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Foundation Degree Tourism Management, FdA

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the United Kingdom

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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About Foundation Degree Tourism Management, FdA - at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

Through Work based learning the programme provides students with the Vocational Skills required to secure a highly successful career in tourism management. Throughout the course students will focus on developing their employability skills and industry knowledge through work based learning, exciting field study trips within the UK and overseas, as well as a range of supporting lectures and tutorials to provide the academic under pinning.

Learning will be reinforced by core skills development focusing on management and leadership skills, an in depth understanding of sustainable issues and their relationship with Tourism as well as global hospitality and guest service which are central to the industry and the work based learning experiences.

Key Features

Studying Tourism Management at UWTSD, you will be based at the Swansea Business Campus with the wonderful backdrop of the Gower Peninsula, a beautiful tourism location. This along with nearby Pembrokeshire, The Brecon Beacons and cosmopolitan Cardiff provide excellent local tourism case study scenarios which are supported by the international Field study trips.

This vocationally based programme is designed to develop your employability skills in preparation for a career in tourism in the UK or overseas.

The programme offers exciting internship opportunities for you to gain practical and vocational experience within the local or international tourism industry. Links with leading employers, ensure that the programme focuses on cutting edge industry skills to prepare you for success.

Opportunities are constantly reviewed and updated in order to provide dynamic and innovative opportunities with a strong guest service focus to prepare students for future careers and create distinctive graduates. International opportunities include Aspen Ski Company in Colorado USA, Rancho Valencia Resort in California, Valleyfair Theme Park in Minesotta, USA and Jumeirah Group in Dubai, as well as local opportunities with Oakwood Theme Park, Swansea Bay Tourism, Local Authorities, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of local tourist attractions and providers including the National Trust and Museums and Galleries of Wales.

The friendly approach of the University allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development.

The close working relationships between the teaching team, students and the industry creates a positive active learning environment. Lecturers have strong industry links and are still active within the sector in the UK and overseas and this allows for the use of real life case study scenarios which brings your learning experience alive.

Students are expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiative to develop themselves.

The course will provide a wide range of extracurricular activities both subject related and social including a range of exciting field study trips which will further enhance your student experience. Previous trips include London trips including an exciting visit to the Olympic Stadium, as well as trips to Pembrokeshire, Cornwall, Gower, Egypt and a train trip to Switzerland.


Year 1/ Level 4

  • The Global Tourism Village
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Academic and Industry Skills
  • Hospitality and Guest Service Management
  • Principles of Managing Organisations
  • The Events Industry

Year 2 /Level 5

  • Management Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Live Events Project
  • Study Overseas
  • Languages for Professional Purposes
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Travel Operations Management
  • Event Design and Delivery
  • Sustainability, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Placements are quality assured by the University to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the student learning experience. An extended sandwich internship option is also available.

Course Tutor(s)

  • Phil Ainsworth
  • Andrew Alexander Campbell
  • Michael Davies
  • Kathryn Flynn
  • Jacqui Jones


The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, planning and organising events, management reports, debates, industry presentations and field study work as well as development records, exams, reviews, DVD's and blogs. Assessments will where ever possible be linked to developing employability skills and aim to support the development of critical thinking, managing ICT, communication, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership.

Career Opportunities

On graduating, students from this programme have a successful track in securing a range of management and operational positions within the Tourism Industry locally as well as UK wide and globally.

Specialist career pathways include ;-

  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Heritage Management
  • Attraction Management
  • Event Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Travel Management

Excellent examples of previous students succeeding in the Tourism Sector include Managers at Walt Disney World Florida, Merlin Group, Oakwood Theme Park, Heritage Managers, Executives with Visit Wales, Ritz Carlton Resorts, Capella Hotels, Cruise Ships, Local Authorities, Tour Operators and Airlines

Further Information

This is an exciting vocational programme designed to develop distinctive and globally focused tourism management graduates. The programme is vocationally orientated and provides students with the hospitality and leadership skills vital for this sector as well as the academic foundations.

The sustainability agenda is integral to this programme along with developing sustainable globally focused employability skills. This will include an emphasis on developing your empowerment and enterprise skills.

Throughout your studies you will be given the opportunity to experience the tourism industry with learning brought alive through a range of field study trips and internships. Innovative strategies include the use of local and international field study trips and a focus on the use of case studies and real life tourism scenarios. Professional lecturing staff have strong industry links which help facilitate exciting opportunities for students to gain behind the scenes tourism experiences.

Related Courses

  • BA Tourism Management
  • BA International Travel and Tourism Management
  • HND Tourism Management
  • HND Events Management
  • BA Leisure Management

Additional Costs

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK trips are no more than £100. For overseas trips costs will be no more than £450.

Students undertaking placements abroad will incur some travel costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA additional visa costs will apply. For example students undertaking placements in Aspen, Colarado in 2017 will be expected to find £2000.

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

32 UCAS points.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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