According to Visit Britain, “Britain will have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025 – just under 10% of UK GDP and supporting almost 3.8 million jobs” The tourism industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries not just in the UK but worldwide. The industry is of vital importance to the local North East Lincolnshire economy with visitor numbers of five million generating over £200 million to the local economy. It’s a multi-disciplinary industry centred round the seaside town of Cleethorpes and beyond. Incorporating coast and countryside.
This fast growing tourism industry is eager to employ qualified individuals that can demonstrate a capacity for management. This Foundation Degree has been developed through consultation with local, national and international employers and has been specifically designed with the needs of the local and national tourism industry in mind. The programme focuses on developing practical skills that will enable students to achieve both career goals and personal goals in particular the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Tourism and Business Management Top Up degree at UCG.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points at A’ Level or Level 3 equivalent. An interview will be required for those with non-comparable tourism/event led qualifications. The Institute encourages applications from those who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an essay (1500 words) which is assessed and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Lectures, interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, student-led seminars, tutor-led seminars and peer support. Throughout the teaching the emphasis will be made on context and application of theory to practice in a tourism and business management environment. In the learning and teaching approach we will utilise the tourism teams experience and contacts throughout the tourism industry both locally and internationally in the public and private sectors. The students will have the opportunity of producing ‘real life’ projects to benefit tourism in our locality which will hopefully be used by the local tourism industry. The opportunity for this is in both the Management of the Tourism Environment module; and Event Based Tourism module.
Students will gain a knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of business management within a tourism and business context including the concepts and principles needed in the workplace at management level.
Employability skills are embedded in the delivery, especially when considering the specific modules which develop both relevant tourism management skills along with general business management and marketing skills. This builds upon the work experience that the students already have having come on to the programme via the relevant Foundation Degree.