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BSc Tourism Management

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BSc Tourism Management

Overview

The details
Tourism Management
N832
October 2021
Full-time
3 years
Southend Campus

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?

The tourism industry will require resilience and adaptability in order to bounce back in a post-pandemic world. This degree will equip you with the skills you need to help face these challenges. For graduates who can combine management expertise with industry knowhow, travel, tourism and leisure holds exciting career opportunities.

This practical course in tourism management 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 and one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK.

This BSc Tourism Management course 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. We’re focused on responsible management and sustainable business, with our students and staff joining us from all over the world.

BSc Tourism Management can also be taken with an optional study abroad or placement year.

Why we're great.
  • Our Southend Campus is in one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK and less than an hour from London.
  • We develop your practical tourism management skills and knowledge
  • 93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Study abroad

The four-year version of this course enables you to study abroad during your third year. In all other areas, this version of the course remains identical to the standard three-year variant.

You can study abroad with one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan. In doing so, you experience other cultures and languages, meet new people, and gain intercultural skills that are sought-after by employers.

Placement year

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.

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

Our academics have a global understanding of business, specialising in both established and developing markets. They are at the forefront of entrepreneurship research and challenges effecting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and use this knowledge in their teaching to ensure your education is at the cutting-edge of real-world business issues.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • business-to-business relationship marketing
  • branding
  • marketing management
  • new product development
  • social entrepreneurship

Our highly regarded and dynamic faculty are well placed to bring their expertise to your study of Tourism Management Dr Wei Liu’s wide-ranging research interests include: Dark Tourism; Visitor Experience; Consumer Behaviour; and, Destination Marketing and Management.

Specialist facilities

Our BSc Tourism Management is 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. Make Southend your destination and immerse yourself by observing the tourism sector at a local, regional and international level.

We are just an hour’s train journey from the UK’s capital city, home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and London Southend Airport is just 15 minutes by taxi.

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:

  • Learning hub open 24/7with computer suites and study pods
  • extensive library
  • employability support, events and initiatives
  • study skills advice
  • dedicated student services team
  • dental practice
  • Faith Centre
  • our cosy SU Lounge, with pool tables and large-screen TV for socialising and relaxation!

The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.

Your future

The travel, tourism and hospitality sector is a huge employer of graduates and the skills you will gain in organisational efficiency and destination marketing strategy from your tourism management degree will prepare you for the more competitive roles that the sector offers.

This course is suited to those looking for a career in business management and marketing, as well as those looking for roles in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.

The BSc Tourism Management curriculum taught here embeds transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication across all modules.

The Study Skills module in year one will develop your academic skills, while the Student Success modules in year two will build on what you learned in year one and so that you can easily step up to meet the growing academic demands of your second and final years. The Successful Futures module in year two will foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.

As this course was only introduced in 2017, we are yet to see where BSc Tourism Management graduates take their skills to, but recent Essex Business School – Southend campus graduate destinations include:

  • Consultant at TEKsystems – a data insights and business systems provider
  • Associate Professional Business Analyst at DXC Technology – an end-to-end IT services company
  • Entrepreneur in Residence at Founders Factory - a tech startup business partnering company

The School will support you with a range of skills and careers opportunities, including: skills development workshops; employer talks; skills events and careers conferences.

BSc Tourism Management students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2021 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

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.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Structure

Course structure

The course structure is designed to balance a specialisation in tourism with a comprehensive understanding of all core areas of business management. In the first year you will cover the fundamentals that every business manager needs to know including topics such as entrepreneurship, economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing. Then in second and final year you will have some compulsory modules focussed on tourism and others designed to deepen your understanding of core business management topics. Your optional modules add flexibility for you to make the degree your own.

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

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.

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

Introduction to Accounting and Finance
(15 CREDITS)

It’s essential that every aspiring entrepreneur, manager and leader understands the basics of accounting and finance. In this introductory module you’ll explore the principles of financial and management accounting; the recording of transactions; the preparation of financial statements and their analysis; the principles of cost accumulation and decision making in businesses; techniques of cost control; the management of working capital; the sources of funding and investment appraisal. You’ll explore the key theories, carry out problem-solving exercises and learn how to apply these within companies.

View Introduction to Accounting and Finance on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Business Creation and Growth
(15 CREDITS)

If you’re looking to start your own business, or to help an existing business to grow, then this module provides the essential knowledge you’ll need. You develop a greater understanding of the various aspects involved in new venture creation and growth, from opportunity identification, evaluation and implementation through to continued growth and management. Using practical exercises, case studies and videos, you learn about the business life cycle from start-up to growth and maturity and explore business development from economic and behavioural perspectives.

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COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Business Economics
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces you to key economic theories and concepts, covering highly topical issues affecting the business world. Using real-life case studies, you explore the key microeconomics principles and concepts that can help to explain why economic activities occur and explore whether it is possible to improve economic situations for society.

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COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Introduction to International Business
(15 CREDITS)

At Essex Business School we’re proud of our international community, bringing international expertise into the classroom. In this module you are introduced to the global business environment and how this impacts upon corporations and their decision to operate internationally. You explore the different strategies organisations can adopt when entering international markets and examine aspects of managing multinational corporations, such as marketing, human resource management and global supply chain management.

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COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
(15 CREDITS)

Throughout your career you’ll likely need to make use of a wide variety of quantitative techniques, many of which can provide essential information to aid decision-making. In this module you gain a basic understanding of the wide variety of techniques available for analysis in business management. This is especially relevant in today's data-driven society, where large, complex data sets are widespread across many different sectors.

