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This new course allows you to top up your existing qualifications to an honour’s degree in one year, whilst benefiting from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer. 

This course has been specifically designed to give you the ideal balance between a broad understanding of business, whilst developing your specialist knowledge in international tourism, hospitality, and events within a global content. The programme aims to equip students with a wide range of professional and managerial skills essential within the dynamic tourism, hospitality, and events sectors.

The course includes specialist modules that cover innovation and entrepreneurship in international tourism, hospitality, and event managers, as well as addressing the global challenges and future of tourism. There is also a module on international hospitality management, which will give you a wider perspective on operational practices and strategic decision-making processes.

You will be supported to develop your skills in critical thinking and writing techniques during the course of the year with core modules which focus on employability, and contemporary business issues. During these modules you will develop personal applications, CVs, and cover letters as part of overall career planning to promote future employability. You will be asked to prepare an independent review of the literature on a contemporary business issue of your choice (discipline specific), which will develop independent thinking and learning, whilst applying knowledge to specific business issues.

Northumbria is the only university in the North East of England to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, which is the UK’s professional body for the travel and tourism industry.

The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of this course are set to meet some of the highest and most demanding levels of accreditation. This course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria, you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. Northumbria ranks within the sector as in top 30 for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Management, 12 months after graduation (LEO 2020).

There’s plenty of support for you to develop the academic study skills that are required. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper, and research-informed approach that’s needed for an honour’s degree at a UK university.

This new course allows you to top up your existing qualifications to an honour’s degree in one year, whilst benefiting from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer. 

This course has been specifically designed to give you the ideal balance between a broad understanding of business, whilst developing your specialist knowledge in international tourism, hospitality, and events within a global content. The programme aims to equip students with a wide range of professional and managerial skills essential within the dynamic tourism, hospitality, and events sectors.

The course includes specialist modules that cover innovation and entrepreneurship in international tourism, hospitality, and event managers, as well as addressing the global challenges and future of tourism. There is also a module on international hospitality management, which will give you a wider perspective on operational practices and strategic decision-making processes.

You will be supported to develop your skills in critical thinking and writing techniques during the course of the year with core modules which focus on employability, and contemporary business issues. During these modules you will develop personal applications, CVs, and cover letters as part of overall career planning to promote future employability. You will be asked to prepare an independent review of the literature on a contemporary business issue of your choice (discipline specific), which will develop independent thinking and learning, whilst applying knowledge to specific business issues.

Northumbria is the only university in the North East of England to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, which is the UK’s professional body for the travel and tourism industry.

The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of this course are set to meet some of the highest and most demanding levels of accreditation. This course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria, you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. Northumbria ranks within the sector as in top 30 for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Management, 12 months after graduation (LEO 2020).

There’s plenty of support for you to develop the academic study skills that are required. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper, and research-informed approach that’s needed for an honour’s degree at a UK university.

Course Information

UCAS Code
N810

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2023

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

Standard Entry

BTEC HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent in a related subject.

If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of Merit standard. If you have taken a Foundation Degree, we will be looking for performance to Commendation level, or 60% average.

Applicants holding a relevant business and management qualification in addition to one of the following: DipHE, any Level 5 award such as Certificate, Diploma or NVQ, will also be considered. Please note that applicants without formal qualifications yet with appropriate work experience are also encouraged to apply. Non-standard qualifications/work experience will need to be considered on an individual basis.


International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: £19,000


International Fee in Year 1: £19,000


Scholarships for 23/24 have not yet been announced.  For information on scholarships awarded in 22/23, please see the main Funding Pages.


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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9689 -

Career Development and Research Informed Learning (Core,20 Credits)

This module has twin aims, firstly supporting your transition into UK higher education by developing your academic skills in the context of your business, management and finance studies. The second aim is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and transferable skills to maximise your future employability and career development. As a student on level 6 top up programme you may have limited experience of higher education in the UK, hence this module begins by supporting you as a final year undergraduate student to understand, enhance and demonstrate advanced academic skills. The first part of the module will therefore help you strengthen and enhance your academic writing skills, progress your critical thinking ability and enable you to understand research and how to use academic journal articles. The second part of the module will focus upon your employability and leadership attributes, exploring key aspects of your knowledge, skills, personality, values and abilities to enable you to make well-informed career choices.

The topics covered on this module will include:
• Academic writing skills;
• Understanding learning styles;
• Working in teams;
• Enhancing critical thinking and writing skills;
• Understanding research and the effective use of journal articles;
• Developing a literature review;
• Understanding Employability and leadership attributes;
• Evaluate the global graduate labour market;
• Design career personal development plan.

This module aims to develop and empower you as a student to become a critical and reflective thinker with respect to both your academic development and to your future career planning.

More information

SM9689 -

Responsible Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the context of responsible strategic thinking, how to identify and explore sustainable business opportunities as a source of competitive advantage. You will gain an appreciation of the overarching principles of setting and executing a responsible and sustainable organisational strategy. Within the setting of these strategic objectives, you will understand how the associated responsible decision making will impact on both internal and external stakeholders. Your learning will span across private and public sector organisations, MNEs and SMEs and how each of different organisations and industries interact with the responsible and sustainable business opportunities and challenges.

More information

TM9641 -

Global Challenges and Tourism Futures (Core,20 Credits)

This module explores the uncertain futures of tourism by encouraging in-depth discussion and critique of key tourist questions and challenges facing communities, industry and governments. Tourism can only exist in the long term if it is managed responsibly. And yet the industry faces short demands for profits in a dynamic and challenging environment, which creates negative impacts that compromises its very own future. The module seeks to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge on how best to develop tourism potential without endangering the surrounding infrastructure and environment.

The module will cover four distinctive areas of study.

Firstly, sustainable tourism as the objective of both tourism industry and destinations. You will gain a critical appreciation of theoretical approaches to sustainability and will critically discuss the implementation of sustainable tourism policies and practices.

Secondly, the impacts of climate change and other risk factors in tourism. Climate change is arguably the single most important global environmental issue facing the tourism sector. Tourism both contributes to, and will be notably affected by, climate change.

Thirdly, transport, human mobility and globalisation. These issues are considered in terms of social, physical, virtual, cultural and historical aspects of the movement of people, artefacts, goods and ideas. Increased restrictions to global mobility will be also considered.

Finally, the challenges of an ageing population for tourism. Some of the many emerging consequences of economically successful societies and its changing demographics will be unpacked as new strategies are needed for dealing with the modern propensity to travel.

More information

TM9642 -

International Hospitality Operations Management (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an overview of the international hospitality industry and its management and strategic and operational practices which accompany it. The module provides knowledge of both historical and current factors which have shaped the industry and provides you with the skills to evaluate changes taking place in key markets and be able to consider the implications of these for hospitality providers.

You will learn about the following topics:
• The hotel sector – diversity, product appraisal
• An evaluation of global hospitality demand and the industry’s response to changes in consumer demand
• Hospitality marketing and brand management
• Hospitality operations, theory and practice in departments and functions
• International hospitality growth strategies
• Hospitality customer service management, loyalty and quality.
• The experience economy, servicescape and co-construction of experience, experiencescape and eventscape
• International hospitality human resource management
• Sustainability

More information

TM9643 -

Innovation and Creativity in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (Core,20 Credits)

Innovation is a key concept in business and entrepreneurial studies, and for managers within the tourism, hospitality and events industry, it is important to understand the relationship between tourism and innovation within the context of global economic, social, environmental and consumer challenges.

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship within tourism, hospitality and events (THE). You will understand the relationship between tourism and innovation and be provided with an overview of relevant innovation theories and related literature so you can understand the significance of innovation to the contemporary global tourism, hospitality and events industry. You will learn about consumer behaviour in THE consumption, the importance of experience economy and co-creation of the tourist experience and explore changing contexts in relation to the contemporary consumer; leading to more specialised, sophisticated, technologically enabled products.

