2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management with Foundation Year

Start date:
September 2022
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
4 years, 5 years with placement
UCAS code:
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

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International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study International Tourism Management with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Degree informed by wide ranging links with the public, private and voluntary organisations including the Local Enterprise Partnership, Liverpool City Council, local museums and other leisure and tourism facilities and attractions
  • Four weeks work experience
  • Exciting year long work placement opportunities, including the USA
  • Year-long and semester-long study abroad opportunities in international partner universities
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK (Times Good University Guide, 2020) and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2020) for subject category


Minimum UCAS points required: To be confirmed

Limited places available. Apply now or register your interest using our online Clearing form (link will open in a new tab).

About your course

The professionally recognised BA (Hons) International Tourism Management programme at Liverpool John Moores University offers excellent career prospects plus exciting opportunities to complete short and year-long placements both locally and overseas.

Tourism is a global phenomenon, estimated to be worth around £5.5 trillion to the world economy, and almost £127 billion to the economy of the United Kingdom. Locally, tourism is worth £4.1 billion per annum to the Liverpool City Region, employing over 50,000 people. Liverpool, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a hugely popular tourism destination with its unique mixture of heritage and modernity and ambitious growth plans are in place, including the re-emergence of Liverpool as a cruise ship terminal. This popularity is well recognised, with the city recently voted as number 3 in the top cities in the world to visit (Rough Guides 2014) and third best tourist destination in the UK by TripAdvisor (2016). The fast-growing tourism industry offers a range of career opportunities in various tourism-related sectors such as creative arts, heritage, tourism planning, hospitality, leisure, marketing and events.

By studying tourism at LJMU you will be engaged in a student-centred, internationally focussed course that is underpinned by current research. Our tourism team consists of staff who are both experienced teachers and established researchers, combining their diverse cultural backgrounds with considerable international experience. The programme covers a diverse range of tourism-related subjects such as culture, heritage, society, management, leadership, marketing and sustainability providing you with practical skills as well as intellectual knowledge to enable you to work in this dynamic and ever expanding industry. 

Practical experience is an extremely important part of your studies. Field trips are a regular part of your programme. Recent trips outside Liverpool include visiting organisations involved in tourism and leisure in York, Amsterdam and Nice. In addition, visiting guest lecturers and industry professionals regularly provide an 'insider's view' of the sector on campus.

As well as participating in field trips, you will undertake a four-week work placement in industry. Plus you will have the opportunity to complete an optional year-long sandwich placement (after your second year) which will help you gain practical professional experience either in the UK or overseas. We are currently working with several organisations that offer students the opportunity to spend their placement year in the hospitality industry overseas, including the USA.

Find out what Liverpool Business School students have to say about their placements year:


Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the International Tourism Management honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

One of the attractions of the programme is the sheer breadth and variety of subjects covered in this foundation year, providing you with an ideal platform of knowledge.

By choosing to study our Foundation Year you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationships with our students.  You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout your studies. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

"The course was interesting, because there were not only theories from books but also a number of interesting case studies which were useful to gain practical knowledge."

Qin Ye, Level 6 Tourism and Leisure Management student

Professional accreditation/links

This BA (Hons) International Tourism Management course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI).  TMI is the professional body for destination management practitioners, with members drawn from all levels of the private and public sectors: national, regional, sub regional and local. TMI seeks to support professional development within the sector, for potential entrants as well as existing practitioners.

Assessment and recognition by TMI means that students can be confident the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


​Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte. In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2016/17 data), 90% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating. 

Graduates of this course are well placed to work within specific aspects of tourism such as tourism marketing or management in a wide range of tourism or leisure organisations both in Liverpool and further afield. The tourism sector offers a range of career opportunities in sectors such as creative arts, heritage, tourism planning, hospitality, leisure, marketing and events.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Developing Skills for Business
20 credits

This module aims to facilitate your development of personal, academic and professional skills as a foundation for your current and future studies in Business related subjects. It will equip you with the tools to become confident and independent learners at university.

Understanding Business Organisations and Operations
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the world of business, the types of business and structures, the functional areas, and management theories and challenges faced by business in today's commercial world.

Essentials of Management
20 credits

This module introduces you to management theory. This foundation module will develop your appreciation, understanding and application of management and professionalism in different career pathways and specialist areas.

Introduction to Marketing and PR Communications
20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and public relations. It also gives you a knowledge and understanding of your role within organisations and explores the factors that can influence consumer behaviour.

Data Analysis Techniques for Business
20 credits

This module equips you with the technical skills to be able to design and produce Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for business use, and to facilitate the development of basic analytical skills.

Programme Case Study
20 credits

This module develops your independent learning and expertise in an area of business relating to your target programme. Through a co-creation process your subject interests will be harnessed to enable you to develop your knowledge in a self-selected topic area. The module aims to be flexible to enable you to explore an area of interest to you and you will be assessed in a manner that supports this.

Level 4

Core modules

Management And Leadership In Tourism
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to management and leadership theory with particular reference to tourism. It aims to develop your management and leadership skills, which you can then apply in employment or practical elements of your degree.

