About the course
Do you want to work in an exciting and professional industry with strong opportunities for career progression? How would you take advantage of learning in the heart of a renowned tourist destination? Could you join one of the UK’s top business schools?
Generating one in every eleven jobs, travel and tourism is one of the largest sectors in the world. Globally, the industry is forecast dramatic growth over the next decade. In the UK, a weakening Pound following the Brexit referendum is set to make Britain an even more attractive holiday destination.
For graduates who can combine management expertise with industry knowhow, travel, tourism and leisure holds exciting career opportunities.
This practical course provides industry-specific knowledge and applied management skills so you can excel in a career in travel, tourism, event management and customer service. Your introductory first year grounds you in the main functional areas of business, so you also have the flexibility to enter any area of management or start your own tourism business.
You have the option to undertake an industry work placement year to further enhance your CV and can tailor your studies to your interests with a choice of optional modules.
You study a broad range of topics, such as:
- tourism management and operations
- the organisation, design and promotion of large scale events
- destination marketing and consumer behaviour
- intercultural management and globalisation
- the meeting, incentive travel and exhibition sector (MICE)
- the services industry and customer satisfaction
- organisational behaviour
- ecommerce and innovation
- business strategy and entrepreneurship
In your final year, you put your knowledge into practice by completing an applied research project, such as a business plan or dissertation, on your choice of tourism topic. This practical assignment could make use of Essex Business School’s unique location in Southend-on-Sea, a seaside tourist and leisure destination just an hour from the UK’s capital city.
BSc Tourism Management develops your critical thinking, analytical, communication and intercultural skills. We explore tourism at both international and domestic (UK) levels and examine its importance to the local, regional and global economy.
You learn about the sector’s structure and organisation and the factors determining the success of a tourist destination. By examining issues such as environmental sustainability, as well as the cultural, societal and political context in which tourism operates, you can develop the confidence to solve existing and future industry challenges.
Studying abroad and experiencing another culture can increase your employability in a sector defined by international travel.
BSc Tourism Management gives you the option to study abroad, extending your degree by a year. Unlike some other universities, we don’t charge tuition fees during your year abroad (2017 entry) and your course content otherwise remains the same as our standard three-year version.
As well as giving you the chance to learn about management in another country, living and studying abroad gives you a better understanding of cultural sensitivities. This is a vital skill when providing a service to international customers and can make you a more attractive candidate in competitive tourism roles. Studying abroad can show employers you’re mature, adaptable and organised, as well as giving you the chance to travel.
We have exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
Alternatively, you could decide to enhance your career by undertaking a placement year. You may decide to seek a role at a tourism organisation, such as a tour operator, tourist attraction or local council, and you will not be charged tuition fees during this year (2017 entry).
Our location in a thriving tourist and leisure destination could provide a number of exciting work experience opportunities. Our campus has direct links to London, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and hotels.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications on the island of St Maarten, BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
Our expert staff
Essex Business School staff join us from all over the world. Our international academics bring a range of global perspectives to their teaching, so you learn how to manage diverse cultures in an ever-changing and highly competitive global reality.
You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track records. Their work places us in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). We are ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014), ensuring our teaching is always up-to-date with current and emerging management trends.
You are based at our Southend Campus, a dynamic seaside resort and one of the South of England’s most famous tourist destinations. Southend-on-Sea is home to the world’s longest pier, a theme park, leisure attractions and a wealth of holiday accommodation, providing potential opportunities for work experience and useful context for your assignments. London Southend Airport is also close by.
We are just an hour’s train journey from the UK’s capital city, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions.
Our campus is situated in the heart of the town centre, with a host of restaurants, bars and shops, and just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront.
You have access to excellent facilities, including:
- 24-hour computer suites and study pods
- extensive library
- employability support, events and initiatives
- study skills advice
- GP, dental practice and multi-faith chaplaincy
- our cosy SU Longue, with pool tables and large-screen TV
This course is suited to those looking for a career in business management, as well as those looking for roles such as:
- Travel Agency Manager or agent
- Hospitality Manager
- Tour Manager
- Meeting, Convention and Event Manager
- Tourism Officer
- Customer Service Manager
- Marketing Executive
In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
Our recent graduates work for high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs around the world. Many have also started their own successful businesses, such as crowdfunded events business Zizzy Bar which has more than 10,000 Instagram followers.
Essex Business School works closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to provide access to work experience, internships, placements, voluntary opportunities and employer talks.
UK entry requirements
GCSE: Mathematics C
IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C or above.
Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.