Studying at Canterbury Christ Church University has helped me to develop a better understanding of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and to analyse this sector in a more critical manner. Now, I am able to do my job in the restaurant in a professional way and I am capable of delivering a better service quality as a result of the input from my studies.Iulia
Created in response to the needs of the industry, this course is designed to help you deliver a memorable experience.
We give you the chance to study hospitality, tourism and events as part of this course focusing on management. You’ll explore modules covering current trends, food from around the world, accounting and much more and have the opportunity to venture abroad on a field trip in your first year (costs already included in course fees).
You’ll have the chance to undertake work experience, internships, and possible collaboration with the Christ Church Tourism and Events Research Hub. You’ll even be able to learn a new language alongside your studies.
You can apply for overseas study opportunities, including a year in North America or Canada (for example at the University of Western Florida).
In the heart of a World Heritage city close to Europe and London, Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes Campus is an excellent place to study Hospitality Management. Hospitality is the UK’s 6th largest contributor to export earnings and 4th largest employer that's 4.49 million people or 10% of the workforce and over 180,000 businesses. This industry offers a multitude of exciting opportunities as organisations locally and internationally seek employees and graduates who combine specialist hospitality knowledge and experience and business management skills, which you can gain by studying hospitality with us. The hospitality industry is made up of many sub industries, from hotels to visitor attractions. Hospitality is an engaging, fast paced working environment, increasingly offering graduate opportunities to ensure the sector remains competitive at a local to global scale. The links between hospitality, tourism and events are a key characteristic of the sector.
Ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Tourism
A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.
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In year one you will study modules such as Introduction to Hospitality and Current Trends in Tourism Events and Hospitality, which may include topics such as Airbnb, Food around the world, dark tourism, film tourism, facilities management and sustainability. You will also be introduced to some management concepts such as Marketing Principles and Practice and Financial Accounting. In the second and third year your foundational knowledge is developed with a greater emphasis on analytical and critical reasoning skills as well as studying key concepts in situ in year two through the work-based learning module, and the individual study/research project in year three.
As part of your degree, you have the option to study overseas in year two including a year in North America or Canada (for example at the University of Western Florida). This will give you the opportunity of living and experiencing a different country and culture in the safe environment of a university. Our current students have the added benefit of significantly reduced tuition fees and a small living grant.
Travelling abroad may be affected by Government restrictions due to the coronavirus. We always put health and safety first. Therefore, we will follow all relevant Government advice. Where overseas travel is affected, we will try to reschedule these trips. If this proves impossible, we will provide a broadly comparable experience, for instance an alternative virtual overseas destination module.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will typically have around 12-14 contact hours per week depending on what modules you select.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For the final year individual study/research project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.
Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours, depending on what module you take. For each 20 credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week. During the duration of the residential field trips, the workload will be more intense, as these modules are mostly done during the trip.
The lecturing team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. Many members have staff have worked in the tourism industry and this enables to bring industry relevant knowledge to their lectures.
All our team members either hold a doctoral, masters and teaching qualifications. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. Most members of staff are widely travelled and come from or have lived in a variety of countries, making them ideal to teach the subjects in tourism. You should note members of the teaching team might change.
Throughout your course, you will be assessed using a range of methods, including written assignments, which could be an essay, business report or portfolio, as well as presentations and project work. In some modules you will be assessed through exams. You will experience individual assessment as well as group work. In year three you will produce a Research Project or Individual Study on a hospitality topic of your choice and a supervisor will be appointed to help guide you through the process.
Career advice is embedded in our curriculum with the help of our Employability and Careers Service. Our past students have entered a wide range of roles, both in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally.
These include hotel manager, resort manager, restaurant manager, tourist officer, destination manager, travel writing, tour manager, regional tourist managers (i.e. Visit Kent), tourism exhibition management, visitor attraction marketing, niche event specialist, managers of their own businesses.
The hospitality industry is one of the fast-growing sectors in the world, creating jobs and supporting the economy. Studying Hospitality Management at Canterbury Christ Church University will give you the opportunity to learn practical skills needed to work in this rapidly growing industry whether you choose to work in hotels, restaurants, attractions or events companies.Shola Osinaike
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
During your hospitality course, you may be offered a variety of internships and work experiences. This is an evolving and changing programme to ensure you get the best opportunities. We currently have students doing internships at Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Buzzlines Travel to name just a few. Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links. In year 2 you will be able to take a workplace/work-based learning module which will enable you to complete a ’live’ task and finish project with employer support.
A recent internship with the Hub was entitled ‘Supporting young people accessing meaningful work placements in the Kent visitor economy: a business stakeholders’ perspective’. This 10 week project was a collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub, and Destination Management Organisation, Visit Kent. The project was designed to support an exciting initiative focusing on skills and career progression for young people in the sector: the ‘Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild’. The intern worked on a project ‘to explore the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy', supported throughout by the project lead at Christ Church and Visit Kent.
Kristina Zelinkova, a third-year Tourism Management student, was selected as designing the winning concept and logo on a live project with Visit Kent, for the newly developing initiative, the Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild.
Some current members of the tourism teaching staff are from, grew up in or studied in countries from across the world. This includes Cyprus, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and the USA. Between us we can speak several languages and play a variety of musical instruments.
Industry stakeholders regularly contribute to the lecture programme to enhance the student experience and we hold an annual student conference at which the region’s employers come to talk to our students about the key challenges they face in the workplace and the best graduate routes into working in the hospitality industry.
“The course gave me a good insight of the hospitality and tourism industry. So when I started working in a hotel there are many things that I could relate with. Even the assignments is not only theory based, they are also applicable in the workplace. For this reason, I decided to go a step further to enhance my career opportunities and success, by enrolling in the Masters course."
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