The Business of International Tourism
20 credits

This module introduces you to the business of international tourism in order to gain fundamental knowledge of the tourism industry, its structure, organisation and impact. Moreover, since tourism is part of the service industry this module aims to introduce you to relevant issues related to the consumer. You will also get an introduction to the tourism industry through different forms of business contacts.

Tourism Concepts
20 credits

This module aims to develop you as an independent and reflective learner, using a broad range of academic skills. You will take responsibility for your own performance, learning and actions within the context of the tourism management profession.

Tourism Marketing
20 credits

You will learn to address the basic principles of marketing for the tourism industry. You will gain a grounding in marketing theory through lectures, seminars and workshops.

Tourism Dynamics
20 credits

This module enables you to examine the cultural geography of tourism and to develop an understanding of contemporary debates within social sciences. Through lectures and seminars you will look at topics such as mapping and mobilities, diasporas, images and representations, sightseeing, and the tourist gaze.

Tourism And Leisure In Society
20 credits

This module enables you to gain an insight into the broad range of social science disciplines that have informed the study of tourism.  It introduces you to social, cultural, political and environmental issues related to the development of tourism and leisure practices.

Level 5

Core modules

Managing Tourism Operations
20 credits

This module will develop your skills in finding solutions to conceptual and practical problems relevant to managing tourism operations. Through lectures, workshops, guest speakers and industry liaison you will look at topics such as managing service organisations, service characteristics, the competitive business environment, management decision making, managing people, customer service, quality management, and human resource management.

Work Related Learning
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to gain experience in an area of work relevant to your future career choice. You will develop transferable skills and self-awareness through the writing of learning agreements, reflective writing and portfolio preparation. Learning will be achieved by working as part of a team or as a member of a workforce within a tourism of leisure organisation. 

Investigating Tourism
20 credits

This module enables you to gain an in-depth insight into the different strands of research design. This will cover diverse strategies and methodological frameworks, data collection methods, data analysis methods, ethics, sampling, undertaking reflexive research, and will also consider visual approaches.

Tourism, Culture and Society
20 credits

This module provides you with the social and cultural contexts within which tourism takes place. It enables you to develop the appropriate theoretical basis and practical skills to critically assess the socio-cultural environment of tourism and tourist practices. 

Applied International Tourism
20 credits

This module equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage aspects of tourism operations. You will learn to analyse appropriate theories for designing and managing tourism products and apply management techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of tourism products.

Integrated Marketing Communications for Tourism
20 credits

This module equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage integrated marketing communications and brand support activities. You will learn to evaluate the use of integrated marketing communications to promote goods, services or brands, and to apply theoretical marketing communications concepts to practical solutions. 

Level 6

Core modules

Individual Research Project
40 credits

This module enables you to investigate and critically analyse a topic which relates to tourism and/or leisure. You will design a research project which demonstrates a sound knowledge of your topic, and you will demonstrate an ability to synthesise and present data concepts.

Tourism, Heritage And Culture
20 credits

This module provides you with a critical understanding and knowledge of the relationship between tourism, heritage and culture. Through lectures and seminars you will look at topics such as heritage; policy framework; marketing through heritage and culture; spatial transformation; authenticity and commodification; interpretation; identity; environmental awareness and changing patterns of demand.

Responsible Tourism And Planning
20 credits

This module develops your understanding of responsibility and sustainability in tourism, particularly focusing on the tourism planning processes with regard to tourist destinations.

International Marketing
20 credits

In this module you will critically examine the nature of international marketing with particular reference to the tourism sector. You will evaluate the differences between domestic and international marketing and the environmental forces in international marketing. 

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Tourism
20 credits

This module develops your understanding of the concepts of entrepreneurship and business enterprise. You will be introduced to the principles of setting-up a small business or social enterprise. You will work individually on a chosen business idea and present this idea to a panel of tutors.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Learning is via a varied combination of activities including lectures, online activities, seminars, workshops and small-group tutorials. 

Work-related Learning

Practical experience is an extremely important element of your studies. You will spend four weeks of work-related learning in level 5, as well as an optional sandwich placement year where you will undertake 12 months of work-related experience. 

Should you choose to take up the sandwich placement year option, it will provide you with invaluable experience of working in the tourism sector, and will be a chance to put what you have learnt in the first two years of your degree into practice and develop new skills. 

Thanks to links with local organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors we can offer you a range of placements in the tourism and leisure-related sectors.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​Academic and personal support is available during your course, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. You will have scheduled one-to-one meetings with your tutor, but they can be approached at any time should you need additional support.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We use a wide range of assessment methods. These vary according to the module, but they could include: exams (seen and unseen), project work and presentations (group or individual), portfolios, essays, blogs and practical reports.

Feedback is given for each assessment and also during learning activities. This may be face to face, in written form or electronically, and is always timely so that you are quickly able to identify your strengths as well as areas where you may need to put in more work.


What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.