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Studying tourism and air travel at Buckinghamshire New University opens up a world of possibilities and an ample range of career prospects. What makes our degree unique – and gives you a head start - is the specific emphasis on the air travel sector.
Our team of lecturers have extensive experience of working in airlines and tourism operations. And we’ve designed the International Tourism Management with Air Travel course with input from top industry professionals, ensuring you gain the skills employers are looking for.
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Why study this subject?
Are you interested in working in the travel and tourism sector? Excited about global travel and the behind-the-scenes operations that are involved?
A BA (Hons) in International Tourism with Air Travel degree programme gives you a broad understanding of the industry and empowers you with the transferable skills and understanding that this field demands.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BA (Hons) in International Tourism with Air Travel innovative degree programme keeps pace with the continuous changes within the travel and tourism industry. This ensures you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills that this energetic sector demands.
Having in-depth knowledge of current and pressing issues - such as globalisation and sustainability - will allow you to get to grips with the sectors, understand them and improve your career prospects.
On this degree, you’ll get to study modules shared with Airline and Airport Management students and pilots, giving you direct exposure to build your knowledge. We also offer domestic and international field trips to illustrate theory and enrich your experience.
We offer seasonal employment opportunities to enable you to gain valuable skills for your future career. Work experience allows you to apply what you’ve learned and enhance your CV for when you graduate. We take great pride in ensuring our students are supported in accessing the work opportunities they wish to pursue.
Our tourism and aviation degree programmes have been developed with industry experts and attract a number of guest lecturers. The department continuously pursues new partnerships in order to help you find suitable placements and ensure the course remains current.
With our professional links, small class sizes, and dedicated and supportive staff, we’ll help you gain the experience, skills and knowledge you need to prepare you for a successful career in this exciting sector.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
On our BA (Hons) International Tourism with Air Travel you will get to explore the key issues facing the travel and aviation sectors and gain the skills employers are looking for.
You'll begin this course looking into the structure and development of the air transport industry. In the first year you'll focus on Tourism Destinations and Attractions and Travel and Tourism Marketing, and the importance of managing customer service. You'll develop a deep understanding of the industry's key sustainability and operational challenges. We are looking for adaptable, forward-thinking applicants who can develop strong leadership and management qualities.
We'll give you the opportunity to undertake seasonal work experience which will provide you with further insight into the international travel and tourism sector. During this time, you'll be able to fine-tune the skills learned in the classroom in a practical, real-time setting.
By the time you finish this degree you will have specific knowledge of the day-to-day operation and management of the various tourism sectors. You will have studied key modules in tourism, airline, airport and business management and have examined globalisation and collaboration within the tourism and air transport industry.
There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
The dedicated and supportive course team are committed to nurturing your development, ensuring you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
In addition to the core curriculum, you will also benefit from additional activities, all designed to bolster your career prospects. These include talks from guest speakers, support by Careers Service and Learning Development Unit. Tutors will also help you try to find work-experience suited to your needs.
Modules are delivered through a blend of lectures, interactive seminars, workshops, small-group activities and debates and are supported by e-learning material delivered through the Virtual Learning Environment.
In seminars small groups of students discuss the contents of the lectures, undertake exercises and receive guidance and assistance from the module lecturers.
Assessment methods are those considered most appropriate to the nature of the programme. For example, the likelihood of any employee within the travel or aviation industries being called upon to write an essay is minimal. However, the ability to write structured, focused, well researched, analytical, evaluative or informative reports and make well prepared, coherent, focused presentations is an undeniable asset to those seeking employment in the industry
Assessments include group work; a poster presentation; the use of quantitative research methods (basic forecasting); written assignments (generally reports); cumulative exercises; a reflective journal; and time-constrained assignments (TCAs).
As you progress through the programme, you will be expected to undertake longer reports and presentations are required; the emphasis moves to assessing analytical and evaluative ability.
In your final year, assessment is geared to testing: criticality; reflection; complex problem solving; and decision making. There is still a varied menu of assignments which includes such approaches as reports, presentations, business and research proposals, and case study analysis among others.
The final Research Project or Business Plan and Proposal provides the ultimate test of your ability to source, critically analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a wide variety of sources and to apply their findings and recommendations to real-world situations.
Assignments retain their employment focus throughout the programme, and provide you with valuable skills to help prepare you for your future career.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success, Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Introduction to Aviation, Tourism and Events
Year 2 Modules
Developments of the Air Transport Sector
Airline and Airport Marketing
Introduction to Finance and Economics
Managing Customer Service
Professional Skills and Development
Structure of the Air Transport Industry
Tourism Destinations and Attractions
Tourism and Society
Year 3 Modules
Sustainability and Responsibility Management
Employment Research and Planning
Human Resource Management
Hospitality and Tourism
Year 4 Modules
Critical Issues in Tourism
Aviation in the Global Context
Business and Enterprise (optional)
The Future of the Air Transport Industry
Destination Planning and Development
Research Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
When you graduate from this course, you'll have acquired the skills and in-depth knowledge required for a successful career in this dynamic industry.
Many of our graduates secure positions with large airline companies, such as Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines, in ground handling and air cabin crew positions. Our alumni are also employed at airports such as London Heathrow and City Airport, working in a variety of roles such as ground handling agents and service operators.
Your career prospects span beyond the air travel industry to include accommodation and hospitality providers and tour operators. You will also be qualified for work in tourism marketing agencies, and for developers of niche tourism products, such as ecotourism and adventure tourism.
Alternatively, with entrepreneurship being studied in your final year, you may choose to develop your own small tourism venture.
You could also decide to further your studies at postgraduate level, and we offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees at Buckinghamshire New University to choose from.