BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year

International Hospitality and Tourism Management

BSc (Hons) & Foundation Year


Study level
Full time
4 years
Part time
4 years+
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds or Online
Faculty of Business

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Course Overview

Welcome to Arden University's Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year. If your ambition is to manage a hospitality venue, start a restaurant chain, or thrive in hospitality and tourism administration, this degree with a foundation year equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in higher education. It's a great choice whether you've been away from formal studies for a while, or lack the qualifications for a standard university degree.

Our curriculum will provide you with a truly global education in this dynamic industry, giving you the confidence to work among cultures and establish worldwide connections in your career. You’ll learn cutting-edge industry insights and gain hands-on experience, setting you up for success after graduation.

The BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year degree also focuses on sustainability and the integration of technology within the industry. You’ll gain a solid foundation in management fundamentals, learning the latest management theories and their real-world applications - vital for successful management careers in the sector. During Level 5 (Year 3) of your degree, you‘ll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement module so that you can gain real life, hands on experience in the hospitality sector.

As an Arden student you’ll also have access to the Arden Enterprise Incubator (AEI). Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, already at the early stages of setting up your own business venture, or just looking to enhance your business acumen, the AEI programme will help you nurture an entrepreneurial mindset, innovate, and grow your business once it’s up and running. You’ll be able to join our community of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and experienced academics, as well as gaining access to a wealth of resources to aid you in the pursuit of your goals based on how far along you are on your business journey.

Whether you choose to study in-person at one of our UK campuses, or opt for our fully online degree which you can study from anywhere in the world, this programme serves as an ideal launchpad for your career in the hospitality and tourism industry.

We are currently accepting students for blended learning. Our first student intake for online learning will take place in October 2024.

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Course details and modules

Your course modules combine a foundation year followed by a full undergraduate qualification.

In the age of digital transformation, staying ahead requires a keen understanding of technology's role in shaping the hospitality and tourism landscape. The BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year at integrates technology seamlessly into the curriculum, ensuring that our graduates are not just familiar with the latest tools but are innovators in leveraging technology to enhance guest experiences, optimise operations, and drive sustainable practices.

From virtual reality simulations for hotel management to data analytics for tourism trends, students gain practical skills that align with the industry's ever-evolving needs. This forward-thinking approach ensures that our graduates are not just job-seekers but industry leaders ready to shape the future of hospitality and tourism.

Martin Scahill

The course gave me the confidence and skills to go for senior jobs that I wouldn’t have previously. I have been promoted several times since.

Martin Scahill
BSc (Hons) Business & Computing (Top-Up)


You have 4-12 years to complete this course, meaning you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete the course within 4-8 years.

  • Preparing for University Success (20 credits)
  • Exploring the Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Advancing your Academic Skills (20 credits)
  • Becoming an Effective Leader (20 credits)
  • Planning for Your Future Success (20 credits)
  • Investigation & Innovation Project  (20 credits)
  • Academic & Professional Development for Hospitality & Tourism Managers (20 credits)
  • Managing People in Hospitality in Tourism (20 credits)
  • Finance for Hospitality and Tourism (20 credits)
  • Service Sector Marketing and Sales (20 credits)
  • Principles of Hospitality & Tourism Practice (20 credits)
  • Customer Service Management (20 credits)
  • Core modules
  • Applied Hospitality and Tourism Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Hospitality Operations Management (20 credits)
  • International Destination Management (20 credits)
  • Hospitality Business Development (20 credits)
    Elective Modules: (Students to choose 40 credits worth of modules):
  • Professional Practice (Placement) (40 credits)
  • International Events Management (20 credits)
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing (20 credits)
  • Innovation in Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Tourism Crisis Management (20 credits)
  • Tourism Trends & Futures (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 credits)
  • Hospitality Strategy (20 credits)
    Elective Modules: (choose a 20 credits module):
  • Project Management (Option) (20 credits)
  • Global Brand Management (20 credits)

How do we assess you?

This course has been created in consultation with industry experts to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in hospitality or tourism and delivered in partnership with a leading hospitality organisation.

Optional placement year

You'll have the opportunity to complete an industry placement to gain practical experience that can help you to gain work in the sector upon Graduation.

Authentic assessments, no exams

Unlike on more traditional degree courses, you don’t need to sit any exams on the BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year, and you won’t need to spend the summer at home writing a dissertation either. Your assessments have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-word scenarios. This means you’ll be better prepared to apply the skills you’ve gained on the course to your professional role after graduation.

As you work through your course modules you’ll have the chance to complete a range of useful assessment methods such as individual reports, case study analyses, presentations, business and destination development plans and personal independent assignments devised in consultation with your course module leader. Your assessments will have an emphasis upon personal discovery, digital technology, the application of theory to real world hospitality and tourism scenarios, and management practice and innovative thinking.

We encourage you to be innovative when carrying out your assignments and assessments. You can create podcasts, videos, infographics, consultancy reports, campaigns, posters, interviews, debate sessions, and more. This approach will help you develop skills you'll use in the real world, and most of all, is a fun and engaging way to demonstrate your knowledge and development.

Assessment methods

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning through a range of assessments including:

  • Individual reports
  • Case study analyses
  • Presentations
  • Business and destination development plans
  • Personal independent assignments
  • Podcast​s
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • Consultancy reports
  • Campaigns
  • Posters
  • Interviews
  • Debates

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our campuses in London Tower Hill, London Holborn, Manchester, and Birmingham.