You will progress, exploring the means by which categories of THE innovation are being developed; product, service, technical, process innovation, managerial/management, marketing, and institutional innovation. You will examine the benefits of innovation and creative product development for organisations within the THE and evaluate the role of the entrepreneur within this process.

The module will also reflect on practice and developments in small and medium enterprises, making comparison with operations and practice in larger organisations from an innovative and creative perspective, exploring the entrepreneurial aspects of both. Key themes which you will explore:
The theories and models that guide the development of business, product and service innovation for tourism, hospitality and events sector,
The role and nature of competition, knowledge exchange and creativity,
The creative use of entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainable practice,
The role of tourism in responding to developmental opportunities created by technology, societal change and economic necessity,

You will explore the development and operation of the following tourism, hospitality & event products;
• place/ regional development and destination marketing,
• rural/ green & food tourism,
• event and festival sustainability,
• creative and heritage attractions,
• servicescape/ eventscape and theming,
• technology innovation in restaurants and hospitality, and
• new & enhanced product offerings within accommodation sector such as integrated resorts & casino operations, luxury hotels, eco accommodation & cruise ship operations.
You will evaluate these from a management, marketing, strategic and sustainable practice perspective and will draw on the concepts of entrepreneurial activity. This will give you skills and knowledge necessary to develop a career in tourism, events and hospitality and also skills which are transferable to other industries.

Your learning will be supported by a wide range of learning material drawn from academic literature, regional, national and international case studies.

More information

TM9644 -

Contemporary Business Enquiry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will draw on your student learning across your undergraduate programme of study, the module aims to provide you with the opportunity to engage in depth with contemporary research in your specialist named degree. You will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will develop an enquiring mind and undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within business and management disciplines, applying appropriate methods to collection and analysis of extant research, including reviewing literature and critical evaluation of business practice and academic theory.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9689 -

Career Development and Research Informed Learning (Core,20 Credits)

This module has twin aims, firstly supporting your transition into UK higher education by developing your academic skills in the context of your business, management and finance studies. The second aim is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and transferable skills to maximise your future employability and career development. As a student on level 6 top up programme you may have limited experience of higher education in the UK, hence this module begins by supporting you as a final year undergraduate student to understand, enhance and demonstrate advanced academic skills. The first part of the module will therefore help you strengthen and enhance your academic writing skills, progress your critical thinking ability and enable you to understand research and how to use academic journal articles. The second part of the module will focus upon your employability and leadership attributes, exploring key aspects of your knowledge, skills, personality, values and abilities to enable you to make well-informed career choices.

The topics covered on this module will include:
• Academic writing skills;
• Understanding learning styles;
• Working in teams;
• Enhancing critical thinking and writing skills;
• Understanding research and the effective use of journal articles;
• Developing a literature review;
• Understanding Employability and leadership attributes;
• Evaluate the global graduate labour market;
• Design career personal development plan.

This module aims to develop and empower you as a student to become a critical and reflective thinker with respect to both your academic development and to your future career planning.

More information

SM9689 -

Responsible Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the context of responsible strategic thinking, how to identify and explore sustainable business opportunities as a source of competitive advantage. You will gain an appreciation of the overarching principles of setting and executing a responsible and sustainable organisational strategy. Within the setting of these strategic objectives, you will understand how the associated responsible decision making will impact on both internal and external stakeholders. Your learning will span across private and public sector organisations, MNEs and SMEs and how each of different organisations and industries interact with the responsible and sustainable business opportunities and challenges.

More information

TM9641 -

Global Challenges and Tourism Futures (Core,20 Credits)

This module explores the uncertain futures of tourism by encouraging in-depth discussion and critique of key tourist questions and challenges facing communities, industry and governments. Tourism can only exist in the long term if it is managed responsibly. And yet the industry faces short demands for profits in a dynamic and challenging environment, which creates negative impacts that compromises its very own future. The module seeks to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge on how best to develop tourism potential without endangering the surrounding infrastructure and environment.

The module will cover four distinctive areas of study.

Firstly, sustainable tourism as the objective of both tourism industry and destinations. You will gain a critical appreciation of theoretical approaches to sustainability and will critically discuss the implementation of sustainable tourism policies and practices.

