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Travel and Tourism Management

Foundation Degree

Study Travel and Tourism Management at University Centre Leeds

Journey towards your future with our Travel and Tourism Management Foundation Degree. This course will take you to new heights whilst getting you closer to your dream of a career in this exciting and dynamic sector. With knowledgeable staff dedicated to helping you achieve your goals along with connections to employers, you can propel your career up and beyond anything you could have imagined.

Whilst the travel industry has undoubtedly been hard hit by recent events, 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, a growth of 2.1% predicted for job opportunities between 2021 and 2024. Be ready to join this exciting sector as it continues to recover and grow by enrolling on the Travel and Tourism Management Foundation Degree today.

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  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 8G18
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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Travel and Tourism Management

You will explore tourism development, management and marketing as you acquire practical and academic knowledge and skills. Familiarise yourself with all aspects of travel and tourism and grow to appreciate the critical importance of customer service, while getting up to speed with current industry developments and trends. You will also learn industry processes from the ground up, allowing you to apply your skills to multiple travel and tourism roles.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management Top-up Degree

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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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

Year 1 (Level 4)

Academic Toolkit (20 Credits) Acquire and develop transferable, academic and subject specific skills to succeed in the travel and tourism industry.

Introduction to Management in Travel and Tourism (20 Credits) Learn practical skills whilst developing your theoretical knowledge of leadership and management.

The Travel & Tourism Industry (20 Credits) You will be introduced to the dynamic context of the travel and tourism sector through exploration of contemporary structures.

Tourism, Events, Culture and Heritage (20 Credits) Examine key concepts of tourism,  heritage and culture and learn about how specific events across the travel and tourism sector relate to social-economic and political developments.

Understanding the Tourist (20 Credits) Journey towards understanding the complexity of the current tourist consumer and their experience.

Introduction to Finance (20 Credits) This module gives you the tools to understand the operation and decision making within an organisation from a financial standpoint.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Contemporary Tourism Development (20 Credits) Develop your understanding of theories and key concepts throughout the travel and tourism industry.

Innovation and Enterprise (20 Credits) This module will give you a greater insight into innovation and enterprise within the travel and tourism sector.

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (20 Credits) You will explore travel and tourism theories and concepts on the role and function of marketing.

Managing People in Travel and Tourism (20 Credits) Learn about the importance of human resource management using models of practical examples with travel and tourism organisations.

Research Project (40 Credits) This module teaches you to identify, research and analyse solutions relating to dilemmas within the industry and allows you to reflect on your learning experience as a whole.

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. 

Other benefits include:

  • We invite guest speakers to talk with you
  • Arrange visits to learn about potential future employment
  • All students receive vocational experience
  • You have access to employer contacts and organisations to enhance your learning experience
  • Employability skills are an integral part of this course and are integrated into the Academic Toolkit module to ensure you gain and develop them to further the career of your dreams
  • 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 will be carried out by:

  • The recruitment process, the selection of application, interviewing and evaluating
  • Written analysis of case studies
  • Written reports on various travel and tourism topics
  • A professional discussion
  • A reflective learning report
  • Evidence based portfolio
  • Group presentations, including research and discussion on current industry topics
  • The level five module: All students will be given the opportunity to work together on an innovative product, service or experience that will be outlined in a business proposal

All assessments offer you the ability to show your continued development on the course and the knowledge you have gained within the travel and tourism sector from current challenges and debates, to knowing how to manage tourist organisations and understanding employability.

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, 
  • A HE library and iLearn and 
  • Student services such as support for additional needs, counselling, finance and careers advice.

If you are studying with us for the first time and are on a full-time Level 4 or Level 6 course, you may be able to get a free Chromebook to support you in your studies. We can also provide you with an alternative device if the curriculum team states that this is necessary for your course.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications)

A Levels: 2xD grades

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject

GCSE English: 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

Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*2 years and over at the start of the course

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

Part Time: Students for part time study are required to hold a full level 3 qualification or the equivalent experience in a relevant subject and will need to be in employment.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management Top-up Degree or full-time employment. 

Job opportunities may include

  • Tourism supervisor/junior manager
  • Passenger service supervisor leading to management positions with experience
  • Business travel agent
  • Retail travel agent
  • Tour operations coordinator/agent
  • Hospitality coordinators
  • Retail travel agent
  • Tour operations supervisor leading to management positions with experience

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 Leeds City College regulations please click here.



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