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BSc (Hons) Tourism Management (top up)

Delivered by staff who have a passion for tourism management, and a commitment to the quality of your University experience, our BSc (Hons) top-up in Tourism Management is designed to equip you with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable you to confidently and pro-actively engage with a wide range of industry stakeholders to support the successful delivery of tourism management. 

We are different! Compared to many other degree programmes, we offer a specific focus on sustainability, reflecting the increasing industry emphasis being placed on sustainable tourism development. 

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Course Length:

1 year 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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Student view

Holly Austen
BA (Hons) Tourism Management now working at Tourism South East
Having had the opportunity to work with VisitChichester allowed me to gain a more practical understanding of how a destination management organisation is operated and has encouraged me to work for a tourist board. I am now working for Tourism South East, where I am responsible for building new relationships with tourism businesses and offering them marketing, training, and networking support.

Course content

Our emphasis on theory to practice is designed to ensure that you become highly-qualified with sound academic and vocational experience to drive forward the wider sector adoption and implementation of sustainable tourism strategies.  Our top-up route has a distinctively applied focus, and our approach to learning and teaching is informed by the practical and industry-based expertise of staff.  Our particular specialism in sustainable tourism and sustainable destination management, that underpins delivery at Level 6 has been informed by industry recognised and endorsed frameworks for sustainable tourism management developed by Visit Britain.

Modules on the top-up route have been designed to introduce you to the key issues facing the different sectors of the tourism industry, and to consider the sustainable management of both tourism businesses and destinations.  The tourism industry is constantly changing, and being able to adapt to these changes is critical for future industry professionals aspiring to manage tourism destinations and businesses.

Drawing on established industry frameworks around the management of sustainable tourism, the top-up route is designed to ensure that you acquire the relevant skills and experience to work within this diverse sector. Our goal is to move beyond the textbook and provide you with a realistic and applied consideration of the practical realities of managing sustainable tourism businesses and destinations.  Indicative areas such as sustainable development, 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.

Staff are industry practitioners, and this engagement with the tourism sector affords a distinct vocational focus, and places great emphasis on you having direct contact with the tourism industry 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 management or destination context.

Assessment is frequently tied to management and destination-based scenarios, and as part of the top-up route you will have the opportunity to undertake ‘live’ projects for clients in the local tourism industry. You will also get the opportunity to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills through the completion of your undergraduate research project.

We are also fortunate to be based in a fantastic location to study sustainable tourism 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.

Developing the relevant subject 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. Accordingly, students have the opportunity to experience typical workplaces through work placement opportunities. In addition a student may opt for a full-year placement where they can gain valuable employment experience in an area that they are considering for future employment.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centreoffers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

The Dome is the home for all Business degree pathways. The Dome hosts meeting rooms alongside PC and Mac workstations, alongside the lecture and seminar rooms.

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."


Indicative modules


BML338: Sustainable Destination Management

The aim of this module is to encourage students to reflect on the management principles and practices identified in earlier modules at Levels 4 and 5, and capitalise on their knowledge and expertise when thinking about developing and managing a sustainable destination.  The module draws on the destination management resources developed by Visit England – notably the Destination Management Handbook.  This module provides the culmination to the sustainability theme that runs through the degree programme and as a 30 credit module will run during semesters 1 and 2.  The module will combine the consideration of the conceptual frameworks models towards sustainable and competitive destinations, with an applied examination of the practical realities and challenges of managing a sustainable destination environment, and its links to wider policy areas.

BML334: Sustainable Coastal Tourism

Coastal tourism is an integral part of the tourism industry both domestically and internationally.  The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) estimate that domestic and day trip coastal tourism is collectively valued at £8bn to the English economy, representing 31% of domestic overnight holiday trips and 8% of tourism day visits. Yet, the NCTA recognise that coastal tourism is undervalued and demonstrates significant growth potential. A similar picture is also evident across the globe, where coastal tourism has been seen as the panacea for economic ills, often at a high environmental cost.  Coastal areas are also extremely fragile, and increasingly susceptible to the vagaries of climate change and, in particular, sea level rise.  To achieve sustainable growth, coastal tourism needs to be managed in a co-ordinated, strategic, holistic and sustainable way. The aim of this module is to therefore examine the development, character, operation, impact and management of tourism in coastal areas.  Emphasis is given to the changing characteristics of tourism activity, the demand and supply of the tourism product, and the impact of tourism on both natural and man-made environments in the coastal zone. Consideration will also be given to the principles of strategic planning in coastal areas, and the emergence of Integrated Coastal Zone Management.  Domestic and international perspectives will be considered during the course of the module.

