Tourism Management

BA Hons

  • UCAS: N832
  • Typical length: 3 years
  • Typical offer: 260 UCAS points


Tourism is one of the world’s largest and most rapidly expanding industries, offering diverse job opportunities. Our degree offers the ability to find your place in this exciting and dynamic industry. It provides a solid grounding in the essentials of travel and tourism management, along with a focus on key tourism issues: destination management, the event industry and travel management.

The course develops an understanding of how tourists and the tourism industries interact with a particular location and what the impact of this can be. You will also be able to examine the role of cultural attractions and festivals in tourism and to explore how you can tap into niche markets and special interests.

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Most of our courses have a common first year, which introduces you to the basics of business. During this year you may decide that your chosen specialism is not for you, and we have ensured that our courses are flexible enough to allow you to change your degree subject at the end of your first year, should you wish.

As you go into second year, you will study research methods and engage in more independent study. The culmination of your course will be a dissertation or independent study project, allowing you to explore an area of your studies that you find especially interesting. Although much of your course will be tailored by you - with free electives and independent research - you will be allocated a personal supervisor on arrival, who you can use to discuss your academic progress, get help with issues affecting your course, or just go for a friendly chat.

Core modules include Travel Industry Management, Destination Planning and Management, Marketing Services to Customers and Visitors, Special Interest Tourism.


Our typical offer is 260 UCAS points (from three A levels or equivalent), but applications from those without formal qualifications are welcomed – and we allow entry to the second or final year on the strength of appropriate prior study and qualifications.

For those whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry, we offer a foundation year which enables progression to the first year of any of the Business School’s degree courses (and some courses in other departments).

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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The course is accredited by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, a respected UK professional body for the industry.

Being based at Scarborough – recently recognised as the most enterprising place in Europe – makes it an ideal place to study tourism. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the continuing development of the town and its tourism industry, gaining invaluable experience and insight.


Our business degree courses have a common first year (except BSc Economics (Econ) ). This gives you the flexibility to change to any of our business degree courses at the end of your first year, if you decide that your chosen specialism is not for you.

Skills for work

Our dedicated World of Work Office will connect you with businesses and keep you up to date with relevant work placements, company projects and job opportunities and skills to help give you the edge in the employment market.

Our annual World of Work Week offers a wide range of events and guest speakers from companies like Accenture, IBM and Procter & Gamble, providing business-focused career advice.

Our professional experience programme provides the opportunity to spend a year in the workplace, with companies like IBM, Boots, BP, Microsoft UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Walt Disney Company.

International experience

All business students have the opportunity to spend an additional international year studying business at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia.

A summer school at one of our international partner institutions is a great way to enhance your degree with international experience.

Our students can attend a credit-bearing three week summer school to further enhance graduate employability.

Career development

Our free Alumni Connect scheme is open to all graduates and provides a wide range of career resources, online events and country-specific recruitment guides, all designed to enhance your career long after graduation.


There are great opportunities in a wide range of international locations for graduates with skills and expertise in tourism management. Local authorities are also keen to find high-quality managers for their tourism departments, and the private sector offers a host of career openings within the diverse services that it provides, from travel agencies to attractions and the hospitality sector. Recent graduates have secured business and management roles within organisations such as English Heritage, Britannia Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, and Scarborough Tourist Office.

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