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About the course

Ideally suited to students who have previously completed a related foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification; this one-year top-up will help you to develop your understanding of global trends, management strategies and the interconnectivity that exists between the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Upon successful completion of the course you will have earned a full undergraduate degree.

The curriculum you’ll study covers a variety of relevant topics including global trends in tourism; cultural heritages; business management and international marketing. Each unit looks at issues as they relate to the travel and tourism industry, encouraging you to use your existing knowledge and apply it in combination with new skills.

The course also has a strong focus on employability, helping you to 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, case-studies, problem solving exercises and critiques - all carried out with the direct support of our experienced course team.

Solent University has been successfully running undergraduate degrees in tourism since 2000, staffed by experts in a range of travel, tourism and management fields. This expertise ensures that the content is up to date and that you are learning sought-after workplace skills. Industry contacts are also involved in the delivery of the course, speaking at guest lectures and offering improved access to site visits, case studies and networking events.

After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

Students gain industry experience by taking part in course-specific field trips.

What does this course lead to?

This top-up will equip students with the key skills and confidence required to enter the field of international travel, tourism and hospitality. Students may find themselves working with travel agencies, on-location at destinations or as in-house travel specialists.

Suitable roles include international tourism management, sales, events promotion, travel marketing, attraction management and tour operation. 

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the ideal way for students with a relevant qualification at HND level (or equivalent) to earn a full honours degree in just one year.

Applicants for this programme come from a wide range of academic background. Candidates should aspire for careers in global tourism, air travel, destination management, hospitality or other related roles.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry NN81
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Optional costs
Optional field trip - travel from the University will be included but you will be responsible for paying for any additional extras such as refreshments, lunch, etc.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent) 

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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 link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Business Consultancy/Management Project
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • International Travel, Hospitality and Tourism in Action
  • National and Cultural Heritage Tourism Management


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

Key figures


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Joanne Hooker academic profile Joanne Hooker Course Leader View profile
Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Senior Lecturer View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior Lecturer View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki 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.


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.

Visits from key industry partners, guest speakers and alumni give students the opportunity to build a professional network. Students study a broad range of travel and tourism topics, developing all-round capabilities and boosting their employability.

Your future

Upon completion of this degree you may consider consolidating your studies by following a master’s programme. Suitable courses here at Solent include MSc Project Management, Master of Business Administration, MSc International Business Management or MSc Management.

Industry links

Our experienced team have a wealth of industry experience in all aspects of travel, tourism, hospitality, cruise and event management. As a result, the team has built up a range of dynamic relationships across the sector. For example, each year students volunteer at the International Cruise Convention, dealing with up to 700 delegates and gaining valuable industry experience.

Our graduates have gone on to work at various prestigious venues and continue to support the University by facilitating workplace visits and guest lectures.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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