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Tourism and travel courses

In many areas of the world, the revenue generated from visitors – whether for work or pleasure – generates a substantial proportion of that economy’s GDP. We’re not just talking about small seaside towns either! Entire countries rely on tourism to support their entire economy! A degree in travel and tourism teaches you the key principles and knowledge so you pursue a career in the glamorous world of travel, tourism and hospitality; one which can afford you the opportunity to travel the world, live in exotic locations AND get paid for it. You’ll learn about different destinations, attractions and experiences, emerging trends in the sector, how to communicate with customers, planning of events, and much more. Plus, many courses offer an attractive practical placement opportunity, either in the UK or abroad.

Studying tourism and travel at university

Example course modules

  • Introduction to tourism
  • Economics of tourism
  • Marketing for tourism
  • Economics and marketing
  • Transport: challenges and issues
  • Special interest tourism
  • Management theory and practice for hospitality, travel and tourism industries
  • Passenger transport management
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Transport economics and policy

Who studies this subject

  • Female : 53%
    Male : 47%
  • Mature : 40%
    School leaver : 60%
  • Full-time : 93%
    Part-time : 7%

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • No Specific Requirements

Useful to have

  • No Specific Requirements

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

Personal statement advice

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
There are so many aspects to travel and tourism. Just think back to your last few trips or holidays – whether they were a package holiday in Tenerife, a Scandinavian cruise or a holiday cottage in Dorset – and all the individuals involved in creating that experience. From helping you decide where to go; booking your trip; arranging your currency; getting you there comfortably; ensuring your stay was satisfactory; entertaining you; solving any problems – all of these roles are attainable following a degree course in travel and tourism. Most travel and tourism courses offer a practical placement where you can gain hands-on experience; but it’s definitely worth using your term breaks to gain additional experience where you are serving guests in a hospitality context. Plus, a sector like travel offers endless job opportunities, both at home and abroad – you really are spoilt for choice if you’re happy to pack up your things and leap outside of your comfort zone. It might be worth researching destinations whose reputation is growing and those which will be major hotspots in years to come.
Professional and accrediting bodies:

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer

Other real-life job examples

  • Events manager
  • Customer service manager
  • Hotel manager

What employers like about this subject

A degree in travel and tourism provides students with substantial market knowledge when it comes to different destinations, both domestic and abroad, particularly when it comes to their reputation as a destination for work or leisure. However, there are a number of skills which students learn which employers across other fields seek. These include excellent communication and problem-solving skills when interacting with customers and guests (especially in intense or hostile scenarios); planning and logistics when it comes to event-management; and even language skills which can really open up your career opportunities.