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:
- Professional Development
- Study Skills
- Understanding Consumer Behaviour
- Investigating Key Themes in Management
- Professional Development
- Researching Information
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- Ethical, sustainable and legal practices within the tourism, leisure and
- The application of research in the chosen area
Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to enable outcomes to be
achieved and demonstrated will include interactive lectures, tutor-led
tutorials, small group activities, self-directed learning, case studies and
reflective practice applied to their own place of work.
Over the course of the programme, students will also develop skills:
- to integrate, evaluate and apply concepts from appropriate
- to develop a critical understanding of the tourism, leisure and
- 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
(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
(3) Excellent support – The team have all incorporated 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.
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:
Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.
QualificationsFdA 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...Progression:
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 RequirementsEntry 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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