St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Informed by the research of our teaching staff, the degree looks at the interplay of physical, social, cultural and political forces in making different places. Students can specialise in Physical Geography, or Human Geography, or combine the two. There are opportunities for practical fieldwork both in the UK and overseas, including the Peak District, Malta, Grenada, and the French Alps. The degree also includes opportunities to take career'development modules to advance your future prospects. Tourism at St Mary's aims to expose students to real'life tourism management issues, scenarios and challenges by combining the theoretical study of tourism with fieldwork in the UK and overseas. A key aim of the course is examining how tourism activities may be managed in a more sustainable and ethical way. Students will gain a sound knowledge of the tourism industry and business environment, whilst acquiring a range of both subject'specific and transferable skills. A Tourism degree from St Mary's will arm students with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to work in a wide range of tourism management contexts. It will prepare them to meet the challenges of developing and managing tourism activities in a sustainable way. Fieldwork opportunities, both at home and abroad, will enable students to engage with tourism issues in a practical context by applying concepts and ideas in 'real world' situations.

Course Modules

Geography Level 1: core: physical geography; human geography; communication and academic literacy. Option: introduction to fieldwork. Level 2: core: understanding geography (for single honours students); geographical fieldwork; geographical research methods. Options: process geomorphology; understanding geography (for combined honours students); people and places; geography and postcolonialism; popular culture; experience and employment; global societies and identities; tourism and society. Level 3: core: dissertation (for single honours students).Options: dissertation (for combined honours students); environment and society; culture and place; research essay; fieldwork in developing areas (Grenada); water in the landscape; London as a global city; globalisation/postcolonialism and multiculturalism; developing a professional approach; understanding Japan; cultural tourism. Tourism Level 1: The foundation year aims to provide students with a broad overview of tourism as a socio'cultural and economic phenomenon and equip them with a basic grounding in the communication, research, ICT and personal skills necessary for studying and working in tourism; students may approach these modules as a complete beginner or as a post ' A Level student; the modules currently available are: introducing tourism; London as a tourist destination; skills for tourism. Level 2: There are two compulsory modules and a range of optional modules which allow students to examine tourism from the consumer and the business perspective, as well as exploring the socio'cultural, environmental and ethical dimensions of tourism activity; modules are: researching tourism; tourism industry issues; marketing and consumer ethics; European fieldwork; managing sustainable tourism; tourism and society; event management; academic work experience; introduction to tourism issues in developing countries. Level 3: research project; governance and tourism; ecotourism; tourism fieldwork in developing areas (grenada); heritage tourism; cultural tourism; tourism planning; research essay; management consultancy project; e'commerce; work place study.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???
2 - 5 years
Part Time Day
BA/BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M3
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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