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International Hotel and Hospitality Management - BA (Hons) Degree

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​​​​​Pathways available:

BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management

BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management with Internship

Cardiff is an ideal place to study International Hotel and Hospitality Management. As a thriving capital city, with a rich cultural heritage and resilient hotel and hospitality industry, you'll have endless opportunities to gain real-world work experience on your doorstep.

Professionally accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), you will benefit from free membership with unlimited access to recourses that will help you with your studies and future career.

Your learning is underpinned by research from the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME)​, the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR) and our expert academic staff.

Work-based learning in our own purpose-built, on-site hospitality suite and adjoining kitchens, will get you industry ready to become a skilled hotel and hospitality manager in one of the largest global industries.

You have the option to choose a year-long work placement in the UK or abroad with our International Hotel and Hospitality Management with Internship pathway. Past internship destinations include Disney World in Florida, Silverstone Grand Prix, The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa (Bath), Greenwich Country Club (USA), and the Scottish Golf Open.

Giving you a competitive edge in the global marketplace, we also offer the unique opportunity to study a language as part of your degree.

Our close links with industry partners has never been more important to understand challenges the industry is overcoming. Learn how the hotel and hospitality industry is adapting and innovating to stay ahead of the curve from business leaders in the know.

Benefit from live webinars, guest lectures and mentoring opportunities with industry experts. A mix of academic theory, hands-on experience and industry knowledge will equip you with the skills needed to thrive in the dynamic world of hotel and hospitality management.

You will leave us as an industry ready professional ready to deliver experiences that create memories and make an impact as a senior manager in the international hotel and hospitality sector.

100% of graduates in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023)


Foundation Year

​This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.


Find out more about the foundation year.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

​Course Content

​​Year One


  • Foundations of Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Culinary and Service Operations (20 credits)
  • Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits) *
  • People Development within Organisations (20 credits)
  • Revenue, Costs and Budgetary Controls (20 credits)

Compulsory optional modules (pick one of the following):

  • Practical Hotel and Hospitality Operations (20 credits)
  • Spanish in Professional Contexts 1 (20 credits)
  • Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 1 (20 credits)
  • French in Professional Contexts 1 (20 credits)

* Module available through the medium of Welsh.

** Students can choose to do either Practical Hotel and Hospitality Operations or one of the language modules in Year One.


Year Two


The second year builds on your existing knowledge base and progress into more specialist areas of hotel and hospitality management.

Compulsory:

  • Hotel Operations, Tactics and Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Hospitable Events in the Third Sector (20 credits)
  • Research Design in Practice (20 credits) *

Compulsory optional modules (pick at least ​one):

  • Consumer Behaviour for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits)
  • People Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits)
  • Business Start-Up and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Options:

  • Summer Work Placement (20 credits)
  • Technologies for Tourism, Hospitality and Events (20 credits)
  • Social Change and (In)equalities (20 credits)
  • Spanish in Professional Contexts 2 (20 credits) **
  • Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 2 (20 credits) **
  • French in Professional Contexts 2 (20 credits) **

* Module available through the medium of Welsh.

** Students can only choose a language option if picked up in Year One.


Year Three


The third year enables students to tailor their degree based on their interests and career aspirations.

Compulsory:

  • Critical Hospitality (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Hotel and Hospitality Management in a Changing World (20 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership and Change Management (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits) *,Enterprise Project (40 credits) *, Consultancy Project (40 credits) OR Independent Research Study (20 credits)

Options:

  • Resort and Stadia Management (20 credits)
  • Gastronomic Tourism (20 credits)
  • Marketing Communications in the Digital Age (20 credits)
  • Employee Resourcing and Volunteer Management (20 credits)
  • Destinations and Events (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Professional Development with Mentoring (20 credits)
  • Spanish in Professional Contexts 3 **
  • Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 3 **
  • French in Professional Contexts 3 **

* Module available through the medium of Welsh.

** Students can only choose a language option if picked up in Year One and Two.


Please note that optional modules run subject to demand and availability.

Learning & Teaching

Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme, these will be supplemented with tutorials, seminars and field trips at each level to expand upon and consolidate material covered in lectures. Visiting speakers and guest lecturers are also used by the specific module team at all three levels. In addition to timetabled delivery, students are expected to spend additional time reading, preparing for classes, engaging in group or virtual projects, researching, and completing assessments. All your chosen modules can be accessed via Moodle. As a student you will also have access to Library services, Met Search, and resources from the Institute of Hospitality. On any one 20 credit module, you will receive up to 48 hours contact time and will be expected to undertake 152 hours of independent self-study time.

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies, case studies, projects, tutorials, practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials, guest talks from industry experts, videos and computer software. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.

Hospitality students have a practical facility designed specifically for their use. The hospitality suite is on site and is a flexible space where all students will have the opportunity to work in groups to manage and design a hospitality event.

We approach our teaching in a blended manner and there will be both face to face sessions, problem-based learning sessions and virtual sessions linking to the use of technology both recorded and live.

Seminars and workshops involve students unpacking previously prepared work in groups sessions exploring and discussing it in a more detail. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills, problem solving as well as providing staff with a method or assessing student-centred learning.

Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these situations, students are able to practice and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Workshops are a great way for the students to apply the theory in a practical setting. A key component of the learning experience is the intention to invite Industry experts, academic and in practice, to provide insights into their research work or business activity. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.

