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Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality — Foundation Degree (FdA)

Course information

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

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 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.

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

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.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163556

Course Year: 21/22

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

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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