Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality — Foundation Degree (FdA)

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Course information

The rationale for Foundation Degrees centres on the 'thinking practitioner' by linking theory and practice to produce effective management and operational skills. The delivery of the modules will reflect this. The course is broad based and is designed to provide students with an understanding of, and the ability to, apply fundamental theories and concepts of tourism, leisure and hospitality. Specialist modules give the course particular focus leading to the achievement of one of the two foundation degrees available.
Programme Content. Themes studied will include the following:
Year 1
Professional Development, Study skills, Understanding Consumer Behaviour, Investigating key themes in Management.
Year 2
Professional Development, Researching information, Marketing; Managing Events.
In addition to this, one specialist module will be completed each year depending upon pathway choice:
Tourism Pathway - Specialising Tourism, Studying International Tourism Management
Hospitality Pathway – Understanding Health and safety, Production of food, Food and Beverage Management, understanding revenue management.
Work experience, placement or a job in a related industry are an essential part of the programme. It is feasible to utilise existing employment if the employer is in agreement. For students who are not employed in the industry, the onus is on the student to identify and acquire their own placement, however assistance will be given.
Skills and Knowledge Developed:
Knowledge and understanding
- Key methods and concepts of social science theories related to tourism, leisure and hospitality.
- Key strategies of management and marketing as applied to the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries
- The application of theoretical perspectives to practical situations in the workplace.
- The production, supply and consumption of a range of services with respect to tourism, leisure and hospitality
- The theoretical perspectives and current practice regarding behaviour management
- Ethical, sustainable and legal practices within the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries
- The application of research in the chosen area
Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated
Interactive lectures, tutor-led tutorials, small group activities, self-directed learning, case studies and reflective practice applied to their own place of work.
Skills and other attributes
Intellectual Skills
- To integrate, evaluate and apply concepts from appropriate disciplines
- To develop a critical understanding of the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries
- To identify and solve problems individually and/or co-operatively
- To identify, analyse and interpret data from a wide range of sources
- To demonstrate reflective skills
Special Features: Students regularly comment on the following aspects of the course:
1. Open door policy
One aspect that continues to be a strength of the course is the personal connection with the learners. Student feedback confirms that they appreciate the support from tutors, happy in the knowledge that they can approach the team for help at any time, and will get it.
2. Quality of teaching
Students enjoy the mix of interactive lessons and sessions with individualised targeted research. This approach helps students develop skills and ability to achieve their Foundation Degree and a high level are motivated to pursue Honours degree level study on completion of this programme.
3. Excellent support
The team have all incorporated more uniform mark sheets into module handbooks that enable a consistent and high level of feedback on marked work. This facilitates students learning from feedback and so helps continuous development in the quality of their work.
Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


FdA Tourism and FdA Leisure or FdA Leisure and Hospitality, depending on the pathway followed. The qualifications are awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

This is a level 5 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

This course leads to...

Subject to availability of places within the university, successful completion of the Foundation Degree provides students wishing to study at degree level with progression to the third (final) year of the Liverpool John Moores
University BA (Hons) in Tourism Management. (Students will be required to attend LJMU study skills sessions (critical thinking, writing a literature review, dissertation etc, and will be interviewed prior to acceptance onto the Level 6 course)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:
Four GCSEs at grade C or above (must include English and preferably maths) and any of the following in a relevant subject area: A- Levels, BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma or equivalent/HNC, NVQ level 3, Advanced Diploma, Access to HE. Relevant industrial experience may be considered for mature students. Equally important are the drive and determination to succeed, a good level of written English, and ‘employability’.

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Course ID: 158851

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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