Foundation Degree (FdA) Travel and Tourism Management
Methods of teaching and learning:
Students will normally be expected to attend College for 2 days a week over the two 15 week academic semesters each year. Students will also be required to spend additional time researching and learning.
This course is designed to enable students to develop their learning through the world of work and involve employers in supporting staff development. Teaching will be through a mix of workshops, lectures, tutorials and self-directed study, again with an emphasis on business practice.
- The individual in the travel and tourism sector
- Skills for work 1 and 2
- Advanced higher learning and research skills
Generic management modules
- Principles and functions of management
- Personnel training in the service sector
- Marketing, branding and merchandising
- Small business enterprise and finance
Pathway specific modules
- Elements of package travel
- Tourist destinations or Countryside and the environment
- Hospitality in tourism
- Planning for travel and tourism
- Visitor attractions and heritage management
Applicants should have a relevant New Diploma, GNVQ Advanced, A Levels, NVQ Level 3, UCAS tariff of 80 points (but 120 is normal), completion of a course over two years at Level 3, or completion of an Access course. Plus GCSEs in Maths and English or other appropriate awards at grades A* - C.
Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may apply and will need to demonstrate that they are able to study at Higher Education level, usually by taking a written test.
All applicants may be required to undertake certain diagnostic tests in literacy and application of number. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show an IELT score of at least 6.0.
Our programmes are always highly relevant to current industrial practice through regular staff industry up-dating, current 'live' case studies, visiting speakers from industry and so on. Our graduates are highly attractive to employers and quickly find appropriate, rewarding jobs. The Hotel School has an international reputation for excellence and has been awarded National Skills Academy status for Hospitality. It is, however, small enough in terms of student numbers to offer a supportive learning environment where students are able to develop close working relationships with staff.
The course is open to anyone interested in, or currently working in the travel and tourism industry, whose career progression would be enhanced by undertaking study at this level. The course starts with a meeting engaging all prospective students and their employer mentors to agree on the scope of work that will be undertaken during each year.
All modules have at least one major piece of coursework and some seminar work. Some modules also have timed exercises/exams which are often 'open book'. You will normally need to achieve a mark of 40% or more in all areas of assessment to gain the module's credits.
The programme provides an articulated progression route onto an Honours Degree programme in subject related disciplines, commonly the BA (Hons) Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management.
FdA graduates may progress to alternative Honours degree programmes, with articulated progression routes within City College including BA (Hons) Business Management and the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management.
The Foundation programme can take you into operational management within the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors, or owner management of small tourism businesses.