All our students have the opportunity and are encouraged to do the BA(Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management with Internship degree where you will spend a year in industry as part of the course. Recent students have spent this time with organisations such as Walt Disney World, Red Carnation Hotels, Greenwich Country Club, Gleneagles, the Swalec Stadium along with various international hotel chains such as Marriott and Hilton.

Our industry links mean that opportunities for gaining experience also go far beyond our official work placement modules and we actively encourage our students to undertake paid and volunteer work throughout the duration of their studies.

Each student on both the BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management and BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality with Internship Management programmes will have their own allocated personal tutor who remains the same throughout the duration of your studies. You will meet with your personal tutor during induction week and at several designated touch points during the year. The Personal Tutor Scheme aims to promote success and achievement, supporting all students to realise their potential through development of Graduate Attributes (as outlined in the University’s Graduate Attribute Framework) in conjunction with their academic studies and extracurricular activities. Central to the success of this approach will be supporting effective, meaningful, and empowering student and tutor partnerships.

The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Directors, Year Tutors and Student Services to ensure that your needs are effectively met and that your time at Cardiff Met is both a pleasant and successful experience.

The teaching and research expertise of the academic staff from the department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events cover a range of different themes and areas relating to hospitality management. The hospitality team has a great deal of hospitality industry experience and a passion for hospitality.

Assessment

Cardiff School of Management’s assessment strategy for each module on both the BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management and BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management with Internship programmes varies to ensure the most appropriate method is used to achieve learning outcomes.

A range of assessment methods are utilised across all levels, including essays, reports, presentations, case studies, team building assessment days, portfolios, and poster presentations.

Our assessments are also designed to develop and promote transferrable skills and be of practical use when working within the hospitality industry. This involves team working, problem solving, presentation skills, digital skills, communication and working under pressure.

Students will receive a wide range of feedback on their work via both formative and summative assessment, verbally and in written format.


Employability & Careers​

The hotel and hospitality sector is one of the largest global industries. Hospitality is a vital sector of the UK economy, and as an industry it has proven to be both innovating, agile and resilient in the face of disease and natural disasters.

There is a demand in the market for specialist Hotel and Hospitality managers, especially in the areas of operations, revenue management, innovation, digital skills, sustainability, and risk management.

The skills you learn throughout our International Hotel and Hospitality Management Degree will enable you to develop into senior management roles in a relatively short period of time after graduation.

The hospitality industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities where graduates will be well placed to secure managerial positions in the private, public, and voluntary sectors of the industry.

From hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, licensed retail management, conference and event management to human resources and marketing within hospitality; plus hospitality sections within the armed services, contract, health service and welfare catering.

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, successful graduates are eligible for licentiate membership.

Whichever career path you take, our careers and employability team are with you every step of the way through your journey. From helping you secure work placements and internships to careers fairs and employability workshops.

Cardiff School of Management is also home to the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cardiff Metropolitan University's dedicated department for supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst students and graduates.

Further study options include several certification courses such as BIIAB Personal License Holders Award and Level 2 Food Safety. 

You will also have an opportunity to complete a M.Sc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management or M.Sc. in Event Management, with opportunities for progression onto doctoral programmes, such as MPhil, PhD, DMan and Prof Doc, all here at Cardiff Metropolitan University.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.​

  • Tariff points: 96-112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM-DMM
  • T Level: Pass (C+) – Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.


How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader ​Darryl Gibbs
Email: dgibbs@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0) 29 2041 6327



We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
N220 - 3 year degree
N22F - 4 year degree (including foundation year)

Place of Study:
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Four years full-time if undertaking year-long industry placement.
Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year.
Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long industry​ placement.​

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STAFF PROFILE

“I’m Dr Darryl Gibbs, Programme Director of BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management. I teach on a range of subjects across undergraduate and postgraduate modules. My industry background is in Food and Beverage management and my research interests include critical hospitality studies, gender, sexuality and identity in tourism, hospitality and events and the co-construction, delivery and performance of hospitable experiences. We have a huge range of hotel and hospitality industry experience and knowledge here on the team and invite you to come and study in one of the most hospitable cities in the UK!”

Dr Darryl Gibbs
Programme Director

STUDENT & GRADUATE EXPERIENCE
Graduate Profile
Student Profile

"The International Hotel and Hospitality Management degree at Cardiff Met has so many practical elements which is great for someone like me who has always preferred hands-on learning.

Not only does the course help you really apply your learning to real life scenarios, but it also builds your confidence, communication skills, and ability to work effectively in a team setting.

The lecturers are all so friendly, upbeat, and always open to any questions you may have, which makes coming to university fun and really puts you at ease.

There are so many different areas you can explore and go into after completing the 3 years - the possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to get out into industry!"

Tanisha Ring - BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management

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Graduate Profile
Graduate Profile

"The guidance and knowledge from the lecturers at Cardiff Metropolitan University helped me delve into different hospitality & events sectors that I would not have initially considered, this includes large sporting events, which is now my perfect career. The topics covered across all the modules allowed me to learn about the fundamentals of the industries as well as my personal development, both aspects have helped me significantly in my role now and the stages beforehand.

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my time at Cardiff Metropolitan University, the support and experiences were invaluable – I’d recommend the University to everyone."

Sophie Edwards, BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management and Hospitality Coordinator at Cardiff City FC.