BA (Hons) Tourism and Business Management Top-Up (2023 start)

Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: One year full-time

Be a part of this vibrant, expanding industry!

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Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Tourism and Business Management Top-Up (2023 start) programme

The tourism and events industry is predicted to be worth £257 billion to the British economy by 2025 (Visit Britain). It’s an industry that will recover quickly post-pandemic. 

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. 

Why don’t you be part of this vibrant expanding industry, and undertake one of our top-up degrees in tourism and business management at the purpose built University Centre Grimsby. 

The aims of the programme are to enable the students to enter the dynamic tourism industry, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, at management level. The team have looked at the major issues and changes that have impacted upon the tourism industry, especially within the UK but at an international level as well. We have developed close links with the NELC’s tourism and events team, and this is reflected within the development of the programme, along with many tourism-based organisations locally and internationally. However, the issues and changes affecting the local resort of Cleethorpes are replicated across the tourism industry both in the UK and abroad. These links will be utilised through guest lectures and other opportunities locally. 

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. 

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of 240 credits at level 4 and 5; e.g. Foundation degree in relevant area such as FD Tourism Management or FD Events Management. 

What you will learn

In the BA Tourism and Business Management top-up students will develop further the skills of management and digital-marketing, and how this relates to the modern tourism industry locally, nationally and internationally. The programme is split into two with two tourism modules – Event based tourism; and the Management of the tourism environment. Event based tourism looks at how events are used as lead into various tourist destinations as a marketing tool for that particular area and the associated impacts. Management of the tourism environment looks at tourism and the attractions that exist along with the tourism environment they are part of. The second part of the programme is the business part – Management in Practice; and Social Media and digital marketing. The Management in Practice module develops the management skills using case studies. The Social Media and Digital marketing module looks at cutting edge marketing and the new online techniques which have been developed and are widely used in the tourism industry. The final module is the dissertation which is a double module and can based on either a business or tourism topic of the student’s choice with help from their supervisor. 

Learning & Teaching Methods

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 Environ

Programme Benefits

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. 

What next?

Graduates from this programme normally go into managerial positions within the wider tourism industry both locally and nationally. However, many students gain employment within the general business sector from banking to HR. We have had previous students who have worked within airline management locally at Humberside Airport, some who have entered hotel management both in Cleethorpes, Nationally and internationally. We have had previous students who have become resort managers, and public sector tourism professionals.