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Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality — Foundation Degree (FdA)

Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Course ID: 163556

Course Year: 21/22

What to expect from the course

This dynamic course is designed for students that are looking to step into the Travel and Tourism sector. With the huge growth in the local visitor economy together with the global nature of the service sector, come and join a course where a career and an exciting future awaits.

You are taught by industry experts that can help build your academic skills as well as your Travel and Tourism skills.

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 reflect this.

The course is academic, 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.

The modules studied will include the following:

    Year 1:
  • Professional Development 1
  • Personal and Academic Development
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Management Functions

    Year 2:
  • Professional Development 2
  • Research Methods
  • Marketing
  • Events Management

In addition to this, specialist modules will be completed in each semester, depending upon pathway choice:

Tourism Pathway:

Year 1: Special Interest Tourism; Impacts of Tourism in a Global Perspective.

Year 2: Current Issues in Travel, Tourism and Aviation; International Tourism.


Hospitality Pathway:

Year 1: Health, Safety and Law in a Hospitality Context; Food Production Management.

Year 2: International Food and Beverage Management; Revenue Management.

NB: An integral 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.

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 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
  • 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.

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

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

FD Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Programme Handbook (20-21)


Foundation Degree in Tourism and Leisure and Foundation Degree in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality

Why study with us?

Students regularly comment on the following aspects of the Tourism and Leisure / Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality courses:

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.

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.

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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/HNC
• 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 48 points

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 for21/22 is 8278.00
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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