Undergraduate Course

BA Hotel Management

BA Hotel Management

Overview

The details
Hotel Management
NV62
January 2022
Full-time
9 months
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

The BA (Hons) Hotel Management Top Up offers a progression route for applicants who wish to complete their BA (Hons) degree after completing an appropriate Level 5 qualification (such as HND, Advanced Diploma or Foundation degree). The Top Up is the last eight months of the accelerated BA (Hons) Hotel Management degree and encompasses the theory and practical experience you will need for a successful career in the hospitality industry.

For accurate and up to date information regarding this course, structure and fee information, please email us at ehs@essex.ac.uk.

The course combines hotel experience in Wivenhoe House, a 4* country house hotel on Essex’s Colchester campus, with industry-relevant business management lectures to prepare you to become a successful manager.

With a student experience unlike any other, it may come as no surprise that the Edge Hotel School is ranked 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction for Tourism, Transport and Travel in the National Student Survey 2021. This result follows the previous ranking of 1st in the UK in the NSS2020, demonstrating a consistent level of excellence in delivering an exceptional student experience.

The top up degree will enable candidates to update their vocational skills, competences and knowledge of the industry. They will have the opportunity to develop and unlock their professional capabilities. The course has a high profile with members of the industry and is heavily industry engaged .

The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience, where you will get the best of both worlds. Not only will you graduate from a leading university* - you will refine your industry knowledge and professional skills by gaining valuable experience in a fully-commercial 4* hotel alongside your studies.

*The University of Essex is Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017).

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.

Why we're great.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK offering experience in a fully-commercial 4* hotel.
  • Academic teaching that reflects the movements and innovation of the hospitality sector.
  • Outstanding preparation for employment through innovative combination of professional experience and academic learning
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our staff includes lecturers with both professional as well as academic backgrounds to ensure you are taught by people with industry-relevant experience themselves. Among our academic staff are published authors including a former hotel General Manager, a Food and Beverage Manager for award-winning cruise lines, an organiser of the BRIT Awards and London Fashion Week and a Dr. (PhD) with international research experience.

Specialist facilities

Your future

The skills you will gain throughout your (BA) Hotel Management Top Up will be transferable to a range of working environments within the hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants, resorts and event management. There are opportunities throughout the course to meet hotel general managers and recruitment managers to further your professional network.

Graduates of the Hotel Management programme have gone onto careers in:

  • Hotel management
  • Food and beverage management
  • Housekeeping
  • Guest experience
  • Interior design
  • Marketing and sales
  • Restaurant management
  • Events management
  • Airlines and airport operations

"With over 35 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, successfully developing young individuals had been a constant throughout my career. It was with this scope in mind that I began my academic journey here at the Edge Hotel School with the BA Hotel Management Top Up degree that has led to my becoming a lecturer and PhD researcher here at the University of Essex."

Dimitri Lera, BA Hotel Management Top Up graduate and current Edge Hotel School lecturer.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: English Language C/4, or equivalent. We are able to consider a range of equivalent qualifications, including Level 2 functional skills or a demonstration of the use of English through essay-based subjects at either GCSE or A-level equivalent. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for further details.

Applicants for the Top Up should hold a Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area (e.g. business, hospitality, tourism or events)

All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the point of registration.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.5 overall. 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

Structure

Course structure

Below is just a example of some of the modules from the current academic year. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Level 6 (8 months) Top Up modules

  • Industry Context 3
  • This module will enable you to think in more strategic terms. You will learn how organisations can evaluate their current operational and financial situation and the external environment that impact their businesses and how, in an incredibly turbulent environment, they can build resilience, innovation and flexibility into their future operations.
  • Hotel Operations 3
  • This module will enable you to propose significant change throughout a business and to evaluate the potential impact on its finances. You will reflect on options for organisational strategic direction as well as working on a case study to put your recommendations in to practice.
  • The Customer Experience 3
  • This module tests your ability to create a marketing plan for a business of your choice. It will require innovation and creativity to generate an idea for a viable, pragmatic hospitality or event business and to write a professional marketing plan, designed to attract future investors.
  • Human Resources
  • This module will enable you to understand the fundamentals of Human Resource Management within a business. The module covers legislation, recruitment, talent management and managing performance. You will write a Human Resource policy document to support your business or business idea.
  • Research Project (Dissertation)
  • This module is an opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing. With the support of your own individual tutor, you will produce a significant piece of research that may involve working with relevant individuals or organisations from industry, professional and personal networks and others.
  • Consultancy Project
  • This module is your chance to work with and develop relationships with an industry client. With the support of an academic supervisor, you will test your business acumen and creativity on a project that could be of direct commercial benefit to the sponsors company. Topics can range from improving a businesses Human Resources, Marketing or Operational strategy to the development of environmental policies or organisational re-branding. It will involve both writing a professional consultancy report as well as presenting to the sponsoring industry client.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

Industry Context 3
(15 CREDITS)

You will analyse the strategic implications of managing within dynamic industry environments and evaluate the necessary theories, tools and skills needed to develop realistic, coherent and effective business strategy. You will analyse the nature of change and change management strategies within the industry with consideration for innovation. You will evaluate the important role technology is playing in regards to strategy, change and innovation within the industry.

View Industry Context 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Hotel Operations 3
(15 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to critically evaluate and apply knowledge and skills in strategic and performance management in your development as a leader of high performance teams to deliver business excellence. You will analyse and apply key concepts, tools and processes to develop relevant, realistic, coherent and creative business strategy. The module will develop skills and knowledge to enable you to critically analyse business performance, interpret the key performance indicators and utilise appropriate tools, techniques and technology for effective planning and review of finance and quality. You will evaluate approaches and characteristics of effective leadership of high performance teams.

View Hotel Operations 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

The Customer Experience 3
(15 CREDITS)

This module will explore your understanding of the importance of the centrality of the customer experience. You will develop critical understanding of the nature of the service encounter and how the quality and consistency of the customer experience is determined by all of the components in delivering the customer service encounter. The management of the quality of the customer service encounter will also be put in practice.

View The Customer Experience 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Human Resource Management
(15 CREDITS)

During this module you will evaluate the concept of strategic Human Resource Management and critically analyse retention, engagement and performance management within hospitality operations.

View Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: CORE

Dissertation
(30 CREDITS)

For your 8,000 word dissertation, you will manage a piece of individual research in the context of the commercial hospitality industry. You will be expected to demonstrate expertise with a range of business data, research resources and methodologies, as well as personal communication skills.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: CORE

Consultancy Project
(30 CREDITS)

The Consultancy Project consists of an individual report, a group presentation and a group report focusing on a project in the hospitality industry. Working with fellow students you will work with an external hospitality client to resolve an issue that they are facing using research, data and analysis.

View Consultancy Project on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • The Top Up will last 8-months, as it is comprised of the final level of the full BA Hotel Management course.
  • In the Level 6, you will have up to 18 weeks of teaching, 3 weeks gaining experience in the hotel and 5 weeks self-study, in addition to your holidays.
  • During a teaching week you would spend around 10 hours per week in lectures, or smaller seminars. This may fluctuate at times during the course.
  • Your hotel experience on this programme will consist of 13 shifts split over 3 weeks - Restaurant and Night Porter, Events and Housekeeping, and Duty Manager - all for one week.
  • Our Top Up, like our accelerated degrees, does not follow the standard termly timetable, and students are expected to continue their academic and hotel work over the Summer, Easter and Christmas periods. Further information for the course is available on the by contacting our professional services team at ehs@essex.ac.uk.

Assessment

Your Hotel Management degree has been designed to provide a mix of assessment approaches, including:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Posters
  • Presentations
  • Reflective statements
  • Reports
  • The Professional Performance Assessment (PPA) which takes the form of an interview is used throughout our courses to allow you to reflect, practise and improve your interview skills before embarking on interviews for your first graduate role.
  • The Professional Code of Conduct is an important part of your assessment. It focuses on areas that are important for future managers such as attendance, punctuality and team working. The Professional Code of Conduct is available in your Student Handbook.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250

International fee

£16,850

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home/UK fees and funding information

International fees and funding information

What's next

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2021 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021

Applying

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are 'L' and 'S' respectively.

You can find further information on how to apply, including information on transferring from another university, applying if you are not currently at a school or college, and applying for readmission on our How to apply and entry requirements page.

Applicant Days and interviews

We offer applicants the chance to visit on an Applicant Day so that you would be able to visit our campus and learn a bit more about the department. Applicants are invited to these once they have received an offer of study. If you would like bespoke information regarding the Top Up, Edge Hotel School and Wivenhoe House Hotel, we would be happy to organise an online Zoom session to discuss. You can organise this by emailing at ehs@essex.ac.uk.

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