Tourism and Leisure Studies

BA or BSc honours in combination with another subject Tourism and Leisure Studies 2016/17

Tourism and Leisure Studies is a popular and challenging programme that introduces students to the expanding world of tourism and leisure. The programme adopts a multi-disciplinary perspective in examining the growth, patterns and problems of tourist and leisure activity as well as considering related planning and management strategies and methods.

Canterbury Christ Church University is an excellent place in which to study leisure and tourism, located as it is in one of Britain’s most important historic cities and also being close to the Kent coast, the Channel Tunnel and Europe and the East Kent countryside. All of these places provide important sites for student visits and fieldwork. In addition to local fieldwork, students in the second year also have the opportunity to participate in a week long residential field course which, for the last few years, has been held in Malta.

The programme is taught by staff from the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure. The Department places strong emphasis on teaching and also keeps abreast of current developments in the teaching of tourism studies through its active membership of the Association of Tourism in Higher Education. A friendly interest is taken in student welfare and staff are regularly available for academic and personal advice.

In the first year, all students take the introductory modules in Tourism and Leisure Studies that seek to provide an overall foundation for the programme as a whole. They introduce basic concepts and different disciplinary contributions, examine the interrelationships between leisure and tourism, and provide an understanding of the historical, social, behavioural and economic basis of demand and participation. All students also take an Introductory Research Methods module and an Orientation to Higher Education ‘skills’ module.

In Year 2, the modules are organised around the overall theme of supply and resource provision. In addition to a core module in Research Methods, students can choose from a range of options that include: Place, Culture and the Environment, Tourism and Events Policy and Development, Sport and Leisure Policy, or Events Staging. A further option provides an opportunity to attend a week-long residential field course, however, this is only available to those students who bias their studies towards Tourism and Leisure.

In Year 3, the emphasis is concerned with the problems arising from leisure and tourism activity and the various planning and management procedures and strategies that relate to these concerns. Option modules include: Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, Tourism Development in the Developing World, Countryside Conservation and Recreation Management, Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts, Individual Study (a supervised research project/dissertation involving an issue of particular interest), or Research Project.

The programme provides a basis for those seeking employment in the tourism and leisure industries as well as a range of other occupations. Staff have good links with major tourism and leisure employers in Kent and the South East of England. There are also links with tourism courses taught at other European institutions. In the past, graduates have followed a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, notably within local authorities in tourism/leisure officer roles, and within the accommodation sector in both multinational and independent hotels. A number pursue teaching careers after completion of a suitable teaching qualification.

The programme also enables students to join postgraduate courses in tourism, leisure or related fields at the University, or elsewhere, and opportunities exist to study for a research MPhil or PhD.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Tourism Studies
  • Introduction to Leisure Studies
  • Research Methods 1
  • Orientation to Higher Education

Year 2


  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Place, Environment and Culture
  • Sport and Leisure Policies
  • Tourism and Events Policy and Development
  • Events Staging
  • Vocational Experience

Year 3

Optional modules:

  • Tourism, Leisure & Events Marketing
  • Service Management for Tourism, Leisure & Events Industries
  • Research Project or Individual Study
  • Tourism and Development in the Developing World
  • Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme includes a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These will support and retain a diverse range of students, including those from overseas. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process and encouraged to take part in a range of case studies and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation, learning new ideas and broadening their experiences. Teaching will largely comprise of lectures and interactive seminars, where students will be required to study in an informative and participative environment and where necessary, appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials.

Students will assessed through a range of assessment methods, including individual and group presentations, case studies, essays and reports. These are planned to take account of two inter-dependent aspects:

  1. The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  2. The development of both academic and practical skills

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the programme members‟ newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

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