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COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Principles of Markets, Marketing and Selling
(30 CREDITS)

This module provides a broad introduction to marketing at national and international levels. You explore the marketing of both products and services in organisations of different sizes, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial organisations. You explore the marketing environment for new ventures and the challenges of marketing in regional, local and global marketplaces. Other topics include the use of marketing information and research, strategic marketing planning and the marketing mix.

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COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY

Professional and Academic Development
(15 CREDITS)

The Professional and Academic Development module helps you build a foundation in core academic skill requirements to help you improve the standard of your academic work across all of your first year modules. This module also introduces you to the themes of career planning and employability skills and establishing a career path.

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COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

Introduction to Tourism Management
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces key tourism concepts and examines the socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental context in which the industry operates. You explore the importance of tourism to the local, regional and global economy and gain an understanding of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. We introduce supply-side and demand-side tourism, destination management and sustainability issues. You examine the different roles of the tourist and host, including the impact of cultural change upon societies, and address the complexity of customer satisfaction.

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COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Organisational Behaviour and Management
(15 CREDITS)

To be an effective manager or leader, you need to understand organisational behaviour. This module provides awareness of the organisational factors and management processes influencing the behaviour and performance of people at work. You explore different perspectives on organisational processes, covering topics such as group development and teamwork, leadership, change management, organisational culture and development interventions.

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COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Consumer Behaviour
(15 CREDITS)

Examine the various determinants of consumer behaviour, the theories of consumer behaviour and their application to managerial decision-making. You also gain an appreciation of understanding consumer behaviour in areas of new product testing, and advertising, distribution and pricing research.

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COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Internationalisation of the Services Sector
(15 CREDITS)

This module explores how tourism products and services are distributed across the world. It looks at how the internet is transforming the ways in which new products are brought to market, including the emergence of new travel and tourism players, such as Airbnb. You explore the impacts of political, social and economic changes upon industry. Example topics include: international visitor flow, the global aviation and cruise industries, the internationalism of tourism labour markets, the sharing economy and space tourism.

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COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Business Research Methods
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces a number of business and management research methods, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and small business. You explore philosophical research issues, such as selecting appropriate research methods and judging the quality and value of findings. You learn how to write a research proposal and design and plan quantitative and qualitative research. This includes collecting data, analysing findings and presenting results.

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COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Professional and Academic Development 2
(15 CREDITS)

This module will give you a clear understanding of feedback, Dweck`s concept of a `growth mindset`, and how you can use these to improve your studies and career. We want you to have a passion for learning, a willingness to challenge yourself, and an eagerness to learn from mistakes, so this module will help you to understand group work and presentations and to acquire the relevant skills to successfully undertake both. The module also serves as a bridge for your final year, so that students should be able to understand the expectations of the final year and the possible career paths you can take after you graduate, and how you can use summer vacations to get ahead.

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COMPONENT 07: OPTIONAL

Option(s) from list
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

Tourism Operations
(15 CREDITS)

This module explores the breadth of tourism operations, including large scale events, attractions, gaming entertainment, incentive travel and the lodging business. We equip you with the conceptual framework and practical skills needed to project manage and control sustainable tourism operations and events. You learn about the supply of food and beverages and the organisation of staff, suppliers and contractors. We discuss service design and improvement, funding, sponsorship, marketing, public relations and cross-cultural awareness.

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COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Tourism Marketing
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces key theoretical concepts, issues and trends in tourism marketing. You explore the complexities and challenges of destination marketing, including the need to persevere societal and environmental sustainability of tourist destinations. Topics include integrated communications and marketing channels, services marketing, product development, destination partnerships, place strategy and pricing.

View Tourism Marketing on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Communication and Intercultural Skills
(15 CREDITS)

To succeed in international management, it is vital to appreciate the cultural differences of your staff and customers. This module aims to equip you with the necessary communication and intercultural skills needed to manage people from different cultures in a changing and competitive global landscape. We explore theories of culture and develop your cultural self-awareness and confidence to manage across national boundaries in a highly interconnected world.

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COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Business Strategy
(30 CREDITS)

Enhance your understanding of the concepts and nature of strategy and its interactions with the macro environment, industries/sectors and business operations. You develop your skills analysing opportunities and threats, managing strategic capability and resources, understanding competitive advantage, competition and collaboration, directions and methods of business development, as well as managing strategic change.

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COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Research Project - Tourism Management
(15 CREDITS)

This module enables you to put your knowledge into practice by undertaking an applied research project, such as a business plan or dissertation, on your choice of tourism topic. You may choose to draw on the course’s unique location in Southend-on-Sea, one of the South of England’s most famous seaside resorts, or its close proximity to London tourist attractions.

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COMPONENT 06: OPTIONAL

Option from list
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY

Career Skills in Business
(0 CREDITS)

This module will help you to understand the interests, skills and competencies which are relevant to your future career choices. You will learn how to find the graduate-level roles and career paths available to business students and you will learn about the skills necessary to successfully compete in the graduate labour market after you graduate.

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Teaching

  • You learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, class exercises and case studies.
  • Presentations and notes are uploaded online before lectures to help you prepare.
  • You complete your final year project in consultation with a personal supervisor.

Assessment

You are assessed through in-class tests, coursework and end-of-year exams.

Dissertation

You undertake an applied research project, such as a tourism business plan or dissertation, in your final year. This can be on your choice of topic, but your work must be related to travel and tourism.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250

International fee

£17,700

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

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