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Travel & Tourism Management Foundation Degree (Sept '17)

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Course code: N800

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: Foundation Degree (FdA)

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Brighton MET

Duration: 2

Hours: Year 1 – 20 week teaching & 20 weeks work placement. Year 2 – 30 weeks teaching

Course duration: 2 years

Course aims:
The travel and tourism industry accounts for over 10 per cent of the UK's total employment and is now considered to be the world's biggest employer. There are thousands of jobs around the world in sales, marketing, management, public relations and customer service, covering everything from airlines and hotels to small tour operators and travel agencies.

On this course, delivered in the heart of Brighton, you'll learn how to apply management theory in practical placements and have collaborative working opportunities with other courses and events. The course also provides preparation for entry level management positions in the service sector.

Course content:
In this professionally oriented course, core modules are studied from October to Easter to prepare students for their work experience. From Easter, all students undertake 20 weeks of work experience in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included resorts in the USA, holiday companies around the Mediterranean, holiday homes operators in France and various UK tourism companies.

On their return in October, students choose from a range of options via which to specialise in various aspects of the industry.

Year 1

Travel Industry
Tourism Industry
People & Organisations
Managing a Service Business
Relationship Management
Introduction to Research Methods & Preparation for Placement

Year 2

Principles & Practice of Research Methods
Trends & Issues in Travel & Tourism
Work Placement
Creative Business Planning
Optional Modules (subject to viable student numbers)
Research Project
Travel Operations & Transport
Business Travel Management
Cost Accounting
Digital & Social Media Marketing
Managing People
Niche Tourism
Sustainable Tourism

Facilities for students:
Opportunities for local and overseas trips to investigate travel and tourism providers
Extensive library facilities
Computer pool rooms
Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities

The Course is staffed by lecturers who have extensive teaching and contemporary vocational experience. They have excellent links with travel and tourism providers both locally and further afield.

Assessment: Assessment will be varied and provide opportunities for development of analytical and presentation skills via essays, presentations, role-plays and debates. Individual and group projects provide graduated developmental opportunities for independent study. In some subjects examinations will be used to assess the acquisition of knowledge and to ensure a full range of assessment methods are experienced by students to prepare them for further study and life long learning.

Entry Requirements:
Individual offers may vary

UCAS tariff: 48 points, from a minimum of one 12-unit qualification. Level 3 Key Skills will count towards the tariff score. General Studies will count towards the tariff score.

International Baccalaureate: 24 points, certificates considered.

GCSE (minimum grade C): at least 3 subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

A proven ability in spoken and written English. IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

Relevant advanced apprenticeships considered.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Progression and links:
All higher education courses at Brighton MET focus on improving the employment prospects of graduates. Curriculum content is designed to cover the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Learning and teaching strategies reflect the workplace, and students are prepared for employment through various methods including work placements, assessment tasks that mirror industry and career and personal development planning. Many of our teaching staff have industry backgrounds and maintain freelance careers. External examiners have consistently commended the College on how it prepares students for work. In a 2011 inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency, the College was commended for its highly effective teaching and learning strategies to develop students’ employability.
Major employers include tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, tourist boards, information centres and local authorities. The industry offers particularly attractive opportunities to work around the world.

Successful graduates may have the opportunity to progress to a top-up honours degree course at the university.

Work experience opportunities:
20 weeks from Easter in year one to the start of year 2.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are £7750 for a Home/EU student and £9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.