to undertake a professional placement by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.

Indicative modules

Year One (Level 4)

  • The Contemporary Tourism, Events and Hospitality Environment
  • Sustainability Matters
  • Working with Self and Developing Others
  • Tourism, Events and Destinations: Impacts and Management
  • Rooms and Division Management and Revenue Management (Core)
  • Cultural Leadership and Cultural Competency (Core)
  • Introduction to Marketing (Core)
  • Food, Beverage and Wine Management (Core)

Year Two

  • Sustainable Enterprise and the Circular Economy (Core)
  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage in the Contemporary Service Environment (Core)
  • Hospitality Operations Management (Core)
  • Convention, Event Sales and Services Management (Core)
  • Research Skills (Core)
  • Purple Goldfish and the Art of Service Excellence (Core)
  • Tourism and Society (option)
  • Transformative Sustainable Tourism Experiences (option)

Year Three 

  • Sustainable Destination Management 1 and 2 (Core)
  • Management Project (Core)
  • Cost Accounting (Core)
  • International Hotel and Spa Development (core)
  • Strategic Hospitality Management (core)
  • Tourism Placement (optional)
  • Sustainable Coastal Tourism (optional)
  • Strategic Green Marketing for Sustainable Businesses and Destinations (optional)

Teaching and assessment

The transition to Higher Education can often be a daunting prospect.

We offer a close-knit, student-centred academic community, and you will be taught in a small, friendly and supportive environment. Our approach is distinctive to that adopted by many universities.

To us students are not just a ‘face in the crowd’, and we take pride not only in the supportive learning environment that we provide but also engaging with you as active partners in the learning process (see overleaf) to help you achieve your potential.

We avoid mass lectures and instead our approach focuses on relatively small group learning that we believe is better suited to supporting your learning. The programme builds upon the strong reputation that Chichester has earned for delivering high quality courses of study in a supportive and friendly environment.

It is unusual within the university sector to have an emphasis on providing a learning environment based almost entirely around small, workshop-based group sessions.

Typically, these last two to three hours in length and allow students and tutors to explore areas in more depth than would be possible in the ‘traditional’ lecture room environment. 

The format of these sessions also provides an opportunity for a more applied and creative approach to learning and teaching, and you will experience a range of different pedagogies, reflecting the interests and expertise of staff within the Business School.

We are proud of our ability to be able to develop your learning in such a way, and believe it is one of the key areas that differentiates us from most higher education universities and colleges.

Developing the relevant subject area knowledge, combined with the skills and experience that employers are looking for, is key to enhancing your employability.

We believe that vital to this process is the need for you to reflect upon your own learning as it takes place, and through this develop the ability to apply your skills and understanding with confidence. The programme produces an extensive range of support materials, and resources for each module are available via Moodle.

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Field trips and Industrial Engagement

Departmental engagement with the tourism and hospitality industry has provided invaluable opportunities to include industry professionals within specific modules.

Working within the industry has highlighted the diverse range of tourism and hospitality enterprises and projects underway across the region. Many of these escape the attention of the academic community, but provide valuable ‘real life’ examples of tourism and hospitality development, and the practical realities associated with implementing tourism programmes within destination environments, and working with businesses of all sizes in the hospitality sector.

Such examples provide pertinent fieldtrip locations so students can see and critically assess tourism and hospitality management in action. Our small group sizes also affords the flexibility of being able to integrate fieldtrips to local sites when and where appropriate.

This consistent emphasis on exposure to real world situations and professionals is essential to embed the necessary experience and knowledge that many employers are looking for. Most significantly, this approach addresses the widespread scepticism that university tourism degree programmes fail to deliver programmes that are relevant to the tourism industry and are seen to be provided by individuals with little experience of the ‘real world’. 

Frequent contact with industry also ensures that academic staff are up-to-date with the latest industry developments, and are able to incorporate this into their teaching almost immediately. The effective embedding of consultancy work allows students to look beyond the academic text, and place key themes such as strategic management, sustainability and dealing with small businesses in the context of an operational destination environment or business context.

In addition to guest speakers, the programme also draws on local industry support in a variety of different ways. First, industry representatives are invited to attend student presentations, as guest markers, so students become accustomed to presenting to industry employers.

For example, as part of the assessment regime for Sustainable Destination Management, students have to apply for a destination management post, and attend a short interview, where they are expected to demonstrate an operational awareness of the basic elements of destination management.  Moreover colleagues from industry are invited to sit on the interview panel. Therefore, while contributing to the final part of their assessment, it is also intended to provide valuable interview experience.

Consultancy links within the region have also facilitated the development of work placement opportunities, and whenever possible, students are now encouraged to undertake final year dissertations as consultancy projects for local tourism businesses.

More fundamentally, the overall structure of the Tourism and Hospitality Management degree at Chichester, and the specific content and design of new modules has also been influenced by the nature of our consultancy and scholarly activity. 

For example Dr Andy Clegg, is an established customer service trainer, and has supported business development in a range of hospitality enterprises both in the UK and abroad.  In 2009, Andy won a National Training Award, recognising his work supporting the development of sustainable tourism across the accommodation sector in the South East.