The tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries and is both dynamic and multi-disciplinary. It incorporates both multinational corporations and small scale locally owned companies as well as many aspects of the smaller events and hospitality industries.
In order to help you explore and prepare for a career in this diverse industry, the Tourism Management courses provide a blend of core knowledge that reflects the economic, environmental and social context and practice of tourism with rigorous management underpinning throughout the course. It is mandatory to undertake a work-based learning module to strengthen your employability at the end of the course.
To date students have undertaken placements both overseas and within the UK. Overseas placements have included Universal Studios, Disney and a range of resort hotels and country clubs within the USA, Camp America as well as European placements with tour operators including Thomas Cook. Within the UK, students have worked for a range of organisations such as the National Trust, the Youth Hostel Association, Cardiff Airport, National Museum of Wales, airlines and tourist information centres.
To enhance the module content further, the course draws on the expertise of a number of industry experts including Visit Wales, Cardiff Airport and the Principality Stadium, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, CADW, Cardiff Castle. The course team also frequently arrange visits to many local tourist attractions and destinations.
If you choose one of the field study modules there is also the opportunity to travel to places like Alicante and Gambia.
Learning & Teaching
All students will benefit from the team of dedicated personal tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact. The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Directors and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of students are effectively met and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is both a pleasant and successful experience.
In addition to the Personal Tutors, the individual course specific academic support and guidance is provided by the Programme Director and the respective Year Tutor. This is particularly important in relation to both the choice of options which are available at year two and three and the range of work experience opportunities available.
Employability & Careers
The tourism industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities and therefore graduates will be well placed to secure managerial positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors of the tourism industry, both in the UK and overseas. Opportunities exist in the fields of destination marketing and planning, airport and airline operations, travel and tour operations, events management, sports management and marketing national and local tourism organisations, visitor attractions management, hospitality provision, and small business development (possibly leading to self-employment). Due to the management focus of the course graduates opportunities also exist in wider business areas.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
- 96-112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma overall grade MMM - DMM
- 96-112 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
- 96-112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
- 96-112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.