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Travel and Tourism Management

BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Study Travel and Tourism Management at University Centre Leeds

Looking to spread your wings and begin your high-flying career in the travel and tourism sector? Our BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management gives you the skills to take you far. You will build on your sector-specific knowledge whilst enhancing your industry skills. Take to new heights and go further than you ever imagined.

The travel industry has undoubtedly been hard hit by recent events but it is beginning to recover. Supported by the Government’s Tourism Recovery Plan, the future of the industry is beginning to look more optimistic. With pre-Covid jobs at around the 3,219 mark, we are seeing a return to job advertising with 1,295 total jobs advertised between January and November 2021. As consumer confidence increases in the sector, recovery will continue, with a growth of 2.1% predicted for job opportunities between 2021 and 2024. Enrol on this Travel and Tourism Management BA (Hons) and get your ticket to fly.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 8G19
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Travel and Tourism Management

Our BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management top-up will further develop your knowledge and skills to ensure you have all you need to succeed within the industry.  This course includes a range of academic and specialist modules allowing you to deepen your industry knowledge and experience in preparation to begin your career. You will learn about effective people management and the specific issues that affect your sector. You will complete a dissertation based on your chosen area of interest, alongside written and oral assessments such as case study analysis and group work.

This course is validated by The Open University 

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include:

Research Methods (20 Credits)

Linked closely to the dissertation module, you will develop your research and evaluation skills to enable you to complete a successful dissertation.

Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism (20 Credits)

Develop your understanding of strategic management within the travel and tourism sector.

Destination Marketing Management (20 Credits)

Evaluate marketing theory and practice through research and analysis, whilst developing strategies to promote global destinations.

Influencing Sustainable Tourism (20 Credits)

Further your knowledge in the future of the travel and tourism sector as you explore a range of topics, including sustainability and its focus within travel and tourism.

Dissertation (40 Credits)

Using independent research in an area of your choice relating to travel and tourism management, you will critically analyse and evaluate your chosen topic in order to create an extended piece of academic writing.

Our main aim for you whilst you complete this qualification is to help you to develop your personal and professional skills for your career within the travel and tourism sector. 

  • Develop your travel and tourism knowledge by studying a range of topics
  • Acquire strategic management skills
  • Learn from knowledgeable staff with invaluable experience within the industry
  • Access employer contacts and organisations to enhance your learning experience
  • Hear from guest speakers
  • Past graduates of the course have secured employment in a multitude of companies within the travel and tourism sector

The recent market recovery coupled with a growing appetite for travel, makes this an exciting sector to be a part of. Job growth is expected to keep rising and it’s predicted there will be an increased need for travel agency managers, air travel assistants and travel agents. If this is a sector that appeals to you, then this course is the perfect way to gain skills for a number of different job roles.

Our assessments are designed around the occupational sector, reflecting the skills that are needed for the workplace. This means they not only prepare you for the industry, but offer a glimpse into your future work-based activities.

Assessments are dependent on each module and usually consist of: 

  • A written analysis of a case study
  • Written and oral assessments, or presentations
  • A dissertation on your subject area of choice


You will have the opportunity to strengthen your oral and written communication skills through assessed presentations. Presentations are especially valuable as both oral and written communication skills are vital assets for the travel and tourism industry. This assessment type applies to modules such as Research Methods and Destination Marketing Management.

Case studies:

We incorporate case studies into our assessments to develop your understanding of how theories and concepts relate to current organisations. It also enables you to build your research and analytical skills. Case studies will be used throughout different modules, such as Influencing Sustainable Tourism and Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism.


During the Dissertation module, you will undertake an in-depth research investigation into a topic relating to a module you’ve already studied. The topic can be decided by you, subject to an ethical review and approval from your dissertation supervisor.

You will also have the opportunity to carry out group and individual work to support your understanding of your chosen topic, whilst strengthening your skills in independent research and lone working. 

Whilst studying at University Centre Leeds, you will have access to our extensive range of support services, including:

  • Bespoke study skills sessions run by subject specialist staff, 
  • The HE library and iLearn, and 
  • Student services such as support for additional needs, counselling, finance and careers advice.

You will also have access to:

  • Learning in small class-based groups
  • An extensive range of learning resources
  • Subject-specialist staff
  • Students who are new to the University Centre will be given a Chromebook to assist with their studies


Foundation Degree: 50% module average on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject.

HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject.

English GCSE:English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Part Time: Part time students need to be currently working preferably in a supervisory or management role or have some work experience in their relevant sector. Where appropriate, interviews will be used to ascertain the applicant’s suitability for entry to the course.

Further study at masters level, PGCE, or other postgraduate qualifications, or enter full-time employment.

Job opportunities may include:

  • Travel & Tourism graduate schemes
  • Tourism manager
  • Passenger service supervisor/manager
  • Business travel agent/management
  • Retail travel agent
  • Tour operations executive
  • Hospitality manager
  • Retail travel agent/manager
  • Tour operations executive/manager
  • Hospitality manager

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.



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