FdA Tourism Management

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 5
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Ucas Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£9000 per year
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This contemporary programme is taught by industry specialists with considerable experience in the industry.

Employability is an important element of the programme and you will study modules that focus on contemporary issues within the sector, in addition to a diverse range of management and tourism specific modules. You will develop your skills in diverse areas such as IT, communication, time management, team work, research and problem solving and the global tourism industry.

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This programme reflects contemporary issues such as governmental strategies, regional policies, managerial approaches, skills shortages, and equality and diversity. On completion of this foundation degree, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to the tourism sector. This programme will also prepare you to progress to a (BA) Hons top-up degree in a related subject.

The programme aims to:
  • Engage your academic curiosity, stimulate your intellectual capacity and promote creativity and exploration of the industry.
  • Provide you with an academic and vocationally-oriented curriculum that establishes a firm understanding of the concept of tourism management within the sector.
  • Provide a flexible and supportive learning environment and a variety of learning tasks and approaches to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the tourism sector.
  • Develop your independent learning skills.
  • Provide a combination of guest speakers, industry related visits and placement opportunities.
  • Utilise a range of academic and practical teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
  • Facilitate the development of individual values and personal skills.
  • Enable you to develop your talents and pursue your career and/or academic and personal aspirations.


Level 4
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1
  • Tourism Destinations
  • Sales and Marketing in Tourism Management
  • Financial Management in Tourism Management
  • Organisational Behaviour in Tourism Management.

Level 5
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Cultural & Heritage
  • International Tourism Development
  • Enterprise Project.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

On commencement of the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will oversee your development and progression throughout the programme, and will provide pastoral support when required.

Tutorials are conducted termly and allow you to discuss personal learning and progression. Your progression is recorded, facilitating your ownership of targets, tutorials and attendance.

In addition, you will receive academic support from your module tutors, services of the HE Academic Support Tutor, and Personal Learning Coach support. This support will commence in induction and continue throughout the programme when applicable.

Lectures and seminars are classroom based, where applicable there will be guest speakers and visits; there may be a cost attached to some visits.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including:
  • Report writing
  • Essay writing
  • Reflection
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Examinations
  • Discussions and debates.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

A unique selling point of this programme is that you will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of a two month work placement in Europe. The team has close links with the International Office who assist in sourcing placements at New College Durham. Previous students have visited Malta and Belgium (at the time of writing European funding was available to cover basic travel and accommodation costs).

You will have the opportunity to participate in European conferences and workshops either in the UK or in another European country – opportunities are advertised on New College Durham online. Examples of past events include:
  • The United Edinburgh Conference
  • Durham ESA Conference
  • Beamish Museum
  • Busidays Marketing Project
  • The Efterling (The Netherlands) Business Project.

The team will continue to support and promote such European activities as they encourage the development of personal and sector specific skills.

We have strong links with a range of employers in the industry, including:
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral
  • Beamish Museum
  • Crook Hall & Gardens
  • Radisson Blu Hotel
  • Ramside Hall
  • Thomas Cook
  • Killhope Lead Mine
  • Hays Travel
  • Headlam Hall Hotel
  • County Durham Community Fund
  • Premier Inn
  • Newcastle Airport
  • Superbreak
  • Global Travel
  • Head of Steam
  • Park Dean Holidays
  • Visit County Durham
  • Durham Markets
  • Event Durham
  • Marriott Hotel Group.

These links help to provide up-to-date industry knowledge, guest speakers, work experience and graduate training opportunities. Moreover, volunteer opportunities are provided and in recent years a number of students have assisted as volunteers in high profile events, such as the Durham Book Festival, Lumiere, the Town and Gown 5K and the Christmas Market.


As a full-time student, you must complete a minimum of 50 hours work placement during the programme. This can be with one or more providers, depending on your needs, in terms of skills development and experience required to assist in gaining employment in the sector.

The interview process is employer driven and may comprise anything from an informal chat to a formal interview with feedback. If there are several students being interviewed, the employer will make a decision on the most appropriate candidate for the position.

You will negotiate start and end dates, working hours and content of the placement with your employer – you will have a placement tutor who is able to offer advice. The confirmation of placement will be reliant on the organisation meeting Health and Safety and Indemnity Insurance Regulations. Employers will be provided with an ‘Employer Handbook’ outlining the FdA Tourism Management programme’s expectations and standards.

Your work placement mentor will be available to discuss any queries and/or meet with the employer - especially if the employer has not provided New College Durham with work placement opportunities previously.

You could progress to BA (Hons) top-up Management, or specialise in BA (Hons) top-up Management (Events) or BA (Hons) top-up Management (International Business), at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

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Kayley Fender

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Sophie Risdale CS

Sophie Risdale

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What else?

We have a wide range of links with industry and ensure that these are reflected in the course through visits, guest speakers and any other opportunities to experience the real world of tourism management.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will be offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of visits to industry which can be overseas. We work hard to ensure we take advantage of any group or discounted travel rates that we can find. The cost will vary from visit to visit, some of the local visits are offered at no charge if possible.

All Level 5 students will be expected to complete a substantial work placement and this can be either paid or unpaid (depending on the type of experience it is possible to secure at the time). You will need to consider there can be cost implications depending on choice, such as transport costs - particularly in relation to international work placements.

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
To gain entry to the programme, a student must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements to the course. You may be considered for the programme on the basis of relevant work experience, and attainment of skills which demonstrate an ability to study at this level.

Standard Entry criteria:
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English)
  • Appropriate Functional Skills qualifications
  • A minimum of 32 UCAS Credits.

If you do not hold these qualifications, the non-standard entry criteria involves completion of a written assessment activity.
Given the wide experience of potential applicants to this programme, applications for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed in accordance with the College FDAP Academic Regulations. However, these must be discussed as part of the admissions process, as once a student is registered to a programme RPL/RPEL may not be considered for approval.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL):
If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules.