Business (Tourism)

BA (Hons)

Study level
3 years
Study locations
Berlin or Online
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BA (Hons) Business (Tourism)

Course Overview

Study your BA in business and tourism with us in Germany and gain insider knowledge of the international tourism sector. Develop your management and interpersonal skills to get you where you want to be

Do you have a passion for travel and sharing exciting experiences with likeminded people from around the world? The BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) course offered at our Berlin campus allows you to explore your own leadership methods, while getting a grasp of the bigger picture across the tourism sector to help you make a successful career as a tourism professional. 

Today, the tourism sector requires professionals who can create and lead successful businesses that will support sustainable tourism in challenging global circumstances. Concentrating on tourism management from an ethical and sustainable perspective, you’ll learn how global tourist destinations, visitor attractions, and accommodation services are planned, marketed and managed. You’ll also study course modules covering vital business areas including marketing, business planning, and finance, which means you’ll graduate with transferable skills that will give you a level of flexibility in your career outlook.  

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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By becoming familiar with essential business strategies and the workings of the tourism industry, you’ll graduate with the freedom to use your refined skills in any career path you choose!


This course was the best decision I have ever made. It's given me a chance to have a career in a subject I love, and it’s given me more confidence in myself and my ability to succeed.

Martine Crawford
Martine Crawford
BA (Hons) Business (Marketing)
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To earn your bachelor’s degree in business, you will need to complete 360 credits. The programme is made up of the following 17 modules: 

Level 4

  • Developing personal and management skills
  • Understanding the business environment
  • Principles of marketing
  • Introduction to finance
  • People in organisations
  • Understanding the tourism environment

Level 5

  • Managing across cultures
  • Business processes
  • Enterprise & entrepreneurship
  • Business analysis
  • Contemporary issues in tourism management
  • Sustainable tourism management

Level 6

  • Contemporary management issues
  • Strategic management
  • Managing self and others
  • International destination management
  • Research methods and dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. That’s why we choose a range of methods to keep track of how well you are progressing. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


To be eligible to study this degree, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

We also usually ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your motivations to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant work experience.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 60-78; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. Get in touch to find out more. 

Find your country

Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Faculty of Business and Management

Our business and management faculty in Berlin are a dedicated and passionate group of professionals who are here to help you reach your goals both in and outside of the classroom. Get to know some of our business faculty members before you start your programme by following the link below.

Meet the faculty

Start your career in travel management, event organising, or pursue any number of paths with the skills you develop on this course.


I chose Arden University Berlin because they provide an environment to further your knowledge and pursue opportunities in a new field.

Jasvir Markandy
Jasvir Markandy
MSc IT Security Management graduate, Arden University Berlin

What will I gain from this degree?

As a graduate of Arden University Berlin, you’ll possess a wide range of transferable skills you can apply to several different career paths. As a graduate, you’ll have gained knowledge of:

  • Solving problems effectively and under pressure
  • Business functions in an international context
  • The issues managers face in tourism today
  • Effectively managing a team of individuals from different cultures
  • The essential principles of key business pillars such as finance, human resource management, and marketing

What can I do after Arden University?

After earning your business bachelor’s degree, you can go on to work in nearly any career path you choose. As a graduate from our Berlin campus, you’ll also have the chance to apply for an 18-month post-study residence permit to work in Germany. 

This course will provide you with the skills required to enter roles including:

  • Hotel Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Travel Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Business Development Executive
  • Tour Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Travel Agency Manager
  • Travel Administrator
  • Event Organiser

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Who are they and why are they important?

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation means that your course fully meets the professional standards and expectations of the management industry. 

As a student with Arden, you’ll have free membership throughout your studies, which gives you access to several valuable professional resources including:

  • The extensive services offered on CMI’s online Career Development Centre
  • Mentoring from experienced managers and leaders
  • Events and webinars pertaining to your field and career development
  • Resources for continuing professional development and gaining additional qualifications
  • Redundancy support

You have the choice to complete your course via online learning or full-time at our Berlin campus. 

Take a look at some of the quick links below to discover more about the student experience at Arden University Berlin.

Study in Berlin

The dynamic, multicultural city of Berlin offers you even more than exciting events and rich history.

Named the start-up capital of Europe, Berlin is home to a growing list of internationally-regarded corporations and has office locations for countless household names like Sony, Daimler, and the Axel Springer Media Group.

Students studying abroad in Berlin even have the chance to get their foot in the door to the European job market; international students are permitted to work 120 full and 240 half days per year, and graduates can apply for an 18-month post-residency permit in Germany to gain more work experience.

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.