Travel & Tourism

Why choose this course?

This 240 credit undergraduate programme in Travel & Tourism introduces students to a truly international industry, with well-developed international opportunities in sectors including eco-tourism, travel operators, resort management, and many more!

As a student on this programme you will be encouraged to appraise and understand practices and strategies relevant to the industry, and to explore these matters through discussion and topical debate with your peers.

In order to achieve this qualification, graduates should develop a working knowledge of the principles and application of operations within the travel & tourism industry, and with this there is the opportunity to embark on a professional career, or to progress onto achieving a full Bachelors Degree. 

How is this program taught?

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods depending upon your chosen mode of study, including: lectures, seminars, practical assignments, group activities, personal research and case studies.  Personal and group study, and independent research, are integral in studying this course, helping you to develop the transferrable skills that you will need in the workplace.

Depending upon your chosen mode of study, some or all modules include web and digital-based elements to promote the flexibility of today’s progressive study environment.  Travel & Tourism students are often required to engage with industry players, such as resorts and service-industry enterprises, in order to complete assessments, and to show understanding and aptitude of the relevant principles and theories. 

Formal hours of study usually range from 12-16hrs per week, with full-time campus students undertaking some additional hours of classroom engagement, whilst distance-learning students should engage in additional research and project work.

How will I be assessed?

A comprehensive range of assessment practices are used, including essays, reports, oral presentations, group assessments, and investigating relevant strategies and practices in industry.

Examinations are not a typical form of assessment, as evidence-based project work to show your ability to understand and apply the relevant knowledge and skills is a more effective form of learning and assessment in the international Travel & Tourism sector.

If you choose to progress to university for the final stage of your Degree studies, you may find a varied approach to assessment which will ultimately develop your abilities even further.

Hours & credits

This 2-year undergraduate-pathway program is 240 credits, which is the first 2 years of the 360-credit Bachelor’s Degree.   The number of hours generally required for study and project work is 960 direct learning hours for the full program (2 years if studied full-time, or longer if studied part-time). 

Additional research and revision time is usual when undertaking studies at this level.

If you progress complete a Degree with one of our partner universities you will undertake the final 120 credits to receive the full Bachelors.

Entry requirements

For direct entry into the 2-year level 5 program you should usually have the below qualifications or an equivalent:

-          UK A-levels

-          International Baccalaureate

-          An international equivalent

For students who have the equivalent of the GCSE (or iGCSE) level qualification, or if you didn’t achieve satisfactory pass grades in senior school, and need to complete a Foundation Year, you may enrol into the intensive first-year Foundation program to gain the initial 120 credits.  

Successful completion of the Foundation program allows you to enter directly into the 2nd year of the course, and to carry full credits across.

To progress into the final year of the Bachelors Degree with a partner university you must also meet their respective entry requirements, such as satisfactory grades in your first 2 years of study with Axial, and the requisite English language ability for your chosen course of study (each university has individual requirements, and details can be provided to students at the time of their initial application to Axial).

Where will this course take me?

Students who undertake undergraduate-level studies in Travel & Tourism will be able to pursue a career at various levels within this sector.  

Graduates may continue on the study pathway, through the BA Hons qualification and into a Postgraduate Degree in a related field.  For those students who want to move directly into the workplace, the practical style of learning, in addition to the underpinning theory delivered to students, puts holders of this UK level 5 qualification in a good position to immediately apply their skills in a range of positions. 

Because of the equal focus on underpinning theory and practical aptitude in the profession, our graduates are highly employable in a range of disciplines throughout industry.

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad, if you select an international campus of Axial or of one of our university partners.  This could take you to the Middle East, Cyprus, or even as far as Africa.  Students who attend an Axial International Study Centre in a growing number of locations around the world may also consider options for completing the final phase of their studies right here in London!


2015/16 tuition fees vary depending upon location, and whether you study on campus or by distance. For information about prices for on-campus studies, please send your enquiry, and tell us which campus or Study Centre you prefer, and our student advisors will contact you with the information you require.

Distance learning fees start at just £199 per subject (for the 16 subject level 5 programme).  We also offer an initial enrolment-pack, which gets you enrolled as a distance-learning student with Axial and registered on the UK system, plus your first unit fees and learning material, for £549 (includes a tablet PC set up for e-Learning, all application fees, Awarding-Body registration, and tuition fees for Unit-1).

What will I learn?

The programme content is a mix of specialist industry knowledge and practices, combined with both the fundamental and progressive principles of understanding business, to ensure you’ll have the awareness and skills to succeed in the Travel & Tourism sector.

The 8 core units in this level 5 programme are listed below and all of these must be completed, along with 8 specialist subjects in the field of Travel & Tourism, in order to achieve the 240 credits required for the final award.  By expanding each unit you can read details of content to be covered in each subject:

Title Department  Credits 
Travel & Tourism Sector HDTT-1 15
To gain an understanding of the global environment in which the Travel & Tourism sector operates, this unit examines the historical evolution of tourism, the current structure of the tourism sector, the external influences on travel & tourism, and the impact the sector has on host communities and the environment.
Applying Promotional Techniques HDTT-2  15
To develop understanding of promotion in business, and to practise evaluation of existing campaigns and the development of new campaigns.  Students will review various media and promotional activities, and the possible Marketing Mix for these, and should be able to justify their choices through the production of a suitable strategy.
Communication Skills HDTT-3 15
This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of how communication takes place within and between organisations, the potential pitfalls and the benefits of good practice. Using this knowledge, the learners will demonstrate the skills necessary for professional communication in the workplace.  
People in Organisations HDTT-4 15
This unit aims to develop a student's knowledge of those aspects of organisations that concern the support of people.  This includes communication practices, teamwork, remote working and relevant organisational structures for personnel. Using this knowledge learners will be able to review the impact of workplace practices on people
Travel & Tourism Organisations in a Global Context HDTT-1 15
To understand the impact that global and market forces have on the Travel & Tourism sector, this unit aims to develop a student’s understanding of the issues that organisations face when operating within a global context. This understanding will allow learners to review those issues currently impacting on businesses and to explain the relevant implications.
People Management HDTT-1 15
This unit focuses on the issues organisations face in their management of personnel.Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of what motivates individuals and teams, and will be expected to use this to review people management strategies used in organisations. Content will include leadership theories, motivational theories, the impact of structure and culture as well as other tools that can be used to empower people in the workplace.
Finance and Funding the Travel & Tourism Sector HDTT-1 15
To encourage students to acquire the knowledge, skills and techniques that will assist with management decision-making processes, this unit enables learners to gain understanding of costs, volume, profit, management accounting information, and sources and distribution of funding in travel and tourism, and gain skills to interpret financial accounts.
Research Project HDTT-1 15
To formulate a research specification on a chosen topic, implement a research project, and evaluate and present the research findings accordingly, this unit helps students to become confident in the use of research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, a variety of methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the unit satisfactorily, learners must also understand the theory that underpins formal research.
  • Delivery mode: Distance Learning (London)
    On campus: Study Centres
    Uganda Campus
  • Duration: 2 years (Full-time)
    Part-time options
    Flexible Distance Learning
  • Award Level: Level 5 (Undergraduate)
  • Final award: Extended Diploma (UK)
    Higher National Diploma (UK)
  • Progression: Final year of BA (Hons) Degrees:
    International Hospitality Management,
    Tourism & Hospitality, and more!

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