Undergraduate study
Tourism and Aviation

This course is in Clearing Clearing 2016

FdA Tourism and Aviation

UCAS code: N846 FdA/TAv

Our innovative FdA Tourism and Aviation programme is the only one of its kind in the North East of England. With a combination of modules across the travel, tourism and aviation sectors, and tailored and contextualised assessments to support your subject strengths, this programme will widen your knowledge of the industry.

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  • Length: 2 years

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2016 entry


  • Not available part-time

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£500 cash available to kick-start your degree – for travel, accommodation or other living expenses

Eligibility criteria apply


Over £260m invested in our town-centre campus for your improved student and learning experience

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88% of students would recommend Teesside University to others
(National Student Survey 2016)

Why choose Teesside

Our students have gone on to successful careers with prestigious, leading companies such as British Airways and Jet2 and have also gone into the events sector at local wedding venues and country mansions. Students have the opportunity to top-up to a relevant BA (Hons) with a further year of full-time study.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College and delivered at the Stockton campus (campus code 3, call 01642 865400).


Year 1 core modules

Aviation Sector Operations

This module provides a brief overview of the structure of the Aviation industry, including the key organisations and their roles. It provides detailed coverage of aviation regulation and legislation. Additionally, key aspects of operations management (such as teamwork and health and safety) are covered.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This module aims to provide an introduction to the main principles of marketing as it impacts on a changing and competitive environment. It also aims to define its relationship between the organisation and the outside world. The module will focus on the fundamental principles of marketing and will challenge conventional thinking suggested by relationship marketing theory. In addition, the module will focus on a range of topical issues, as well as advertising, public relations and retailing in marketing and in so doing, will expose students to areas of marketing that they may wish to study further.

ICT in Travel and Tourism

This module will enable the learner to develop an appreciation of operational benefits of Information Technology (I.T.) on the travel and tourism industry. It will introduce learners to the fast changing nature of IT, current developments and their effects on the management of information. It will provide learners with the practical skills to make full use of that technology. Learners will examine trends in IT and consider the implications of technological developments upon the industry.

Managing and Developing People

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the main theories of Human Resource Management (HRM) and how they are applied within a practical setting. The module will provide the necessary theoretical and practical underpinning necessary to the comprehension and analysis of the nature of HRM

Managing Financial Resources

The aim of the module is to equip learners with techniques that will enable them to participate in the efficient management of the financial resources of the organisation. This covers the planning and budgeting process through to the evaluation of performance. This process includes decision making based on financial data; preparing budgets and analysing performance against budget; looking to ways to add value.

The Work Environment and Self-analysis

This module is designed to support learners in coping with HE level study. It is specifically for work-based learners and addresses the development of key personal skills. The delivery encourages the students to actively participate in their own learning process through small group activities, peer-reviewed presentations and learning contracts. This module develops the capacity of individuals to reflect upon their own learning and achievement and to design their Personal Development Journal.


Year 2 core modules

Aviation Sector Management

This module enables students to study the aviation sector at a management level. It examines human resource issues, as well as the strategic marketing of the industry. An additional emphasis is placed on the external impacts of the aviation industry, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Managing Customer Service for Travel and Tourism

Through this module, learners will develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage customer services, through an understanding of organisations promoting a customer focussed culture. Learners will examine the nature of a customer service culture within travel and tourism environments and associated sectors through a detailed evaluation of travel and tourism industry customer service policies and procedures. They will also develop an appreciation of the importance of information gathered from customers and its relevance to improved delivery of services using a range of research methods. Learners will be expected to develop management skills through the creation of a customer service policy and related procedure which will be linked to the placement secured in the Work Related Project module.

Tourism Development

This module will provide students with an understanding of the process of tourism development using local, national and international case studies. Students will be introduced to approaches to tourism planning and the role agents play in this. Regeneration will also be explored using a range of case studies. The need for sustainable tourism will be examined alongside the impacts of development upon the host and guest communities. In addition current issues surrounding the development of special interest tourism will be considered.

Travel and Tourism Business

This module is focussed on the development of the travel and tourism industry post war. It enables learners to examine key UK and EU organisations and their role within the industry. Additionally learners will be required to identify detailed evidence of UK, EU and international trade and business and the effects they have on the travel and tourism sector.

Work-related Project

This module builds on the learning from the Self Analysis and Career Development module. The learning takes place in the workplace, either the normal place of work or a placement appropriate to the sector of study. The module is project based, mainly. The individual should identify a significant aspect of dysfunction in the organisation, identify the underlying factors and develop proposals for how that problem can be addressed. This will be agreed between the student, the employer and the tutor. The module also builds on the Personal Development Plan which the student produced in the Self Analysis and Career Development module in year one of the programme. The individual will reflect on the original personal development plan, drawing on and analysing the learning they have received throughout the programme together with the development of individual key skills. An updated plan will be produced.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Lectures and seminars are delivered by industry specialist staff with current and first-hand experience from across the disciplines of the travel, tourism and aviation sectors. The programme enables the acquisition of appropriate background knowledge and development of broader academic skills. You are then expected to expand your knowledge and skills further through independent, directed learning. On some occasions learning takes place in a placement/work-based setting.

How you are assessed

The knowledge and skills developed through the course are assessed in a variety of ways, using both in-course and end assessments. Methods include reports, essays, projects, case studies, examination, individual or group presentation, group activity and a personal development portfolio. The business related modules will have a travel, tourism or aviation focus and are contextualised to enable learners to focus on their strengths.

Career opportunities

The course provides students with a range of subject specific and business modules that provide an excellent balance and flexibility that can lead to a range of careers across the sectors. The travel, tourism and aviation sectors are vast and dynamic offering a wide range of career opportunities. Typical areas of the industry which you could progress into include tour operations (UK and overseas), conference and events management, travel agency operations, the aviation sector (airlines and airports), public sector tourism in the UK (tourist boards, regional development agencies and tourist information centres), attractions management (UK and overseas), transport provision, hospitality sector management and tourist guiding services. We are very proud of our student success stories (detailed above). You may wish to further your studies and progress to a BA (Hons) Tourism Management top-up award or a similar degree in a related discipline.

Entry requirements

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