BA (Hons) Tourism and Economics combines the skills development from the economics subject with a knowledge and understanding of the key requirements of successful tourism organisations and it equips graduates with the skills and knowledge required to manage tourism within an evolving global marketplace.
The course has a strong emphasis on enterprise and enables students to develop industry sought after competencies for students to progress their career within the dynamic, multi-faceted industry. The course is also designed to make you attractive to prospective employers through the development of practical skills such as the ability to problem solve, work in groups, research and use research methods and work independently.
What happens on the course?
You will have the oppurtunity to undertake a 40 credit placement at Level 5 of study.
5BU005 Supervised Work Experience (40 Credits)
University of Wolverhampton offers students an opportunity to study Tourism and Economics to gain a knowledge and understanding of the recent developments in economics and the application of economic concepts to current issues and challenges in the dynamic, multi-faceted tourism industry. There will be opportunities for practical application of learning through work placement, field trips and consultancy projects.
As part of your study of Tourism and Economics you will develop skills in the organisation and analysis of statistical data, the interpretation of economic issues and the communication of economic ideas. These skills have been identified as being in demand by employers by a number of surveys, such as the one carried-out by the Economics Network.
The teaching at the University is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners, and benefits from technology supported learning so that you can develop your quantitative and IT skills whilst developing and presenting exciting and industry-relevant assessments.
The teaching team bring with them a wealth of industry experience from across the world and from a wide range of public, private, and voluntary sector organisations. The team is active in research and writing textbooks that inform the teaching on this course and continue to deliver applied research to ensure they remain at the cutting-edge of industry developments.
The team have many associations with industry partners including Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). The department is a member of The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE), the Association of Event Management Education (AEME) and The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).
Furthermore, the University is an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence which recognises leading universities that work particularly closely with the Institute to develop and maintain high professional standards throughout the travel and tourism industry. The University receives support in organising industrial placements, access to high level industry speakers, and access to senior industry figures for research purposes and will grant an annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award to a student identified by the University.
Designed to nurture talents and provide platform for engagement with the business community in the region, the University of Wolverhampton Business School building will provide state of the art facilities such as executive education suite, innovative teaching and learning spaces, an IT suite, consulting rooms and a central social space and café. This building and its facilities will provide conducive environment for student learning and HE experience.
There are many internal and external initiatives which have been developed to support students’ employability development and to boost your career prospects with real life business experience. For example the Challenge Academy, organised and delivered by the university, is a network of students who undertake short-term projects on behalf of businesses. During the first and second year of the degree students take a module which gives them an opportunity to undertake a placement, in the final year there are opportunities to undertake real life consultancy projects. Between the second and third year of the degree students have an opportunity to take a sandwich placement, which is a ten months paid placement in the industry. The University’s Careers Centre provides assistance in finding suitable placements and making successful applications, from identifying a job role to CV writing, applications, interviews and assessment centres. Every module delivered as part of this course aims to give students exposure to the industry, this is either through a field trip or an industry speaker guest talk. All university students are eligible for the ERASMUS+ EU Placements. These are paid or unpaid placements organised in the area of students’ study or interest in a number of European Union countries. There are two to twelve months summer or yearlong placements which are organised and funded by the scheme (flights, insurance, accommodation, transfers etc.). The University has a team of careers consultants and employability advisers who offer help with the above opportunities. There is also a virtual jobs boards called the Workplace which advertises a multitude of casual and permanent roles. These may be of interest to you whilst studying with us or as you look for your first post-university graduate job.
The graduates from this programme would have a range of skills that are in demand from employers, as demonstrated by the survey carried out by the Economics Network in 2014-15.
A degree in Tourism and Economics will prepare students for a range of career opportunities in regeneration, consultancy, destination management, as well as market research, as they will have developed the skills to understand the influence and impacts of tourism upon the community, environment and economy, and the careful balance required to develop tourism locally, nationally and globally in a range of tourism business environments, supported by a knowledge and understanding of concepts and characteristics of economics and tourism and related business functions.
This course provides students with a range of skills, knowledge and abilities, work experience opportunities and a portfolio of work which demonstrates their employability. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the industry through guest talks and company visits, placements built into modules, ERASMUS study exchange, Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award, annual Career Development Week, an accredited optional sandwich year between the second and third year and summer placements.
Specifically graduates of this course will:
1. Have the ability and knowledge necessary to work within the dynamic, changing and increasingly technology-reliant global tourism industry.
2. Be able to identify the uniqueness of contemporary tourism resources, analyse information and effectively communicate this to colleagues, managers and customers to support business and develop this into exciting local, regional, national or international tourism products.
3. Critically apply economic reasoning to a range of situations and appreciate that a number of alternative explanations and prescriptions may exist.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the sources and content of economic data and evidence and of those methods that be applied appropriately to the analysis of such data to the tourism subject area.
5. Effectively communicate economic ideas both verbally and in writing to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
6. Be able to develop critical evaluative skills, generate knowledge and implement proposed solution towards development and management of tourism projects/business.
What skills will you gain?
For the award of an honours degree, you, the student, will be able to:
Have the ability and knowledge necessary to work within the dynamic, changing and increasingly technology-reliant global tourism industry, critically applying economic reasoning.
Have the skills to work in a range of tourism business environments, supported by a knowledge and understanding of concepts and characteristics of economics and tourism and related business functions such as Marketing, Human Resources, Strategy and Operations Management that are necessary to be an effective manager.
Be able to identify the uniqueness of contemporary tourism resources and develop these into exciting local, regional, national or international tourism products.
Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the sources and content of economic data, develop and analyse information and effectively communicate this to colleagues, managers and customers to support tourism business development.
Understand the influence and impacts of economics and tourism upon the community and the environment, and the careful balance required to develop tourism locally, nationally and globally.
Be able to develop critical evaluative skills, generate knowledge and implement proposed solution towards development and management of economics and tourism projects/business.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please seehttp://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.