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Business and Tourism Management

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: N800 (three years), N832 (four years with placement)

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time

Four years full-time with Professional Experience Year

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

International - £12,000 per year

In Brief:

  • Tourism is one of  the world’s fastest growing industries, opening up a range of excting career opportunities in the aviation and cruise sectors, hospitality, tour operation, heritage management and hotels
  • The programme offers opportunities for overseas study visits and international exchanges
  • The optional work experience year enhances your employment propects - you won't pay University fees for that year and will earn a wage for your work
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Tourism is now one of the largest industries in the world and educating responsible managers is a key focus of our tourism courses. Tourism development in harmony with the environment is a core theme.

This course will allow you to gain an appreciation of theory alongside the practical skills needed to be an international tourism manager and prepare you for a variety of employment opportunities in major areas of business. You will also gain an understanding of the impacts of current international initiatives around tourism leadership and innovation.  By your final year you will be able to analyse tourism systems and make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in respect of stakeholders including consumers, employees, shareholders and the government.

You will be have the opportunity of joining an overseas study visit funded by Salford Business School on our International Project module which takes students on a 10 day visit to a European city.  There are also opportunities for international exchanges with our global partner institutions through our Study Abroad programme.

The Professional Development module in the second year helps you to develop the skills you need – presentation skills, networking, interview techniques etc – to move more easily into successful employment.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year for details.

"The very first week I attended lectures and seminars I made friends for life, friends from my fellow students and from academics.  I have found here an enormous amount of human warmth, inclusion and acceptance.  In this supportive and friendly atmosphere, I have grown as a person and as a future professional.

My experience at University of Salford has enriched and empowered my life."

Monica Slabu, BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management graduate

Course Details

The Business and Tourism Management degree is designed to meet the needs of both students seeking a high level career in tourism management and of employers seeking a high calibre of business/tourism graduate.
It provides you with a thorough understanding of Tourism within the wider context of business and management and prepares you for employment in a wide variety of managerial careers.

Course Structure

This course allows you to either specialise or follow an integrated programme and the modular design gives you considerable choice.

Year 1      

All Business and Tourism Management students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the    subjects    you go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of Business and Tourism Management knowledge at the end of their first year.    

You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.                  
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.                  
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.                  
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.                  
You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.                  

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:      

This module will introduce you to the functional nature of organising and organisations in a global context.                  

OR      

You will develop your knowledge and competence in a foreign language, while also learning more about the countries where it is spoken for professional purposes.                  

Year 2      

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas. You also have the option to change your specialism and original choice of degree, or switch to any of the following degrees:      

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management            
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management            
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics            
  • BSc (Hons) International Business            
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport            
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management            
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing            
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management            

You can also choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practice to help    this opportunity become a reality.      

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.      

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!      

CORE MODULES      

This module teaches you how to analyse, develop and manage a tourist destination. You will be given the opportunity to go out of the classroom to put theory into practice at a real world destination.                  
This module provides you with the knowledge required to successfully plan, execute and evaluate events. You will also gain the necessary experience to run your own event with support from your tutors.                  
This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.                  
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.                  
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You        will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.                  

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:      

This module will give you an understanding of the diversity, size and growing market for events in the tourism industry. You will learn about strategies for developing tourism events, as well as how to critically evaluate the sustainability and impacts that they create.                  

OR      

This module gives you an opportunity to further consolidate and develop competence in a foreign language. It further prepares you linguistically and interculturally for work in or relating to a country where the target language is spoken.                  

Optional Year      

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.      

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.                        

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.                        

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.                        

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo          and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.                        

Year 3  

CORE MODULES

The module provides you with a critical understanding of the importance of leadership and innovation in international tourism development. You will examine key global issues and the concepts and strategies that currently shape innovative and sustainable tourism management practice.              
This module will build your entrepreneurial knowledge in management and business development in the service sector. You will be encouraged to turn your business ideas into reality and develop a business plan.              
This module offers an organisational perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real world organisations, using analysis and enquiry techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice. This will      prepare you for a career in business and management and enable you to reach your potential as a next generation manager.              
This module gives you with an appreciation and detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders,      stakeholders and the purpose and values of an organisation. You will also explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations to prepare you for future employment.              
You will develop your understanding of the sourcing, evaluation and application of available business information in a variety of formats, while also improving your skills in the design and analysis of primary research methodologies. In particular, the module aims to develop your capacity to evaluate      published business research and consultancy and prepare viable proposals for future research-based business consultation.              

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:  

This module will take you to a European city to give you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt over the course of your degree course to a real world tourism destination. It will provide an invaluable link between the classroom and real world and is free to students.        
This module gives you an opportunity to further consolidate and develop competence in a foreign language. It further prepares you linguistically and interculturally for work in or relating to a country where the target language is spoken.              
This module will give you an insight into tourism that involves travelling to places associated with death and suffering.        
You will examine the nature of services in the business environment and develop a detailed understanding of the marketing process adopted by a range of public and private sector organisations. You will also examine relationship marketing and how it contributes to the effectiveness of service organisations      in business-to-customer and business-to-business settings.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five, to include Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. 

You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:  www.atas.fco.gov.uk/

Applicant profile

You should be passionate about learning and interested in the tourism industry, as well as enthusiastic and dedicated to improving your analytical skills, communication capabilities and self-confidence. The tourism sector embraces international activities and so you should approach this business sector with an open mind about other cultural contexts, along with a desire to learn about different international environments and cultural differences.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £12,000 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

This degree is designed to develop managers, in particular those interested in establishing a high level career in the tourism sector.

Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree courses are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

"So far, the placement year is going great. I work for an events company in Kenya called EXP.

I have been able to learn a lot and improve on the skills I previously had. My communication skills, for example, have really been put to the test. When working in events, you deal with a lot of different people: suppliers, clients, venues, teammates. The way in which you communicate to them is crucial and it could affect the overall success of an event."

Gathoni Wambugu, working with EXP in Kenya

Career Prospects

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge suitable for pursuing career prospects across a range of opportunities.

These include private sector roles in the aviation and cruise industries, tour operation, man-made attractions and hotels. Disney Cruise and Thomas Cook Airlines are just some of the leading employers who have welcomed our graduates into employment.

The hospitality industry is also a strong career choice, and Rocco Forte has sponsored a number of initiatives and opportunities for our students.

The public sector also provides a range of exciting management destinations, publicly owned and natural attractions contributing to sustainable development.

Some students also choose self-employment and use their degree to successfully start up and manage their own business.

Alumni Profile

Jekaterina Kononova

BSC (Hons) Tourism and Management Graduate, 2011:  

“I chose the Business and Tourism Management course because of the University’s high rank and the opportunities after graduation”.

“I found the course team approachable, friendly and helpful. Major benefits were the links with other universities and industry - including Chester Council and Salford Quays, and the comprehensive course content.”

Having gone on to study for an MSc Corporate Finance at the University of Salford, Jekarerina is now Commercial Manager at TravelJigsaw Ltd.

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local and national tourism organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long industrial placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.  You will work with an employer either in the UK or overseas; this could be a local, national or international organisation. In 2016-17 these included such as Crowne Plaza hotels and ThinkMoney Group. You will receive support from the School's dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.

During the work experience year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

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