This course will help you understand the changing nature of international tourism as it faces the challenge of rapid growth, emergence of new destinations, climate change, and the ethics of managing a business in which the prime attractions include the natural environment and people’s culture.
This course can result in the opportunity to follow vast number of careers in the tourism and hospitality industry to suit your particular interest, for example, tourism officer, tour operator, business and conference organisers, customer service manager, accommodation manager, tour manager, tourist information centre manager, and travel agency manager.
The University of Bedfordshire is a member of The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE). ATHE is the subject association for tourism in higher education in the UK. It represents universities that are leading providers of tourism programmes.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Areas of study may include:
- Business practice
- Tourism and hospitality industry: supply and demand
- Managing service and hospitality operations
- Critical Issues in Tourism and hospitality
- Sustainable development and destination management
The teaching strategy will help to develop your employability skill by involving you in the application of concepts in industry-related scenarios and practice-based experiences. In this way, you will develop and apply the skills necessary to work in the international tourism and hospitality industry. The distinctiveness of the course is reflected in the practice-based employability initiatives of the Business School, which you will be engaged in throughout your degree programme. These include company visits, talks from people within the industry, workshops and personal advice on developing a good CV, an intensive assessment centre exercise and, at the end of your course, activities to prepare for entering the workplace globally. This course offers a professional practice year opportunity for you to draw upon real life industry practice. In your final year of study you will be able to expand upon your career aspirations by conducting an in depth research project in your area of interest.
Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met. This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training