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Foundation Degree (FdA) Tourism Management

Key Details

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  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 4 years. Also available on a modular basis.

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Foundation Degree (FdA) Tourism Management

Degrees (Higher Education)

Please contact us for further information about applying for this course.

Course Description

Under development for course re-validation and approval for September 2024, content and modules may change.

Are you interested in working in the diverse tourism industry? Would you like to start a successful management career?

This course offers a vocational pathway in higher education, allowing you to gain both an academic qualification and the knowledge and skills to work in tourism, whilst developing your managerial skills.

Modules include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Global Dimensions of Tourism
  • Introduction to the UK Travel and Tourism Industry
  • The Cruise Industry
  • Business Finance
  • Information Management
  • Marketing and Innovation

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Human Resources Management
  • Conference and Event Management
  • Business Tourism
  • Experiential Tourism
  • Impacts of Tourism

Entry Criteria

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Typical Academic requirements:

  • a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, usually gaining a pass in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; or NVQ Level 3; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C/4 or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level. For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable For individuals who not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLLM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops and practical work
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Student centred learning
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Students are responsible for organising their own work experience if it is a requirement on their programme, and they will be supported by the course team.


  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 day per week (typically 9.00 am - 3.30 pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9.00 am - 4.00 pm)


Visit our course fees page for information on full and part-time degree course fees.

Financial Support

Visit our financial support page for information on the range of support available.

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • During the programme, students are encouraged to become members of professional bodies which can have additional costs. Students should budget approximately £50 for this.
  • Additional costs can include participation in residential visits and students should budget approximately £250 for this.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Module information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

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For specific course enquiries, please contact:

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Celine Rea (Administration):

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The course is assessed through various methods, for example through a blend of the following:

  • Individual portfolios
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Reflective journals
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Time-constrained assessments (open and closed book)
  • Practical work
  • Group work


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


After completing the FdA Tourism Management programme, you have the opportunity to proceed onto level 6 to complete the BA (Hons) Tourism Management.

Other graduates may start new careers in the tourism industry or gain additional responsibilities and increased status within their existing organisations.

Tourism practitioners work within visitor services, regional tourism organisations, conference and exhibition facilities, tourist attractions, the outdoor sector, corporate and sports centres, the hotel sector and catering activities.

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For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Global Dimensions of Tourism (10 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to provide insights into the phenomenal growth and variance of global tourism. It will focus on destinations, regions and continents, their past and current levels of visitation and future anticipated trends. Furthermore, the module aims to examine tourist typologies, motivational factors and the characteristics of tourism which may determine the choice of destination. (Written Assignment 100%)

Introduction to the UK Travel and Tourism Industry (10 credits, core):
This module aims to provide an overview of the Travel and Tourism Industry in a UK context. Whilst initially identifying the key definitions and terms, the module will explain the roles and responsibilities of the private, public and voluntary sectors and the key components and their interrelationships relating to the travel and tourism industry will be explored. (Presentation 100%)

The Cruise Industry (20 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to develop the student’s awareness of the global world of cruising, furthermore, it will chart the development of the sector examining how cruising was once viewed as an exclusive and elite experience but is now developing into more of a mass market type holiday and the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. The module will use a number of case studies to look at motivational factors as to why people choose cruises and the various types of cruises offered by many cruise companies, including the various types of cruise itineraries and excursions now available. Job roles both onshore and offshore will be discussed as well as the paramount importance of security and health and safety aboard a cruise ship.

Employability Based Learning 1: Career Planning (20 credits, core)
This module enables students to carry out a number of employment related tasks required by employers to increase the opportunities of employment. To achieve this, students will reflect on their own learning and development to date, developing through this process a greater awareness of their own interests, skills and personal characteristics in the context of careers and work experience and identifying what is important to them in making an effective career decision. Students will develop their understanding of what they need to do to be employable and compete effectively in the job market, identifying resources, support and opportunities to achieve this. (CV and Cover Letter 10%, Action Plan 10%, Evaluation Day 30%, Reflection 50%)

