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International Hotel Management (BA, CertHE)

There is an increased demand for graduates with practical experience, greater work-based competency, and effective management skills.

This collaborative programme is designed to produce graduates who not only have a firm understanding of the academic theory underpinning the industry but have been given the opportunity to apply this theory to their practice during placements at a hotel.

For you, as students, you will experience the premium that our hotel operator partners place on high-quality training and staff welfare within an excellent learning environment. All our partner hotels allow students to gain experience in a range of different areas, including food and beverage University of Wales Trinity Saint David has over 25 years of experience in delivering programmes related to hospitality.

Our network of industry connections that have been developed is extensive and ensures that the content of our programmes meets industry needs and produces skilled graduates who are highly employable.


International Hotel Management (BA: 3 year course)
UCAS Code: R3H1
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International Hotel Management (BA: 4 year course including 1 year placement)
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International Hotel Management (BA: 2 year course)
UCAS Code: R3H1
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International Hotel Management (BA: 3 year course including 1 year placement)
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International Hotel Management (CertHe)
UCAS Code: R3H6
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If you are exploring career choices, we offer a Certificate of Higher Education: International Hotel Management. This is a stand-alone Level 4 award with a progression route for successful students on to the BA International Hotel Management programme.

However, if you are enthusiastic about a hospitality industry career then the BA (Hons) International Hotel Management course is unique in terms of its provision of work-based vocational training in a high-quality Hotel alongside academic study at UWTSD.

Furthermore, we have a range of full-time and part-time programmes to suit anyone intending to carve out a career in the Hotels and Hospitality sector. Whilst we normally require students to have achieved 86 UCAS Points we actively encourage applications from students with significant relevant experience who do not meet normal entry requirements.

We have three intakes per year these are usually in September, January and April. Our on-campus and online study programme deliveries allow for excellent student interaction, not only with your module lecturer but also with the many guest industry experts that you will meet: these really are the people who influence the industry and ready to share their experiences and knowledge with you.

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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course

Whichever programme you decide is right for you each year is divided into three academic terms. In the BA programme, you spend the majority of your time studying academic modules, but these are supported by industry placement within a hotel. So if you want to work within the fantastic industry of hospitality this is the programme for you.

On placement, you will spend time working in a range of departmental areas. The first having a more operational emphasis with the subsequent experience providing more advanced duties. You can be assured that you will develop enhanced guest service skills and a critical understanding of the operational requirements associated with different departments of a hotel and within the wider hospitality sector.

Academic study compliments your practical development, at an all-time supporting your potential career development and the industry understanding that you will require for your future.

Our graduates achieve a critical understanding of essential management theory and practice, provided within a global context within which hotel organisations operate within, engaging with principles of sustainable business practice. An academic study providing a theoretical foundation of subject knowledge that is then applied within a practical context during the placements at a Hotel.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Our programmes are flexible and allow you to study at your own speed. You can choose to obtain a degree by studying full-time in two years or take it slightly more slowly and take three years.

You may decide to study part-time where you have the flexibility to study more at periods when your work is quieter and less when your business is busy.

With our part-time route, you can study up to a maximum of 6 years, completing each level before progressing to the next, and so we can adapt your programme of study to your particular need as long as it is within university guidelines. We aim to work with you to provide you with maximum flexibility and sound advice. 

Students usually decide to either study 60 credits per year over six years to complete the 360 credits required to obtain their degree or they can study 80 credits per year which will enable them to complete their degree in just over 4 years.

The modules that you study are the same modules as outlined on the two- and three-year degree programmes for full-time students.

We also accept part-time students at any of the three entry points in the year. The important thing is that you have guidance and support from our excellent staff whenever you need it.

Module Topics

At Level 4, students will be able to develop knowledge within Marketing, how they can provide excellent guest services, skills that are essential to support business operations and later on in that year, the skills required to become a successful hotel team member within a variety of Hotel departments.

At Level 5, students develop their academic knowledge so that their practical skills can be underpinned successfully, attending modules within finance, culture (including an introduction to an additional language) how they would manage and support people and also how organisations behave and the wider sense of management. For those that wish to develop their own business, they will also be introduced to entrepreneurism; and be able to consider sustainability within hospitality, and what that looks like.

At Level 6, students develop their management skills, considering how they could improve organisations within their workplace or from outside from a consultancy viewpoint. By choosing a subject that is contemporary to the industry they will present at a student-led conference and share their insight. This can be a developed theme from a project that they will have completed whilst on their hotel placements. They will use their placement modules to further enhance their practical skills and this can also support their knowledge when planning an International meeting or event from the hotel operations perspective.


The International Hotel Management programmes are predominantly assessed through a combination of coursework and practical tasks, with a limited number of in-class examinations.

These tasks may include:  

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Academic reviews
  • Blogs
  • Fieldwork related studies
  • Case studies
  • Placement assessment
  • Placement Learning Logs
  • In-class tests
  • Multiple choice papers

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in the English language, e.g. IELTS 6.0.

Whilst grades are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to this subject area and so welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.  

To assess your suitability for your chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications, these are held both virtually and at campus.

Career Opportunities

Our programmes are designed to produce graduates with both a strong academic understanding and practical skills fit for the industry.

Feedback from employers tells us that many undergraduate hospitality programmes produce graduates with good theoretical knowledge, but who lack practical experience.

The vocational emphasis of our programmes puts our graduates in a particularly strong position when applying for jobs and graduate management training schemes, such as the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme. 

Whilst other graduates choose to progress within family-owned hotels, other hospitality businesses, consultancy firms etc. Due to the range of skills students obtain on this degree our graduates are highly sought after for a range of different careers

Additional Costs

It is essential that all students have access to a laptop or desktop device for online learning and suitable width broadband.

During this degree, students will have the opportunity to attend several field trips within the UK and abroad. We attempt to keep the costs of field trips as low as possible and many are significantly subsidised by the University.

Costs to students for UK trips are no more than £100 during the academic year. For overseas trips we aim to keep the cost below £500 and attendance on these will be optional.

For field trips abroad, students will have the opportunity to pay for them in staged payments to lessen the financial burden. We normally expect the final payment for a field trip to be made four weeks prior to the field trips taking place.

Student Quotes

“We have had interesting lectures with practical application on assignment related tasks. We always have been taught, supported, guided, encouraged, and evaluated by our tutors; where guests from the industry who had shared their life experiences, were invited”.

“During my last term in college, I have been enriched in my knowledge by new useful information, skills, and experience. I have practised critical understanding of different subject areas, related concepts and had the opportunity to demonstrate acquired knowledge through participation in solving tasks, answering questions, expressing my opinions during classes, writing assignments, and delivering presentations.”

“I have learned so much in my classes through a great mix of listening, speaking and practical learning activities within a very safe and supportive learning environment. Sometimes as a student you feel pushed to learn and try out new competencies, feeling safe and supported in doing so I gained valuable feedback for all of us to succeed”.

“Our tutors have incredible gifts for teaching, the classes seem like play but there is serious learning going on, their methods are great, very clear and concise. Thank you, for all the knowledge I achieved from you all, it was a wonderful journey!”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

We can on occasions support your learning whilst abroad but this is managed on an individual student by student basis and will be discussed with your level tutor and programme manager.


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