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Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management FdA

This FdA in hospitality and tourism management gives you an academic qualification and experience in a vocational and academic environment.


Course overview

You take part in seminars and lectures to build your theoretical knowledge, while also completing practical sessions, masterclasses and study trips to industry standard facilities. Core and optional modules allow you to develop your knowledge and are designed to give you a progressive understanding of hospitality and tourism management.

This course is multidisciplinary and incorporates theory and practical sessions and is influenced by business and management which allows the variety of learning opportunities and experiences the course offers.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Starting a Business

You investigate an authentic business challenge, creating links and relationships with potential employers, and demonstrating an understanding of the application of theoretical principles in a work-based learning situation. You also learn how to apply simple research methodologies and investigate the results.

The Contemporary Issues of Globalisation within Hospitality and Tourism

Understand the ever-changing landscape of hospitality and tourism globally and the need to be aware of issues involved with managing cultural diversity within a global distributed organisation in the hospitality and tourism sector. You examine the impact of the sector within a global perspective and respond to the ever-changing sociocultural and economic factors needed when planning and managing within the hospitality and tourism industries.

The Work Environment and Self-Analysis

The range of employment opportunities in any industry are diverse, from specialist operatives to strategic managers. Research and explore your industry of interest and formulate a career action plan, detailing your strengths and weaknesses to bridge any skills and knowledge gaps.


Year 1 core modules (Tourism only)

Sales and Marketing in Tourism

Understand the significance of marketing in the contemporary travel and tourism environment. Global, national and regional travel and tourism organisations in the sector have built successful strategies around a strong retail presence combined with alternative communication channels to support the wider marketing mix. Learn how these companies work to develop high-quality campaigns and a strong presence online as well as the high street.

UK Tourism – Diversity and Importance

You analyse the diversity of the UK tourism industry. Study visitor flows, origins and statistics, as well as the different tourism products available in the UK. Focus on the future of UK tourism as a catalyst for growth and employment.


Year 1 core modules (Hospitality only)

Food and Beverage Operations

Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to work within the food and beverage trade. Underpin your subject knowledge in menu engineering, principles of customer experience and the regulatory constraints surrounding healthy options in line with government initiatives.

On-licensed Trade Management

Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to work within the on-licensed trade. Underpin your subject knowledge in law, marketing principles and the regulatory constraints of the on-licensed trade.


Year 2 core modules

Advanced Culinary Skills and Innovations

Develop your knowledge, understanding and culinary skills, enabling you to consider innovations to further your development in a career within the industry. Through the development of theoretical and practical skills, gain an understanding and appreciation of what is required to operate as a practitioner and a manager in this specialised sector.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills

Develop your entrepreneurial skills and understand how to progress a business as well as identify strategies that sustain and develop enterprises. You develop theoretical knowledge and intellectual development in relation to hospitality and tourism management. You leave with the ability to evaluate and analyse your extended knowledge.

Gastronomy, International Cuisine and Wine

Develop your knowledge and understanding of gastronomy, international cuisine and wine, and your role in supporting the management of a culinary operation. This enables you to underpin your subject knowledge of these areas through an investigation into historical and current perspectives of gastronomy, cuisine from a variety of countries and cultures, wine production and pairing, and exploration of food and wines from various regional and international cuisines together with sensory evaluation of wines and foods.

Industry-related Project

Apply your wider learning in a working environment. Take part in a project with an organisation of your choice to improve an aspect of its operations. This provides a solid platform to showcase your skills, enhancing employability, and supporting you to understand the application of research methodologies and analysis of results.

Managing Events

You understand particular client needs, and effective customer service and management techniques. You learn to assess both the organisational and operational aspects of putting an event together as well as the impact on the locality of the event.


Year 2 core modules (Tourism only)

Current Issues in Travel and Tourism

You identify uses and applications of information technology for E-Business and technology within the tourism sector, and consider the trends and developments in technologies and the implications this has for business operations. From the analysis existing organisations you develop an e-business and technological development strategy for an existing or hypothetical organisation, and present your research and development findings.

Tourism Technologies

You identify uses and applications of information technology for E-Business and technology within the tourism sector, and consider the trends and developments in technologies and the implications this has for business operations. From the analysis existing organisations you develop an e-business and technological development strategy for an existing or hypothetical organisation, and present your research and development findings.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You work in small groups with personal tutors to assist you in all elements of learning throughout the two-year course. You are taught by industry professionals and highly skilled and experienced lecturers with a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical learning to ensure you gain the practical experience needed to work in industry. You have the opportunity to complete work experience in the hospitality and tourism sector to increase your experience.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used to enhance your experience and ensure you develop key transferable skills. Formative feedback is given throughout the course.

You are assessed through coursework designed to demonstrate your ability to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Assessments will include, presentations, posters, assignments, portfolios, practical assessments and exams.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 points.

For entry to level 4/year one, applicants must:

be 18 years or over by 31 December in their first year of study
have a Level 3 qualification – such as: Diploma in Professional Cookery (with pass grade of 60 credits or more)
NCFE Introductory Diploma in Travel and Tourism with a merit grade or above
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism with a pass grade
or a Business management equivalent qualification at level 3

Or a minimum of 2 years’ relevant industry experience.

For entry to level 5/year two, applicants must have:
120 credits at level 4 in a Hospitality/Tourism qualification or equivalent
Attend a professional discussion prior to joining the programme to explore Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you are going to be appropriately placed and equipped with the necessary academic tools, professional skills and knowledge as well as personal and transferrable skills to compete for junior management positions within the industry. There will be opportunities for work placements throughout the course, which may lead to employment opportunities.

The course is affiliated with the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme allowing you the opportunity to access information to assist your studies and prepare you for a successful start to your career.



Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: N830 FdA/HTM
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: 40-48 tariff points

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