Business Finance (20 credits, compulsory)
The module introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of accounting and finance. The module will focus on understanding the key concepts and principles of financial accounting in order to be able to interpret financial statements. The course focuses on the fundamentals of financial accounting and will begin by introducing students to accounting and finance concepts and terms, before moving on to financial and management accounting techniques which will include the production of financial statements such as income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements and forecasts. This knowledge will be used to enable the student to interpret financial information using financial ratios, with a view to improving the quality of decision-making. (Open Book Exam 50%, Report (Individual) 50%

Information Management (10 credits, compulsory)
The module introduces the variety of information types encountered in business and the importance that Information Technology plays in underpinning modern business practice, and investigates the purpose of information systems in business. It will promote an understanding of the variety of systems essential for a full and effective use of technology and examine the increasing number of methods of communication in speeding up the use of information. In addition, it will identify effective statistical methods for managing information and decision making within an organisation. (Investigation 50%, Presentation 50%)

Marketing and Innovation (20 credits, compulsory)
This module introduces students to marketing principles, and the importance marketing planning. Students will examine how to apply the marketing mix to achieve results. They will learn the underpinning theories and models and apply them to real–world examples. (Written Assignment 40%, Report (Group) 40%, Presentation 20%)

Research and Study Skills (10 credits, core)
This module develops the study skills of the students, enabling the production of sound academic writing and introducing the concept of critical thought. It will enable students to develop skills in academic research, writing and reflection. (Written Assignment 100%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Human Resources Management (20 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to enable students to understand the development of HRM and the resource view of the organisation. It will discuss the principal functions and activities of Human Resource Management and the contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives. Students will explore the processes of recruiting, selecting and developing the talent and skills of the organisation, and the links between performance and reward in a contemporary context. (Written Assignment 100%)

Conference and Event Management (20 credits, compulsory):
This module will develop the students understanding of the diversity, protocols and operations underpinning the modern conference and event management sector; developing and applying skills that take into consideration the holistic design and operational factors required to meet client needs. (Report 40%, Case Study 60%)

Business Tourism (10 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to cultivate the student’s interest in business tourism and explain how leisure tourists are just one aspect of the tourism industry. Business Tourism has emerged as one of the most profitable sectors of the travel and tourism industry, particularly given the general propensity of business travellers to spend more money than leisure travellers. Both Corporate Incentive Travel and Corporate Hospitality are large growth areas which are business tools designed to change consumer behaviour to increase company morale, improve profit, cash flow and employee and customer engagement. Highlighting the many specialist agencies offering employment in this area. Exhibitions are an enormously important part of the marketing activities of most types of business, to showcase the products and services, and is important for the largest multinationals to small family businesses and is another niche market in the business travel and tourism area. (Written Assignment 100%)

Experiential Tourism (20 credits, compulsory):
This module aims to provide students with an awareness of how Experiential Tourism represents a growing opportunity within the tourism industry and how tourism operators develop their business and expand markets. It explores the need for focusing on the development and management of memorable tourism experiences that engage visitors. These experiences can be inherently personal, engage the senses, and make connections on an emotional, physical, spiritual and/or intellectual level – fostering repeat visitation and word-of-mouth promotion. The students will have an opportunity to study and research authentic experiences designed to connect travellers to special places, people and cultures both locally and internationally. (Written Assignment 50%, Presentation 50%)

Impacts of Tourism (10 credits, core):
This module will examine the nature and geography of the impact of global tourism, discussing theories related to the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental impacts of tourism and identify the drive for new strategies that would sustain tourism over the long-term, whilst providing more benefits to local communities and minimising environmental damage. (Group Exhibition 100%)

Employability Based Learning 2: Skills for Leadership (20 credits, compulsory)
This module develops the students’ understanding of various topics needed in modern leadership, and maps to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) units. These include presenting and communicating data that supports decision making, management of individual and team performance and how to improve performance. (Written Assignments 100%)

Research Methods (20 credits, compulsory)
The aim of the module will be for students to understand and reflect upon the nature of a research proposal, the aims and applications of research, and the methods and procedures for conducting research with competent use of a statistical software. (Research Proposal 50%, Presentation 50%)

Other details

Course type: Degrees (Higher Education)

Level: 4+5

Programme Area:

  • Travel and Tourism

Awarding Body: Bangor University



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