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About the course

Looking for a fast paced career in international air travel operations and tourism? With a unique focus on the point at which air travel and tourism overlap, this course will help equip you with valuable business, project management and customer relations skills while you build a thorough understanding of these two interlinked industries.

Solent University’s international air travel and tourism degree guides students as they develop a thorough understanding of the industry and the key roles within it. This includes study of how and why specific activities are undertaken at airports and in depth analysis of the contemporary issues currently affecting the global aviation and tourism industry. 

Industry experts played an integral role in designing and developing this degree. This involvement ensures that the content is up to date and teaches students relevant and sought-after skills. These industry contacts are also involved in the delivery of the course, speaking at guest lectures and offering students improved access to site visits, case studies and live projects. 

The course also has a strong focus on employability - students will develop transferable business and management skills that can be applied in a wide range of careers. Theory is reinforced through discussions with peers and industry experts, role play, simulations, problem solving and critiques - all with the direct support of the experienced course team. 

Students have the opportunity to attend two field trips whilst studying, these provide an essential personal, experiential and practical environment for learning, and enable students to further hone skills taught in the classroom. Third year students may also choose to undertake an optional year-long work placement. The University has a dedicated placement office who can offer support with applications both before and after graduation.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

A curriculum built around the needs of the industry helps ensure that graduates are suitable for a range of relevant roles.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates are able to pursue roles in the global tourism and air travel industry. These includes the travel trade, tour operators, airlines, airports, aviation supporting industries, hospitality and destination management. The course curriculum ensures that students can also pursue careers outside of travel and tourism, applying transferable business and interpersonal skills to a range of corporate positions.

Graduates may also manage their own business, applying their knowledge in a way that helps the business grow, or pursue a portfolio career, where personal ventures are combined with part-time work or work within small to medium businesses.

Who is this course for?

Applicants for Solent’s air travel and tourism management programme come from a wide range of academic background. Candidates should aspire for careers in global tourism, air travel, destination management, hospitality or any other related role.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry N838

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year 8N3N
  • 4 Years Standard Entry N839
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Printing (normal and dissertation): £100
Field trips, living expenses and some excursions: £100-150

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Event and Tourism Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 
Placement year  4 years  Apply 

Events and Tourism Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply
Placement year  5 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • World Tourism Perspectives
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Introduction to the Air Travel Industry
  • Professional Practice for Tourism and Events
  • Tourism and Events Business Practice
  • Tourism and Events Research Skills

Year two

Core units
  • Research Methods for Leisure Services Industry
  • Tourism Destination Management and Planning
  • Airport Operations Management
  • Air Travel Operations Management
  • Work Based Professional Studies
  • Customer Services for Air Travel, Tourism and Events
  • Tourism and Events Research Skills


  • Work Placement

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Dissertation for Leisure Services Industry


  • Consultancy Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Aviation and Tourism
  • Risk Management for Air Travel and Tourism
  • Strategic Management for Air Travel and Tourism Industry


  • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel
  • Hospitality Management 
  • Globalisation of the Cruise Industry
  • Business Start Up


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Course Leader View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students are encouraged to make use of the 24 hour library throughout their studies. The library features a fully networked resource centre equipped with both Apple and Microsoft workstations and a selection of private group working spaces.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students take part in excursions and field studies where theory learnt in the classroom can be applied to real industry scenarios and the course is taught by a team with extensive professional and research experience.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • International tourism marketing
  • Customer services
  • Public sector tourism
  • Visitor management
  • Heritage attractions management
  • International hospitality
  • Global cruise industry
  • Tourism research
  • International tour operation
  • Resort management

Industry links

This course has been developed in consultation with Southampton Airport, Easy Jet, FlyBe and other local tourism businesses. This advice and support has ensured the course is up to date and meets the needs of industry employers.

Previous tourism students have benefited from a programme of industry guest speakers, who supplied insights from inside the industry. Speakers have included:

  • Ken Robinson, past chairman of the Tourism Society,
  • Paul Griffiths, Operations Manager at the Mary Rose Museum,
  • and Kirsty Gallagher, a Hampshire County Council tourism officer.


During the second year of the programme students will study a work-based professional studies unit. This unit is mandatory and requires students to have gained a minimum of 210 hours of work experience.  

This may be either full-time in the summer or part-time over the course of the first year.  Students studying on the placement year option are supported to find work experience by the course team and the University’s employability service.

Further study

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