BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management

Quick facts about the course:

University: A.R.U. London

Campus: London: 19 Charterhouse St, London EC1N 6RA

Duration: 3 years or 4 years with foundation

Starts: September, January, May

Britain’s tourism sector is an economic powerhouse. Generating £106 billion a year, employing over 2 million people, supporting thousands of businesses, and making up over 80% of the UK's total visitor economy, the UK’s tourism sector is a vital part of the UK and global economy.

Tourism is recognised as a leading sector in the UK government’s future economic planning. Along with the national tourism agency ‘Visit Britain/Visit England,’ they are building a significant and long-lasting strategy to drive economic growth, focusing on increasing productivity through developing skills, career paths, and building seasonality. Tourism is, therefore, driving continual demand for specialist graduates who not only understand both the theories of business and tourism management but are also equipped with practical experience.

This course has been developed to give students the key business skills needed for a successful career in this sector. There is a particular focus on the current challenges facing the tourism industry. These include sustainability, global issues, ethical tourism, diverse competition, and crisis management. Designed to unlock your potential by enhancing both your commercial awareness and specialist subject knowledge, this course is a perfect entrance into this exciting, important, and growing industry.


*All students enrolled onto this degree will be able to access free membership into the Institute of Hospitality. Uniting professionals, Promoting excellence, Facilitating learning. 

ARU London's standard offer is 104 UCAS tariff points from 3 A Levels, e.g. BCC.

Alternatively, ARU London asks for:

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBCCC.
  • Scottish Highers: BBCCC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a business-related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points.

Applicants studying for other qualifications should contact ARU London to discuss their circumstances.

We also welcome applications from mature individuals who can demonstrate appropriate, relevant work experience.

All applicants are required to have at least 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above including English and Maths. Students whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied in the UK are required to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

In your third year, you will undertake the Tourism and Events Live Project which will enable you to integrate your academic knowledge with experiences beyond the classroom and combine your developing knowledge, skills, and personal ideas to expand transferable skills which can be applied in the workplace. This is prodigious for your CV, and will cement your footing in the industry.

Your lecturers all have first-hand experience of business and hospitality. You are therefore assured that the content of your degree will be directly relevant to the demanding, constantly evolving world of business and tourism.

During your studies, there will be the opportunity to participate in the Employability Scheme with the specific objective of enhancing your future employment prospects. This includes CV workshops, interview techniques, career counselling and visits from prospective employers.

We work with several employers to be able to offer parttime work in conjunction with our courses. On successful completion of this course, you might choose to move onto our postgraduate studies, such as our Master of Business Administration (MBA) International.

We encourage all students to consider their future when choosing what degree to study. We don't expect everyone to know what they want to do after university, but it is important that the associated jobs interest you.

Associated Jobs:

  • Tour Manager
  • Travel Agency Manager
  • Tourist Information Centre Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Event Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Holiday Representative

Structure and content

See below for the modules you will study:

Year 1

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Environment
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Managing Quality in Hospitality, Tourism and Events
  • Business Finance

Year 2

  • Customer Service for Tourism and Hospitality
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Tourism Management
  • Principles and Practices of Marketing
  • Sustainability in Career Development

Year 3

  • Tourism and Events Management Live Project
  • Business Strategy
  • Sustainable and Ethical Tourism (15 credits)
  • Global Hospitality and Tourism Issues (15 credits)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (Integrated Case Study)

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of methods from coursework, group assignments, activity-based assignments and exams. You can expect to part take in on-going problem-solving activities, projects and presentations. You’ll also be able to access support material through our ARU Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All assignments are designed with your career progression in mind and give you opportunities to develop and improve transferable skills employers look for.