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International Hospitality Management - BA (Hons)

Entry Year

Teaching out of selected TNE Partner Institutions only:
Beacon International College, Singapore
Dimensions International College, Singapore
Varna University of Management, Bulgaria

The BA (Hons) International Hotel and Hospitality Management is accepting applications.

The Hospitality Industry is dynamic, innovative and agile and this course will help you to develop those skills needed to be a successful manager of the future within the industry. To be 'hospitable' is global and cross-cultural: being friendly, warm, welcoming, and helpful to others, especially strangers. That is why hospitality remains an important industry that is vital to countries' economies and the social fabric of nations.

Our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, whose primary purpose is to promote professionalism through lifelong learning.

The programme encompass a range of core and optional modules, which will develop the skills and attributes that you need for specialist roles within the Industry. We firmly believe in teaching you the importance of applying the theory learnt in the classroom into practical application and we do this in a number of ways, including industrial work experience, work-based learning and our own on-site Hospitality Suite. As the capitol city of Wales, Cardiff is a fantastic place to study Hospitality and there is something to suit all sectors of interest whether it be Sporting Stadia or Michelin starred restaurants and everything in between.

We work closely with our industry connections either directly on certain modules or as part of mentor schemes and work placement opportunities, these include household names such as: Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, Exclusive Hotel Collection, Park Plaza Hotels, Gleneagles, Sodexo and Compass..

Alongside our academic curriculum we offer opportunities to gain internationally recognised professional qualifications such as the WSET wines and Spirits qualifications at all levels and we are an accredited centre of the RSPH for food safety qualifications at all levels.

We are proud to have an exchange partnership with Central Michigan University to offer our students the opportunity to apply for the Disney Academic Exchange Program which includes the opportunity to be based at Walt Disney World in Florida for 12 months.

​Course Content​​

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

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.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


The International Hospitality Management programme is comprised of a number of core management and hospitality specific modules, with a range of options to enable students to tailor the courses to their specific interests and career ambitions. The pathways also include tourism and events specific modules as appropriate.

During each year of study, students will complete 120 credits worth of modules from the lists below:

Year One

Compulsory modules:

· Hospitality in Practice (20 credits)

· International Hospitality Events and Operations (20 credits)

· Managing People and Organisations* (20 credits)

· Finance for Managers (20 credits)

· Personal Development Planning* (10 credits)

· Diversity and Social Inclusion for THE* (10 credits)

· Principles of Hospitality (20 credits)

*Module available through the medium of Welsh

Year Two

Compulsory modules:

· Business Development and Finance (10 credits)

· Marketing for THE* (20 credits)

· HRM for THE (20 credits)

· Research Methods* (10 credits)

· Work Experience with Personal Development Planning (10 credits) / Summer Experience of with Personal Development Planning (10 credits) / Industrial Work Experience with Personal Development Planning (20 credits) / BRM5034 Employability Skills Business Project (10 credits - only available at Beacon International College)

· Global Hospitality Management Today (20 credits)

· Venue Design Project (20 credits)

Optional modules (10 credits each):

· Financial Planning for Business

· European Field Study

· Contemporary Cuisines for Large Scale Venues

· Major Incident and Crisis Management

· Social Events and Party Planning

· Sociology of THE

*Module available through the medium of Welsh

NB: Optional modules are subject to sufficient demand and availability

Year Three

Compulsory modules:

· International Food and Beverage Management OR Culture, Power and Identity (20 credits)

· Strategic Management for THE (20 credits)

· Dissertation OR Enterprise Project (40 credits) OR Independent Study (20 credits)

· Employability and Career Development (10 credits)

Optional modules:

(10 credits each unless otherwise stated)

· Branding and Advertising

· Conferences, Exhibitions and Corporate Events (20 credits)

· Public Relations and Sponsorship

· Digital Consumer Experience for THE

· Employee Resourcing

· International Field Study

· Corporate Finance

· Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)

*Optional modules are subject to sufficient demand and availability

Learning & Teaching

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. All students have a year tutor and a personal tutor. The hospitality team has a great deal of hospitality industry experience and a passion for hospitality.

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 practise 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.


Some modules will be assessed purely by coursework whilst others will be purely examination based. In practice, most modules are a mix of tests and assignments, some vocational modules will also use competence-based practical assessments.

Employability and Careers

This programme is designed to provide graduates with the range of skills and knowledge required for management positions in one of the largest employment sectors both globally and in the UK.

The skills acquired enable graduates to develop into senior managers in a relatively short period of time in a wide range of areas including employment in hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, licensed retail management, conference and event management, personnel and marketing within hospitality; plus hospitality sections within the armed services, contract, health service and welfare catering.

The BA (Hons) programmes are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Successful graduates are eligible for licentiate membership of the Institute of Hospitality.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy at grade C /grade 4 or above, plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent)  

Typical offers may include:

  • 96-112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
  • 96-112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers
  • 96-112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 96-112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search  for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification may be interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant, an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader Lisa Wright

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes: 
N220: International Hospitality Management – BA (Hons)* 

*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

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

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