St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The Business Management degree at St Mary's is a well'established, dynamic programme with a strong, practical, applied focus. The programme has an excellent record for graduate employability, producing graduates with comprehensive skillsets, ready to integrate the business world. The course places a strong emphasis on the real world and on transferrable skills. The University has a lot of links with business and industry, allowing for field trips, guest speakers and live business projects. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience as part of the degree, enabling them to build their CV's, stand out and make a difference when they graduate. This degree programme aims to combine coverage of the key business areas from Human Resource Management and Finance, through to Marketing and Strategy, with the opportunity to study more specialist subject areas, including: Business Law, Management, Consultancy and E'Commerce. 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

Management Studies Level 1: During the first year of the programme, students are introduced to the principal areas of the management studies curriculum; the major management theorists will be reviewed within the context of organisational development, as well as the key elements of the business environment; students also study the fascinating area of organisational behaviour and work psychology, including reviewing the issues central to effective organisational management; by studying the key issues of motivation, team building and personality, students will gain a detailed appreciation of the complexities of work'force composition; the final component of level 1 equips students with the decision making skills required for modern day management; through interactive teaching and learning, students are able to develop and enhance their skills in this key business area. Level 2: In the second year students study the core disciplines of marketing and financial management, and will use business case studies, in order to develop their ability to deal with complex management problems; within the marketing module, students will develop their understanding of the fundamental marketing concepts from market analysis through to product life cycle and strategic development. the key issues of financial management are reviewed within the context of business strategy and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this important discipline area; during the second year of studies, students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include business law, which reviews the main legal forms of business ownership, before analysing the fundamental legal issues in contract and sale of goods transactions; the significance of dynamic employee development is central to the study of human resource management, which also takes place during the second year of the programme; students will gain a detailed appreciation of all aspects of the human resource function from recruitment and selection, through to training and development; business economics provides students with a sound appreciation of both the macro and micro economic factors impacting on organisational management; students may further select from entrepreneurship, which studies the theory and practice of establishing and managing a successful entrepreneurial business venture, or international management, which reviews the latest developments in cross'border management practice; all students on the programme are encouraged to undertake a work placement during their second year. Level 3: In the final year of the programme, students study strategic management and develop a detailed appreciation of the business ethics field, an area of growing interest amongst business practitioners; students are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated options, including: corporate finance; employment law; European law; e'commerce; management consultancy; marketing management; and organisational change; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of research on a particular aspect of management, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students may also broaden their exposure to the diversity of employment opportunities by undertaking an extended work placement in their final year. 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
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (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
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • 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
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
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£4,800 - £6,000
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