The course is also available to students via online learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere in the UK or worldwide, providing you with the same high standards of teaching but with lower tuition fees.

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying the BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library which gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with like-minded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your International Hospitality and Tourism degree with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available throughout your course:

  • Office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conferencing
  • Career services through Arden Futures to ready you for your future career
  • Online library portal giving you access to thousands of books, journals, and articles
  • Subscription to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support

Entry requirements

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.

We’ll also support you with getting access to the design resources you need, wherever you study from, including assistance with obtaining any design software you need to successfully complete the course.


To be eligible for the BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year, you should normally have:

  • At least 3 x GCSEs or 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and reference.

English proficiency 

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent.
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as 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 the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Our course in international hospitality and tourism management will help you to fulfil your professional career aspirations in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Whether it’s understanding the issues facing modern hospitality and tourism businesses, exploring the nature of domestic and international hospitality and travel, or analysing data to improve business performance, completing a hospitality and tourism degree with Arden will give you the skills needed to work in an industry you love anywhere in the world. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University Community.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Perhaps you have a strong idea of where you want to go with your hospitality and tourism degree, or perhaps you're still a little unsure. Don’t worry if you’re still weighing up your future career options. We prepare you with a range of advanced multidisciplinary skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, enhancing your career options wherever they might lie.

What will the BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year do for me?

What will the BSc (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management with Foundation Year include?

As well as developing important soft skills, up-to-date knowledge of hospitality and tourism functions, and career planning abilities, you’ll also be encouraged to develop a Personal Development Plan as you work through your degree. With support from our lecturers, this will help you track your progress and identify areas where you excel.

On the course, your assessments will be linked to real-world workplace issues and practices. Added to the benefits of our Arden Enterprise Incubator where you will be supported to start up or grow an existing business. You’ll graduate with hands-on experience in problem solving and identifying areas for business growth in the hospitality and tourism sectors – all highly desirable skills for today’s employers.

The BSc (Hons.) in International Hospitality & Tourism Management with Foundation Year will also give you the chance to:

  • Comprehend and appreciate the importance of the key skills, technologies, and competencies required to be successful in contemporary hospitality and tourism environments.
  • Identify and evaluate the roles and contributions of the key hospitality and tourism functions applicable to hospitality and tourism organisations and destinations.
  • Analyse hospitality and tourism challenges from a range of perspectives including consumers, suppliers, governments, and intermediaries.
  • Apply and evaluate hospitality and tourism concepts and theories in a range of hospitality and tourism contexts, challenges, and situations, including crisis management.
  • Develop your research, planning, and analytical skills.

What can I do after Arden University?

Your foundation degree in hospitality and tourism will open up a wide range of career opportunities across the hospitality and tourism sectors. As you study with us you’ll have access to our dedicated career services portal, where you can access additional 'bolt-on' e-learning courses, employer presentations, and search for jobs worldwide. Of course, your course lecturers are always on-hand to provide advice and guidance when it come to your professional future. Just a few of the possible roles you might want to consider after graduation could include:

  • Destination Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Travel Consultant
  • Tour Manager
  • Travel Agency Manager
  • Event Organiser
  • Travel Administrator
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Front Office Manager
  • Housekeeping Manager
  • Reception Manager
  • Rooms Division Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Resort Manager

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course is subject to approval by Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The Institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with like-minded professionals across diverse sectors.

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making.

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including mentoring and career development services and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Tourism Management Institute (TMI) 

This course is subject to approval by Tourism Management Institute (TMI).

The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional organisation for anyone working in tourism destination management, supporting professionals who promote and develop destinations across the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The TMI supports professionals throughout their careers by providing opportunities for professional networking and sharing knowledge and expertise in destination management.

As an Arden student, you'll have free membership throughout the duration of your studies, giving you access to a wealth of industry resources, career development guidance, and the TMI job vacancy portal, as well as networking opportunities and professional recognition that will improve your career prospects.

In addition to this, once you graduate with a TMI recognised degree, you'll automatically be eligible for Associate membership of the TMI.

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)

Arden university has been awarded University Recognition by the ITT. The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) is the only membership organisation for travel and tourism professionals, suppliers, educators, and students across all sectors of the tourism sector. The institute's primary function is to elevate professional standards in the travel industry and to provide tourism organisations and professionals with support and guidance.

As Arden University is a member of ITT, you'll have free membership with the ITT throughout the duration of your studies. This provides you with access to a wealth of industry resources, continued education and training, careers advice, networking opportunities, and professional recognition that will improve your career prospects. In addition to this, you'll also have the chance to attend regular UK-based events and industry conferences.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Arden University has joined an elite group of universities in the UK that are members of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). UNWTO has a current membership of 156 countries and is responsible for the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.

UNWTO places a strong emphasis on emerging topics in global tourism and the sharing of this knowledge with its members. That means during your course, you’ll have access to a vast database of the latest tourism resources, statistics, journals, and books.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange of best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

enterprise incubator

Arden Enterprise Incubator

As an Arden University student, you’ll have access to the Arden Enterprise Incubator (AEI) online platform to support you in the area of entrepreneurship. Whether students are exploring the idea of setting up their own company or need help and guidance launching or growing an existing business, the AEI provides everything students need to kick start their entrepreneurial journey, as well as to support and empower them along the way.

The AEI has a wealth of resources available including monthly master classes, boot camps, podcasts, blogs, external events, and mentorship. Mentors include Arden University lecturers and industry experts so our students receive the very best support and expertise.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.