Tourism Management - BA Hons Degree - Topup
Course Code: TH1HE145
UCAS Code: 4K23
Blackpool and the Fylde College remains committed to providing a highly responsive curriculum that is employment and future-focused and will enable you to develop the essential knowledge and skills that will prepare you for future success in work and life.
Since 2010, tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK in terms of employment. Revenue from inbound tourism has increased by 30% since 2008, making the industry the UK’s fifth largest export earner. Domestic tourism has also grown significantly and Britain is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025 (VisitBritain.org.uk). Tourism is Blackpool’s main industry and accounts for 24,000 full time equivalent jobs, generating £1.295b within the local economy (Blackpool.gov.uk) in 2012-13.
People 1stin their State of the Nation Report 2013 found that management and leadership skills, essential within this industry, are generally accepted to be poor in the sector. Placing emphasis on these skills in the revised programme, will address this need. The report estimates that the industry will require an additional 660,200 people trained at management and supervisory level by 2020 if it is to fulfil its potential.
It is important for B&FC to have an H.E. offer in Tourism Management, in order to support the local economy and to provide opportunities to develop managerial skills for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. This programme gives you a strong foundation in key business disciplines that are taught alongside, and support, tourism industry specific modules.
Unique features of the programme include
· a close involvement with employers through work based learning, visiting speakers, industry visits and contextualised assessments;
· modules that are designed with a business focus as well as contemporary tourism specific ones;
· small classes where debate can flourish;
· staff who are academically well qualified as well as being close to the realities of the industry through ongoing knowledge transfer with employers.
Successful completion of a Lancaster University Foundation Degree in a Tourism related subject
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
At level 6, lectures will be used to present key themes, ideas and contemporary issues in tourism and management. These are supported by seminars, which allow key elements, journal articles and case study material to be examined and explored in detail, to promote further understanding and apply concepts in a work setting. Workshops and student initiated discussions and debates are included to build responsibility and confidence, encouraging a reflective approach, generating new ideas and enhancing the learning experience. All of these fit within the constructivist paradigm and are informed by Conversation Theory (Pask, 1975).
Students at level 6 will be assigned a Dissertation Mentor who will support each learner through the process while providing academic guidance, critical assessment and encouragement.
Summative assessment is delivered through written reports, oral presentations, essays and exams. The principal reasons for selecting these methods of assessment and feedback are that they are tourism industry informed and address subject knowledge and employability skills. For example, the ability to present a business case in a management report is a required skill in a place of work. A more academic and reflective personal development essay, on the other hand, allows students to develop self-awareness and the ability to individually identify areas of weakness and strength for their career development and future study. The need for pitching and presenting a case to employers or other stakeholders is assessed by presentations. Working under pressure is simulated through exams and time constrained in-class activities.
Non-directive methods that enable the student to play a more active role in classroom delivery which facilitate critical thought, debate and further enquiry will be embedded within the whole curriculum and include online forums, project design and research groups. Individualised learning strategies in the form of action plans will allow students to build the skills for critically integrating research methodologies at level 6. Completing a Dissertation at level 6 will allow learners to test their own hypotheses, using research study skills to critically investigate public sector practices, in their chosen area of study.
Tutorials at level 6 are delivered in weekly structured sessions and 1-2-1 meetings using the Partners for Success framework. Graduate help and advice is posted on the VLE news forum to make students aware of upcoming opportunities both in the UK and abroad. The programme provides graduates, with a valuable skill set. For example, ICT, and presentation skills, including pitching for business, are developed throughout the programme through written and verbal assessments, (question and answer and inter-active exercises) both assessed and non-assessed. Students are also encouraged to develop an argument, conduct analysis and critically evaluate material through journal articles and classroom debate. Other graduate skills developed are independent thinking, teamwork and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to real life situations. Students are prepared to become critical, strategic thinkers and creative problem solvers who will be able to take employment at a senior management level.
The course will be managed by a Programme Leader who will ensure modules are time-tabled to meet student needs and would depend on the dynamics of the recruitment of students.
Examinations are used in modules where they are pedagogically appropriate and levels 4, 5 and 6. The concept of an examination at level 4 is to check understanding but also to prepare students for level 5, where they will have two examinations (in Marketing and Finance). The rationale for only having two exams at level 5 rather than the recommended three is due to the vocational nature of the modules and the learning outcomes in particular. Two of the six modules are practical in nature (WBL and Live Event Project) and the learning outcomes for Sustainable Tourism and Business & Enterprise do not lend themselves to examination as an assessment type. At level 6 there are examinations in Strategic management, Global Tourism and Destination Planning and Place-making (three from five modules).
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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