Secondly, the impacts of climate change and other risk factors in tourism. Climate change is arguably the single most important global environmental issue facing the tourism sector. Tourism both contributes to, and will be notably affected by, climate change.

Thirdly, transport, human mobility and globalisation. These issues are considered in terms of social, physical, virtual, cultural and historical aspects of the movement of people, artefacts, goods and ideas. Increased restrictions to global mobility will be also considered.

Finally, the challenges of an ageing population for tourism. Some of the many emerging consequences of economically successful societies and its changing demographics will be unpacked as new strategies are needed for dealing with the modern propensity to travel.

More information

TM9642 -

International Hospitality Operations Management (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an overview of the international hospitality industry and its management and strategic and operational practices which accompany it. The module provides knowledge of both historical and current factors which have shaped the industry and provides you with the skills to evaluate changes taking place in key markets and be able to consider the implications of these for hospitality providers.

You will learn about the following topics:
• The hotel sector – diversity, product appraisal
• An evaluation of global hospitality demand and the industry’s response to changes in consumer demand
• Hospitality marketing and brand management
• Hospitality operations, theory and practice in departments and functions
• International hospitality growth strategies
• Hospitality customer service management, loyalty and quality.
• The experience economy, servicescape and co-construction of experience, experiencescape and eventscape
• International hospitality human resource management
• Sustainability

More information

TM9643 -

Innovation and Creativity in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (Core,20 Credits)

Innovation is a key concept in business and entrepreneurial studies, and for managers within the tourism, hospitality and events industry, it is important to understand the relationship between tourism and innovation within the context of global economic, social, environmental and consumer challenges.

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship within tourism, hospitality and events (THE). You will understand the relationship between tourism and innovation and be provided with an overview of relevant innovation theories and related literature so you can understand the significance of innovation to the contemporary global tourism, hospitality and events industry. You will learn about consumer behaviour in THE consumption, the importance of experience economy and co-creation of the tourist experience and explore changing contexts in relation to the contemporary consumer; leading to more specialised, sophisticated, technologically enabled products.

You will progress, exploring the means by which categories of THE innovation are being developed; product, service, technical, process innovation, managerial/management, marketing, and institutional innovation. You will examine the benefits of innovation and creative product development for organisations within the THE and evaluate the role of the entrepreneur within this process.

The module will also reflect on practice and developments in small and medium enterprises, making comparison with operations and practice in larger organisations from an innovative and creative perspective, exploring the entrepreneurial aspects of both. Key themes which you will explore:
The theories and models that guide the development of business, product and service innovation for tourism, hospitality and events sector,
The role and nature of competition, knowledge exchange and creativity,
The creative use of entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainable practice,
The role of tourism in responding to developmental opportunities created by technology, societal change and economic necessity,

You will explore the development and operation of the following tourism, hospitality & event products;
• place/ regional development and destination marketing,
• rural/ green & food tourism,
• event and festival sustainability,
• creative and heritage attractions,
• servicescape/ eventscape and theming,
• technology innovation in restaurants and hospitality, and
• new & enhanced product offerings within accommodation sector such as integrated resorts & casino operations, luxury hotels, eco accommodation & cruise ship operations.
You will evaluate these from a management, marketing, strategic and sustainable practice perspective and will draw on the concepts of entrepreneurial activity. This will give you skills and knowledge necessary to develop a career in tourism, events and hospitality and also skills which are transferable to other industries.

Your learning will be supported by a wide range of learning material drawn from academic literature, regional, national and international case studies.

More information

TM9644 -

Contemporary Business Enquiry (Core,20 Credits)

This module will draw on your student learning across your undergraduate programme of study, the module aims to provide you with the opportunity to engage in depth with contemporary research in your specialist named degree. You will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will develop an enquiring mind and undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within business and management disciplines, applying appropriate methods to collection and analysis of extant research, including reviewing literature and critical evaluation of business practice and academic theory.

More information

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International Tourism, Hospitality and Events BSc (Hons) - 1 Year Completion Award

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.

 

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