The lecturers are the greatest assets of the course, they are always ready to help and provide great support throughout your course. The university also offers several great opportunities in workplace environments that are worth doing.Dennis
Develop your management knowledge and skills in Canterbury, a renowned tourist destination, UNESCO World Heritage City and home of the Canterbury Tales.
You’ll gain specialist knowledge in tourism management from experienced staff, passionate about their teaching and research. Lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers, site visits and field trips.
The tourism industry supports over 260 million jobs worldwide and offers exciting opportunities for graduates. Work experience and internship opportunities, and our Tourism and Events Research Hub will give you the chance to gain additional skills outside of teaching.
In the heart of a World Heritage city close to Europe and London, our University is an excellent place to immerse yourself in Tourism Management.
From day one, you'll be getting to grip with business essentials, including marketing principles and accounting, and you'll learn all about the current trends in tourism management.
Ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Tourism
A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
In Year 1, you'll gain an introduction to tourism and current trends in the industry; this may include topics such as dark tourism, film tourism, crisis management and sustainability. You'll also develop a solid foundation in management concepts such as marketing and financial accounting, which will prepare you for studies later on in the course where you'll look at business from a more strategic viewpoint.
You'll see tourism from a new perspective during the residential field trip in Year 1, where you'll carry out fieldwork and present your findings to fellow students and lecturers.
In the second and third year you'll develop your analytical and critical reasoning skills. You'll go on an (included) international field trip in Year 2, and will undertake an individual study/research project in Year 3.
As part of the course, you have the option to study at an Erasmus university in the second year. We currently have long-standing links with universities in Malta, Iceland, Sweden and France. Taking part in the Erasmus scheme will give you the opportunity of living and experiencing a different country and culture in the safe environment of a university.
Whilst studying your tourism degree you will have the chance to take part in a fun and stimulating field trip abroad in year one, and another interesting field trip abroad in year two, already included in your fees. We believe that learning on location is a great way to study.
You will explore areas including:
To be considered for the Erasmus Programme in the second year you must pass all modules in the first year at first attempt.
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 the 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 courses 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, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.
Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours per week, depending on the modules you take. For each 20 credit module, your independent study time is about 10 hours a week.
During the residential field trips, the workload will be more intense, as these modules are mostly completed during the trip.
The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience. Many members have staff have worked in the tourism industry and this enables them to bring industry relevant knowledge to the lectures.
We will ensure you develop the right skills and you go on an overseas field trip to Tenerife in your first year, at no extra cost to you!Marion Stuart-HoyleDirector of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism
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 3, you will produce a Research Project or Individual Study on a tourism topic of your choice and a supervisor will be appointed to help guide you through the process.
There is at least one formal or 'summative' assessment for each module.
You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
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: resort 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 relationships I made with teachers and the quality of the course inspired me to further my studies with a MSc in Responsible Tourism. My time at Canterbury Christ Church University helped me develop considerably; both as a student, and tourism industry management professional.”CristaGraduate
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.
We work with a range of industry partners, such as London Marathon and Visit Kent and these links are supported by the work of the Tourism and Events Research Hub. This work makes a valuable contribution to our student offer as it is through these links that we are able to secure internship opportunities and a range of industry guest speakers for example, StreetGames UK and Race for Life. The Tourism and Events Research Hub provides a link between our tourism and events staff and the industry. One way in which this is developed is through internships. An internship project developed with the team at Kent Wildlife Trust’s Tyland Barn enabled one of our 3rd year students to work with us on a fascinating project linked to interpretation at one of their visitor centres.
During your 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.
Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links. A recent internship with the Hub focused on supporting young people to access meaningful work placements in the Kent Visitor Economy. The intern’s project was an exciting collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub and the destination management organisation ‘Visit Kent’ to support skills and career progression for young people by exploring the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy.
Events student are also supported to take part in as much volunteer work as possible during their studies. Three 3rd year Tourism and Events students, studying a module in Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, have gained excellent volunteering experience with Canterbury Festival. Helping with the implementation of Audience Finder surveys, at key events during the Festival, they have gained an insight into this area of work and it has shown them how the industry tools used in their marketing module are applied within the sector.
Rachel Pilard, Marketing Manager describes working with the students as “a fantastic experience, the students were incredibly professional and their work has helped the implementation of this year’s research immensely.”
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. For further information please have a look at how Kristina and others took part in the competition.
Our industry guest speaker programme provides valuable insights into event law, the delivery of outdoor events and the event project lifecycle from planning to delivery. Previous guests include the London Marathon Events Company which is responsible for the London Marathon and RideLondon who offer valuable volunteer opportunities to our students. Additionally, 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 tourism industry.
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