Tourism and Leisure Studies

BA or BSc honours in combination with another subject Tourism Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

The tourism industry supports over 260 million jobs worldwide and offers a multitude of exciting opportunities for graduates.

You will gain specialist knowledge in tourism from experienced staff who are passionate about their teaching and research. Lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers, site visits and an international field trip. During your time with us, you will be offered work experience/ internships and be able to take advantage of our exciting Tourism and Events Research Hub, which has a reputation for winning successful research grants.

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:

  • introduction to tourism
  • tourism and events policy and development
  • visitor attraction and venue management
  • topics including, dark tourism, film tourism and sustainability

Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism

Top 10 in the UK for graduates who were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

The Guardian University League Tables 2019

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 as organisations locally and internationally seek employees and graduates who have specialist tourism knowledge, which you can gain by studying with us.

You will be taught by qualified, knowledgeable staff who are passionate about their teaching and research. Academic lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers, site visits and an international field trip. During your time with us, you will be offered work experience/internships and our exciting Tourism and Events Research Hub, which has a reputation for winning successful research grants, may provide further opportunities for some students.

To help smooth the transition to study at university, you will take a module called ‘Developing Personal and Academic Skills’. This module will guide you in small workshop groups through essay writing, academic referencing, research methods, accessing journals and generally help you settle in.

You will also have the opportunity to study a modern language.

“Very supportive teachers and very passionate about what they are doing"

Comment from 2018 National Student Survey

Top reason to choose this course

You will take part in a residential fieldtrip in both years one and two, at least one of which will be overseas and both are included in your fees. Our tourism teaching team work hard to ensure that your learning  is at the heart of our ethos and supporting you to successfully complete your studies is our top priority.

“The staff involved in the course are helpful, friendly and approachable and have really helped improve my grades"

Comment from 2018 National Student Survey


Many members of the teaching team are nominated for a Golden Apple Award each year. Students nominate members of staff who over the course of their programme have made a positive impact on them and/or their studies. Some members of staff have been nominated several times.

Current annual sponsored student awards:

  • Best Student Research Project – Canterbury City Tour Guides
  • Best Tourist Student – The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Best Tourism or Event Marketing Report – Shepherd Neame
  • Best Student – Section of Geography, Event Leisure and Tourism

“The topics discussed in the workshops were really helpful. They were broken down for me so it was easier to digest and understand. We tackled things I didn't know before like referencing and the e-library. It really eased my transfer from college to uni."

Megan Cork, current student

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.

“I have really enjoyed studying Tourism Management this year at CCCU, there is a varied amount of information and industry knowledge will help me in my future career.”

Jordan Nash, year one student

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 work place/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 student 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. Click here to find out more.

Core modules

Year 1

Developing Academic and Professional Skills (DAPS) (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more independent, reflective and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. Additionally, the orientation module aims to build on pre existing skills and experience to make for a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. Furthermore, the aim is to introduce you to the meaning and purpose of research, and to introduce a range of ideas and techniques enabling you to conduct and present basic research themselves within the context of tourism.

Current Trends in Issues in Tourism, Events and Hospitality (20 Credits)

(Core for combined programmes)

The module aims to identify key internal and external factors shaping the contemporary tourism, events and hospitality industries. Topics typically covered in this module are, crisis management, adventure tourism, religious events and tourism, dark tourism, film and television events and tourism. These will provide the framework from which to identify contemporary issues emerging within the tourism events and hospitality industries. This module is designed to respond flexibly to current affairs and events throughout the world.

Introduction to Tourism (20 Credits)

(Core for combined programmes)

The module aims to provide you with a broad based interdisciplinary understanding of the rapidly expanding area of tourism focusing primarily on the principal patterns of participation and the factors which influence them. Topics will typically include socio/cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism. The module will also introduce you to the motivational theories of tourism.

Contemporary Language (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

You will have the opportunity to study a contemporary language. You may be able to either continue a language which you have previously studied or start a new language.

Residential Fieldtrip 1 (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

This module offers you a chance to study tourism in practice during your first free residential field trip. You will typically stay in a major/mainstream tourist destination and carry our fieldwork in the daytime and present your findings to tutors in the evenings. You will complete all the assessed coursework while you are on the trip so when you return to the UK, this module is finished.

Year 2

Residential Field Trip 2 (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

This module offers you a chance to research and gain a managerial perspective during a second free residential field trip. You will typically stay again as in year one in a major tourist destination. Due to our very well established links with Malta and the University of Malta, the international field trip currently takes place there.

