2012/13 International Travel and Tourism Management
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Entry Conditions top
You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).
A minimum of 260 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BCC.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 260 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BBCCC.
International students must provide evidence of competency in written and spoken English. Non English speaking applicants must have an IELTs score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 550.
Duration and Mode of Attendance top
On a full time basis – 4 years.
On a part time basis - 5 years.
The Programme top
This honours degree course is a vocationally orientated degree aimed at those whose principal career aspiration is in the field of international travel and tourism management. The course provides the opportunity to gain a systematic understanding of the theoretical knowledge and technological skills and competencies essential for career progression within the many varied sectors of the travel and tourism industry. In Year one you will, through Study and Research Skills, develop and build on the necessary research and information technology skills required in a qualification at honours degree level and to work effectively in the industry. Introduction to the Tourism Industry sets the scene for the course and examines the tourism phenomenon through the core concepts involved. Contemporary Markets brings both a topical and international flavour to your study by examining niche markets and emerging/growing forms of tourism.
Organisations and People provide you with key knowledge and skills in relation to working as part of an organisation today. Travel Trade and Holiday Law covers various aspects of the travel industry including some introductory aspects to the transportation side of tourism. Global Destinations examines a variety of tourism destinations from around the world and investigates what makes them popular with the tourist.
Food and Wine Tourism offers the opportunity to study this interesting growth area, investigating a range of the world’s cuisine and wine regions.
In Year two the specialist areas of e-Leisure &Tourism develops the knowledge and skills in the field of e-Business while Transportation Operations focuses on the airlines, airport management, cruising. You will cover core managerial modules while a range of electives permits the choice of studying a specialism such as MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Sports Tourism or Language (French, German or Spanish).
The third year comprises a national or international 48week paid work placement in a sector of the tourism industry, selected in conjunction with the placement tutor. During this year you undertake additional placement related duties. Some students use this period as an opportunity to travel and work with internationally based companies – CIE Tours, Walt Disney World (USA) Friendship Travel (Greece), Hallmark Aviation Services and Aer Lingus or opt to be UK based with companies such as Aviance, or with District Councils and Tourist Centres.
In the final year specialist modules such as Tourism Planning and Development and International Tourism Management alongside electives such as Festivals and Cultural Tourism are designed to meet your career aspirations. These interrelate with the key managerial elements to ensure you are provided with the knowledge, skills and applied concepts necessary for a managerial career with Travel and Tourism. A choice between a research paper or a business plan completes this final year.
Upon the successful completion of the honours degree it is expected that graduates, in addition to the expectations of the degree, will have demonstrated an ability to initiate and sustain in-depth research and present a major project of work relating to the industry. This qualification will open the door to a world of new opportunities and provide an appropriate balance of knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the industry at management level at home or abroad.
Structure and Content top
Travel Trade and Holiday Law
Study & Research Skills
Introduction to the Industry
Organisations and People
Plus select one from the following
Food and Wine tourism
E-Leisure and Tourism
Human Resource Issues
Please select one from the following
International Tourism Management
Tourism Planning & Development
Services Marketing Management
Human Resource Management
Plus one from the following
Festivals and Cultural Accounting
Exemptions and Transferability top
If you have already obtained a qualification in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND, you may be considered for exemptions and/or advanced entry to later years of the programme.
Professional Recognition top
The BSc Hons International Travel and Tourism Management degree is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the professional body of managers in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries.
Accreditation entitles graduates to apply to the Institute for Associate membership. Graduates with appropriate management experience may be eligible for the Member (MIH) grade.
Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities top
Graduates will have the relevant managerial skills to participate fully in this exciting and dynamic industry. Whether their preference is public or private sector, a diverse range of career opportunities will be open to graduates – from airlines to tourist boards, theme parks to heritage sites, travel agencies to cruise lines, airport management to tour operators and the list goes on. This qualification can transform your future in terms of career opportunities with a real international dimension. This qualification offers a world of opportunities in terms of career options in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries. The travel and tourism industry is composed of a diverse range of sectors and employers such as national tourist organisations, airlines, visitor attractions (eg. theme/amusement parks, natural landscape sites, castles, museums etc), tour operators, event venues, ferry/cruise companies, airport operations and management etc. You also have the opportunity to pursue avenues such as teaching, lecturing, training, research and consultancy in relation to tourism.
On attaining the required grades, successful graduates will have the opportunity to continue their studies within the school by applying for the MSc in International Tourism Development, MSc in International Hotel and Tourism Management or MSc in Events Management.
Teaching Methods and Assessment top
The majority of modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and open and closed book examinations and class tests. Coursework can include case studies, oral presentations, together with individual and group assignments. Final Year students also produce an individual Research Paper or a Business Plan.