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Chelsea

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Duration:

3 years

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Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

Home of the Canterbury Tales and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Canterbury is an ideal location for Tourism Studies.

You’ll gain specialist knowledge from experienced staff who are passionate about their teaching, and discover themes including dark tourism, film tourism and sustainability. Lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers and site visits. You will also have the chance to go on field trips abroad in years one and two, the costs of which are already included in your fees.

You will be offered work experience/internships and can take advantage of our exciting Tourism and Events Research Hub, which has a reputation for winning successful research grants.

Why study Tourism Studies?

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 Tourism Studies. Supporting over 260 million jobs worldwide, the tourism industry offers a multitude of exciting opportunities. Organisations locally and internationally seek employees and graduates who have specialist tourism knowledge, which you can gain by studying with us.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

88-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

In year one you will study modules such as Introduction to Tourism and Current Trends in Tourism Events and Hospitality, which may include topics such as dark tourism, film tourism, crisis management and sustainability. 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 on our free international field trip in year two (an option for you), and the individual study/research project in year three.

As part of your degree you have the option to study at one of our Erasmus Universities in year two. We currently have longstanding successful 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.

To be considered for the Erasmus Programme in the second year you must pass all modules in the first year at first attempt.

Module information

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. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

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 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 filed trips, the work load will be more intense, as these modules are mostly completed 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 them to bring industry relevant knowledge to their lectures.

Most members of our either hold a doctoral, masters and teaching qualifications. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. Most members of staff are travelled widely 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.

How you’ll be assessed

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 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.

Feedback

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.

80% Coursework
20% Written exams

Your future career

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.

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

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Work Experience

During your tourism 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 working with Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame, Dreamland, Howletts and Port Lympne 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 a project with employer support.

A recent internship with our Tourism and Event Research 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 University and Visit Kent.

Tourism students are also encouraged and supported to take part in as much volunteer work as possible during their studies.

Three 3rd year Tourism and Events students, 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.

Industry Links

We work with a range of industry partners, which are supported by the work of the Tourism and Events Research Hub. Through these links we are able to secure internship opportunities for students and a range of industry guest speakers. We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and consultancy work.

“One of the greatest opportunities I have had was the chance to do an internship with Buzzlines Travel, popular coach company in Kent. I now work for the company full time and have had so many great experiences working in the office, travelling with the company and I owe it all to the University and my brilliant lecturers.”

Naomi, graduate

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

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Location(s):

Canterbury
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