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Undergraduate course

International Tourism and Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

If you want a career in one of the biggest industries worldwide, this is the course for you. Study tourism and hospitality from a business and management perspective.

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Hospitality and Tourism is one of the world's biggest industries. It employs over 60 million people globally. This degree will provide you with the skills needed to pursue a management career in this industry. It's the key to travelling the world and immersing yourself in different cultures.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – N8N2 | With placement year N830
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 4 years with placement year
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

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Course overview

If you want to work in global tourism or hospitality this is the course for you. In year one you’ll explore how business operates and how tourism and hospitality function within that. In your second and third year, you’ll develop specialist knowledge and understand the importance of tourism and hospitality to global economic development. You’ll also focus on how sustainability in this industry is important.

We want you to understand the nuances in the sub-sectors we call tourism and hospitality. To understand this, we’ll take you to some of York’s cultural and heritage sites. This gives you a context for understanding similar offerings around the world. 

Broaden your experience with field trip opportunities. We’ll take you to venues associated with tourism and hospitality both internationally, and in the UK. 

Our course equips you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a management career. Although this course prepares you for managing within the tourism and hospitality industries, the skills are transferable to alternative management roles.

Course structure

Level 1


Compulsory modules:

Delivering the Customer Experience

Hospitality and Events in the 21st Century

Tourism Insight and Industry

Data Analytics and the Blockchain

Corporate Events and Hospitality

Tourism Past, Present and Future

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Level 2


Compulsory modules:

Management and Leadership

Destination Marketing

Consumer Behaviour

Research Methods and Project Management

Cultural and Heritage Tourism

Hospitality & Service Operations


Optional modules:

Study Abroad (60 credits)

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Level 3


Dissertation (40 credits) 

Business Creation Project (40 credits)

Developing a Business Research Project

Business Research Project

Developing an Organisation Based Project 

Organisation Based Project

Tourism Policy and Planning

Hospitality Retail Operations

Contemporary Issues in Hospitality

Managing Events

Responsible Tourism

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Teaching & assessment

All modules are delivered by lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

You will receive 42 hours of contact time per module. You will be expected to develop as an independent learner by engaging with self-study and group learning.

You will undertake a variety of assessments. These include:

  • written assignments
  • individual and group presentations
  • exams and tests
  • practical activities.


You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to submission. We'll give detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and improve your performance.

Study support is available to help you improve your academic writing and research skills. This will enhance employability and career development in the field of Business Management.

Business School Degrees with Placement

The emphasis of these courses, which include a placement year in industry, is on gaining practical experience. The placement occurs at the end of your second year, for between 9 and 12 months. You will return to University to spend your fourth year completing your degree.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language 

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work

Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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