This course is a two-year foundation degree that will teach you the main ideas you need for a successful career in the events and entertainment industry. It sets you up to advance your degree to a full honours with the BA (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) course.
The tourism and events industry is a major part of the global economy, with a huge number of graduate opportunities available. This course will help you explore and express your unique interests, personalising your education experience to help you get the career you want.
The FdA (Hons) Tourism and Events degree gives you an understanding of the major issues in the industry, including the latest trends and practices in the management of the customer experience. You’ll benefit from the University’s well-developed links with global professional organisations and regular guest lectures to give you first-hand knowledge of the sector.
The University prides itself on its use of innovative teaching methods, including Virtual and Augmented reality teaching to help you to develop an understanding of global tourism. Traditional teaching methods such as classroom learning is complemented by field and study trips, company visits and activities like the Santander Enterprise Challenge and the Business Enterprise Challenge. This diverse range of teaching methods enriches your experience and gives you the deepest possible understanding of the subject.
The course will teach you to think critically and become knowledgable independent learners with a wide range of transferrable skills highly sought after by top employers.
Students will also undertake work-based practice in an organisational setting of their choice. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to choose assessments that are consistent with their learning styles.

Course Content
Level 4
  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • The Role of Marketing in Tourism and Events Management
  • Leading and Managing Tourism and Events Organisations
  • Legal Issues in Tourism and Events Organisations
level 5
  • Tourism Trends and Practices
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Exploring MICE: meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions
  • Environmental Issues in Hospitality and Events
Course structure

Teaching on the FdA (Hons) Tourism and Events degree includes a combination of taught face-to-face modules and self-study. The classes will draw on your own work experience, combining your knowledge with theory to teach you how to apply the latest academic thought to real-world examples.
The University prides itself on helping you to become independent researchers. Along with access to our well-equipped academic Library, you’ll have access to training on a variety of digital platforms, helping you learn the transferrable skills expected from top employers.
You will work individually and in groups to understand and present the key concepts in tourism and events theory, being able to provide critique and counter-arguments. Along with group presentations, the course is assessed through a serious of written course work, examinations, oral presentations and visual methods such as posters. You will have access to detailed and informative feedback for each piece of assessed work, with the aim of helping you to look at your work through a critical lens and develop academically.

Entry requirements
The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree. The degree is also ideal if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are, for example, a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

  • Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Career ready

The course content on the Foundation degree in Tourism and Events Management reflects our close links with employers and our teaching emphasises the connections between theories and practice.

Many of our graduates from our Tourism courses have gone on to managerial roles in the industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies.

Partner University
University of Sunderland - London Campus 

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