BML333: Environmental Education and Interpretation Management

As part of their role of enhancing and supporting the visitor experience, tourism managers are increasingly being required to engage in the delivery of environmental educational activities and the provision of interpretation of natural and heritage resources to their visitors, particularly in the context of protected areas and heritage attractions. Thus, the aim of this module is to provide students with the tools and skills required to communicate with visitors, and increase their awareness and involvement in environmental and sustainability issues and encourage them to adopt sustainable behaviours. Equally, students will be equipped with the skills required to sensitively plan, develop and implement interpretation that supports natural and heritage resource management.

After initially considering the potential reasons for undertaking education and interpretation for tourists, the module identifies and explores the skills required to deliver effective educational media and activities, introducing good practice techniques for a range of audiences, interests and media. The content then moves onto the relevant aspects of interpretation such as planning and designing interpretive media and evaluating their effectiveness. At the end of this module students are expected to have developed the skills that would make them highly employable professionals by public, private and charitable organisations involved in the provision of education and interpretation for visitors. In a wider management context, students will gain the skills, abilities and confidence to be effective communicators of ideas to different types of audiences.

BML301: Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Students are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. Students will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in their chosen pathway.

BML330: Tourism Placement

Tourism Placement offers the students an opportunity to complete a module based around a tourism related work placement and relevant self-directed study. Students may work in any host organisation of relevance to tourism, and appropriate to their knowledge, needs and career aspirations. Such organisations may include consultancies, local authorities, statutory bodies, National and Regional Tourist Organisations, charitable organisations and private companies.

BML336: Nature-Based Tourism

Faced with increasing competition from existing and new destinations and often limited resources to develop new attractions, most Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) are increasingly turning towards Nature Tourism (NT) as a way to promote their unique natural resources in a way that adds value to the destination and creates unique USPs aimed towards a significant niche sector within the tourism industry. Increasingly tourists are moving away from traditional sun and sea holidays and looking for a more unique, authentic, and increasingly ‘thrill-based’ destination experience. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the diverse characteristics of the Nature Tourism industry and develop the practical skills required to audit natural resources and create packages focused on nature-based products. The module will briefly detail how this industry has developed, particularly in relation to the emergence of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism as specific industry niches, and will consider the distinctive characteristics of each tourism niche. The module will highlight the operational and management issues related to Nature Tourism, with particular emphasis on their impacts and management approaches, while drawing on examples from the domestic and international tourism industry to highlight examples of best practice.

BML337: Strategic Green Marketing for Businesses and Destinations

The aim of this module is to introduce students to use of traditional marketing techniques to support a sustainable tourism businesses and destinations. The module will also introduce students to the concepts of social and conservation marketing, and will consider their application to tourism, destinations and the businesses associated with their management. The module looks at the role of marketing in strategy formulation and how marketing can contribute to business and destination competitiveness. It will provide students with a detailed knowledge of theoretical and practical perspectives of marketing strategy in order to develop an appropriate strategic green marketing plan. Students will use market and other information to make informed decisions and also develop their ability to think critically about green marketing scenarios for destinations and businesses.

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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 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.

Many potential graduates often have stereotypical ideas about the nature of assessment in Higher Education. We give considerable emphasis to a wide range of imaginative and innovative assessment strategies. The assessment strategy adopted for top-up route is one where you experience a broad range of assessment forms.  The general nature of assessment changes in that the forms of assessment are designed to reinforce the emphasis towards more independent learning through the various levels. Typical types of assessment include research projects, team work, seminar presentations, fieldwork reports and podcast production.  Most modules will incorporate more than one assessment type.

Our links with the local tourism industry extend into assessment design to ensure that tasks are realistic and reflect the type of work graduates could typically find themselves doing upon graduation into the tourism sector.  These industry links also allow us to encourage you to undertake final year dissertations as consultancy projects for local tourism businesses.

The programme team is committed to positive innovation in assessment. However, the team is aware of the risk of being innovative purely for the sake of innovation. The primary focus when designing assessment tasks has been to ensure the appropriateness of the assessment in enabling you to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes through undertaking authentic tasks that will also serve to enhance your employability.

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