Hospitality School 5

BA (Hons) Hospitality Entrepreneur

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Our Hospitality Entrepreneur degree will help equip you with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in any hospitality entrepreneurship project: from small hospitality business endeavours to innovative, market-disruptive, projects. 

As part of the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), you’ll benefit from our connections to the industry, and have opportunities to gain work experience and build your professional network.


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No. 1 in England for Student Satisfaction*
*Measured by % of positivity across all questions within the larger providers only: taught or registered population (NSS 2023)
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No. 1 Students' Union in the UK*
*As ranked among taught students at non-specialist HEIs (NSS 2023)
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Top for our response to the cost-of-living-crisis*
*Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023
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5th for learning opportunities*
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Top 10 for student support*
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Why study this subject?

This sector contributes significantly to the national and global economy. It is continuously looking for new, transformational and innovative solutions; for graduates to be the hospitality pioneers driving the sector forward. This course will help you become the hospitality entrepreneur employers are looking for. 

Why study at BNU?

This course has been developed to mirror today’s Hospitality industry. Working closely with professionals, we’ve made sure the course helps you to develop the skills and knowledge the industry needs. You’ll engage in real-world, practical activities that will prepare you for a successful entrepreneurial career. 

Undertaking work experience at our Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre is an integral part of the BA (Hons) Hotel Entrepreneur programme. This unique approach to studying at BNU is underlined by our core belief that practical, hands-on experience must always complement a theoretical, research-informed teaching strategy. 

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, by taking part in community projects organised in collaboration with local hotels. You’ll also be able to attend guest talks, industry visits and a wide range of networking events, conferences and seminars organised by our school and our industry partners.

Council for Hospitality Management Education

As part of the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), you’ll benefit from our connections to the industry and have opportunities to gain work experience and build your professional networks.

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Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme

You’ll benefit from our connection with the Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme, the world’s leading, award-winning, professional membership body for hospitality professionals around the globe.

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What facilities can I use? 

During your time studying on this degree, you will spend time at Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre. A former medieval abbey with a history of over 800 years, Missenden Abbey provides the professional backdrop for linking theory to practice. It enables a unique, experiential learning approach that will help to cement your knowledge and skills during your studies. You’ll also benefit from the industry mentorship programme offered by our partner organisations, where you have the opportunity to learn directly from successful hotel leaders.

As well as this you’ll have access to our High Wycombe Campus. Here you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, as well as newly built study and social areas. Our Library is open 24/7 and offers a range of resources to support your studies. We also have a Student Learning Achievement Team, who offer tailored support with research skills, critical thinking and referencing . 

You’ll also be automatically a member of our Students’ Union, which was rated as 1st in the UK in the 2023 National Student Survey. We are the only university in the UK to offer free access to a huge range of events and entertainment,  CV building activities,  as well as competitive and recreational sport and wellbeing activities to enrich your time with us as part of our ‘Big Deal’.

What will I study? 

Our BA (Hons) Hospitality Entrepreneurship course enables you to gain the skills, mindset and confidence needed to start or develop your hospitality entrepreneurial project. We will support you with developing solid business principles, alongside gaining an in-depth theoretical and practical industry knowledge.

You’ll study the core business concepts and strategies associated with hospitality entrepreneurship, including aspects related to developing, funding, planning, and marketing your entrepreneurial project. 

Throughout you time with us you’ll build up on core concepts, studying more specialised subjects focused on innovation, ethics, sustainability, and brand management. As well as this we’ll delve into critical issues, financial management and leadership – including an entrepreneurial business project that will give you the opportunity to develop and launch your business idea.

Studying a BA (Hons) Hospitality Entrepreneur degree at BNU is a unique opportunity for you to gain an in-depth, research-informed, theoretical, and practical understanding of core entrepreneurship approaches and strategies, as applied to various sectors of hospitality. 

Fostering a culture of innovation, growth and sustainability, this course is designed to embed a strong entrepreneurial mindset, providing you with a solid foundation in business management principles and a specialised knowledge of hospitality entrepreneurship.

How will I be taught and assessed? 

Our teaching and learning methods include lectures and seminars, case studies, hands-on projects, guest speakers, field trips, practical work experience and placement opportunities at our Missenden Abbey Hotel and Conference Centre. and with our industry partners. 

You will learn from highly experienced lecturers, who have strong industry links as well as research interests in various aspects related to hospitality and entrepreneurship. Our strong links with industry professionals and trade associations ensure that you will have access to unique guest talks, industry trade shows and seminars.

Placements are an integral part of your course. Your placement will be practice-led, allowing you to gain experience in all departments, including front and back of house operations. You’ll gain experience in the different areas of operations, including restaurant, events, and conference departments. In order for you to make the most of your placement experience, your shifts may include occasional late finishes, or weekend work – as this is an integral part of how hospitality businesses are being operated. You will also benefit from field trips, site visits and residential trips to some of the most iconic hospitality locations. These include places such as Urban Pubs and BarsFlat IronThe Ivy CollectionZetter Hotels, but may vary from year to year.

You will be assessed through a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods, including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • debates
  • student-led seminars
  • pitches
  • live briefs
  • podcasts
  • case studies
  • industry projects
  • Dragon-Den style assessments

And creative live presentations. 

By collaborating with institutions like Missenden Abbey International Hotel and Hospitality School and BNU, we not only shape the future workforce but also identify promising individuals who can bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to our business.
Kerry Crompton-Harris People Director at Compass.
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BA (Hons) Hospitality Entrepreneur Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

We also accept applicants who have achieved the Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3.

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to this course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

International students for whom English is a second language require an IELTS score of 6.0, with no area below 5.5 (or a recognised equivalent).

If you have studied qualifications in another country, please check our requirements on the Your Country page.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects? 

By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and mindset required for you to excel as a hospitality entrepreneur. With a mix of theoretical knowledge, practical activities, research, industry mentorship, and hands-on experiences, this course is your gateway to a fulfilling entrepreneurial career within the hospitality industry.

Whether you are starting your own restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, bed & breakfast, or food truck, you’ll have the confidence to identify market opportunities, to design experiences, to leverage trends, to lead teams and engage with a range of stakeholders.

The Hospitality industry is currently short of talented and passionate leaders. If you aspire to become such a leader and have the desire to study hospitality leadership at a higher level, this programme will help you leave as a professional, a future leader and take the next step to an exciting and progressive career in Hospitality.

Course leader

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Lisa Wyld
  • Head, Missenden Abbey International Hospitality and Hotel School
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Birte Schmitz
  • Senior Lecturer
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  • Associate Professor
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