Event Staging (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The main aim of this module is to provide you with a grounding of knowledge of staging an event. Many parts of the tourism industry use events in their policies to encourage and boost tourism numbers. Having a basic knowledge of event management usually benefits tourism students. A range of different operational examples and impacts of events are studied. As well as learning how to theme and successfully pitch for an event. Projects and the detailed tasks involved in implementing the event lifecycle will also be considered.

Creative Places for Events and Tourism (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the natural and built environments in which tourism, leisure and event activities take place. It seeks to examine the nature of land and water resources, the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental processes that shape these places and the impacts that tourist and event activities produce. Finally, the module aims to examine the ways in which people perceive and value these different places and resources. If you like the idea of culture and heritage you will find this module interesting.

Managing Business Performance (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The aim of the module is to introduce and develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and apply these techniques to tourism, leisure and events in an appropriate way whilst, appreciating their strengths and limitations. It also aims to help you to understand how management accounting information may be used for purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Year 3

Services Marketing Management for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality (20 Credits) 

(Optional for combined programmes)

The module aims to develop your understanding of the nature and complexity of Service Marketing Management in the tourism, events sports and leisure industries in the 21st century. The intangible nature of tourism, events, sport and hospitality means that managers have to have unique thinking and strategies in place in order to compete in these global, fast markets. This module typically analyses service management concepts such as technology, capacity management and complaint management. In addition it aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in marketing theories placing them in the context of the increasingly competitive and dynamic tourism, event, sport and hospitality environments. Typically a wide range of public and private sector providers, such as visitor attractions, destination marketing organisations, event organisations, accommodation providers and local authorities will be studied during this module.

Visitor Attraction and Venue Management (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The module aims to offer students a wide and comprehensive understanding of how visitor attraction management is concerned with minimizing the pressure and negative impact of visitor concentration within a destination attraction and/or event. The emphasis will be on the main techniques of how visitor management ensures that the sheer number of visitors does not detract from the general enjoyment of the attraction and/or event, prevent a proper appreciation of it or cause physical harm to historic resources.

Individual Study (40 credits) or Research Project (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research project in the tourism, events, sport and hospitality environment which develops your analysis, problem solving, research and synthesis skills. Using research skills developed in the first and second years of study, you will design and execute your own piece of original research.

Tourism, Conservation and Development (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

This module examines and evaluates debates concerning the development and conservation claims made for ecotourism, and the development of large resorts. Concepts explored typically include community participation and the multiplier process.

Heritage and the Creative Industries (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

This module aims to provide you with specialist knowledge of the role of heritage and creative industries within the wider events, leisure and tourism context. The module will include an assessment of providers and users. It will also analyse policies and strategies designed to meet challenges faced by managers and planners in the heritage and creative industries. This module benefits from our location in Canterbury which is part of a World Heritage Site.

Business Professional Ethics and Law for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality (20 Credits)

(Optional for combined programmes)

The aim of this module is to help you develop an understanding of ethical theory, the ability to evaluate the relationship between business and society, and to encourage students to develop their own individual perspective as ethical decision makers. You are encouraged to critically evaluate business ethics and law making polices within the context of the tourism industry.

“My second year experience was most enjoyable as it the practical modules taught me to put theory in to practice … Overall my university experience has been fun and the modules chosen have been great.”

Sheresh Moghal, final year student

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."

Crista Buznea, graduate


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)
Text books £100.00 for year one for core text books that should be bought in the first four weeks of starting. (It may be possible to find much cheaper second hand copies) £100.00 for year one and two that will be bought throughout that time period. (It may be possible to find cheaper second hand copies).

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The Tourism Programme has been established at Canterbury Christ Church University for over twenty years. Some of our students liked us so much that they are now an established part of the tourism programme staff.


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. 

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

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. 

“I would say that going to Canterbury Christ Church University is the best thing that I have ever done! I have enjoyed it thoroughly and the lecturers and the lectures have been amazing. Not only have they supported me academically but also emotionally. I would never change the decision I made to join.”

Chelsea Medhurst, final year student

Academic input

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.


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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1
  • 80 per cent coursework 20 per cent written exams
Year 2
  • 70 per cent coursework 30 per cent written exams (could be more or less, depending on which modules you choose).
Year 3
  • 70 per cent coursework 30 per cent written exams (could be more or less, depending on which modules you choose).


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.

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 full­time and have had so many great experience working in the office, travelling with the company and I owe it all to the University and my brilliant lecturers.”

Naomi Angus, graduate


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UCAS course code

  • LN78 Geography/Tourism Studies
  • CN68 Sport & Exercise Psychology/Tourism Studies
  • NC86 Sport & Exercise Science/Tourism Studies

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


  • September 2020

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