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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.

This degree will undergo a periodic review in 2023/4 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.

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​​


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 Research 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

Typical Offers

  • 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.

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

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

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

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: 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.