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Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality — Foundation Degree (FdA)

Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Course ID: 174494

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Dynamic course designed for students who are looking to step into the Travel and Tourism sector.
  • Specialist modules give the course particular focus leading to the achievement of one of the two foundation degrees available.
  • Validated by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
  • Study in our state of the art Duke Street campus.

What to expect from the course

The Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality is a two-year course that is designed for students who are looking to step into the dynamic Travel, Tourism or Hospitality sectors.

With the huge growth in the local visitor economy together with the global nature of the service sector, students will join a course where a career and an exciting future awaits.

Students are taught by industry experts who can help students to build their academic and Travel and Tourism skills, thus enabling them to progress onto the final year of the BA (Hons) International Tourism Management at Liverpool John Moores University.

The rationale for foundation degrees centres on the 'thinking practitioner' by linking theory and practice to develop students effective management and operational skills.

The course is academic, broad based and is designed to provide students with the ability to understand and apply fundamental theories and concepts of tourism, leisure and hospitality to a variety of industry scenarios.

The Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality is validated by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality – Foundation Degree (FdA) Programme Handbook (2023-24)

The programme specification for this course is also available to applicants online:

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality – Foundation Degree (FdA) Programme Specification

Modules studied at Level 4:

  • Introduction to International Tourism
  • Personal and Academic Development
  • Customer Experience in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality
  • Professional Development 1
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality in Liverpool
  • Impacts of Tourism

Modules studied at Level 5:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Events Management
  • Revenue Management
  • Professional Development 2
  • Research Methods
  • Responsible Tourism and Sustainability

Note: an integrate component of the course is for you to complete 160 hours (each year) of Professional Development in an industry to which you aspire to work in the future.

How will I be taught?

The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme link directly to the vocational context and diversify into a range of skills required by the tourism and hospitality industries.

Teaching and Learning methods include formal lectures and seminars, which underpin the theoretical framework in which the sector operates. Also included: Lectures; tutor-led tutorials; small group activities; self-directed learning using research-based teaching materials and methods; problem-based learning scenarios; mentoring in the work environment; work-based learning. Students undertake managed activities within their own workplace and are expected to demonstrate reflection on their own practice, as applied to their own workplace.

Relatively small class sizes is a key feature of the course that enables a high level of support and so facilitates the rapid development of an improved academic writing style.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through a variety of methods including: essays, formal reports, reflective critiques, individual presentations, academic poster, a debate and a group discussion.

Assessment of work-based learning is evidenced through the production of a self-reflective document, examining 'critical incidents' in depth. In a number of modules, the employer has 10% of the student's mark and gives individual feedback on a number of competencies: self-management and development; managing tasks; communicating clearly and effectively; working with and relating to others; applying initiative in work problems; the ability to meet learning outcomes.

Who is the course intended for?

This course is intended for anyone who has an interest in a career in tourism, leisure or hospitality who ultimately wishes to progress into management e.g.: Tour operators, cruises, hotels, travel agents, restaurants, visitor attractions, destination management.

Graduates of the programme have ended up working as:

  • Holiday Representatives
  • Travel Agents
  • Events Managers in Dubai
  • Reservation Managers in Hotels

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.


Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Students will attend Graduation with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and also with The City of Liverpool College.


Fees for the course will be paid directly to the City of Liverpool College.


Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality

Why study with us?

Students regularly comment on the following aspects of the Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality:

Open door policy: One aspect that continues to be a strength of the courses, 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.

Quality of teaching: Students enjoy the mix of interactive lessons and sessions with individualised targeted research. This approach helps students develop skills and the ability to achieve their Foundation Degree. A high level of students are motivated to pursue Honours degree level study on completion of this programme.

Excellent support: The team has 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.

Students on the Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality have access to a fantastic range of facilities and resources through Liverpool John Moores University, such as IT suites and libraries, in addition to those available at the City of Liverpool College.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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 International Tourism Management. Please note: 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.

The majority of students, upon completing the Foundation Degree, elect to progress onto the final year within Liverpool John Moores University. The Foundation Degree is also recognised by other institutions for direct entry into level study (Year 3) in areas such as, Events Management, Airport and Aviation Management, Heritage Attractions Management.

The programme appeals to applicants with a wide range of career aspirations. The destinations graduates have progressed to include:
- careers within Hotels across a range of departments (reception, events, reservations, management)
- hosting events for the local authority
- events managements around the world
- holiday representative
- airline staff
- supervisor on cruise ships

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or above (must include English and preferably maths) and any of the following:

• A-levels
• BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma or equivalent
• NVQ Level 3
• Advanced Diploma
• Access to HE

NOTE: 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’. Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

All applicants are required to attend an interview prior to acceptance on the course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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

Fee for24/25 is 8300.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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