FdA Tourism Management


This contemporary programme is taught by industry specialists with considerable experience in the industry. 

Employability is an important element of the programme and you will study modules that focus on contemporary issues within the sector, in addition to a diverse range of management and tourism specific modules. You will develop your skills in diverse areas such as IT, communication, time management, team work, research and problem solving and the global tourism industry.


This programme reflects contemporary issues such as governmental strategies, regional policies, managerial approaches, skills shortages, and equality and diversity. On completion of this foundation degree, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to the tourism sector. This programme will also prepare you to progress to a (BA) Hons top-up degree in a related subject. 

The programme aims to: 

  • Engage your academic curiosity, stimulate your intellectual capacity and promote creativity and exploration of the industry.
  • Provide you with an academic and vocationally-oriented curriculum that establishes a firm understanding of the concept of tourism management within the sector.
  • Provide a flexible and supportive learning environment and a variety of learning tasks and approaches to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the tourism sector.
  • Develop your independent learning skills.
  • Provide a combination of guest speakers, industry related visits and placement opportunities.
  • Utilise a range of academic and practical teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
  • Facilitate the development of individual values and personal skills.
  • Enable you to develop your talents and pursue your career and/or academic and personal aspirations.


Level 4 

  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1
  • Tourism Destinations
  • Sales and Marketing in Tourism Management
  • Financial Management in Tourism Management
  • Organisational Behaviour in Tourism Management.

Level 5 

  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Cultural & Heritage
  • International Tourism Development
  • Enterprise Project.

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points: 32

To gain entry to the programme, a student must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements to the course. You may be considered for the programme on the basis of relevant work experience, and attainment of skills which demonstrate an ability to study at this level. 

Standard Entry criteria: 

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English)
  • Appropriate Functional Skills qualifications
  • A minimum of 32 UCAS Credits
  • Industrial experience.

If you do not hold these qualifications, the non-standard entry criteria involves completion of a written assessment activity. 
Given the wide experience of potential applicants to this programme, applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) are welcomed in accordance with the College FDAP Academic Regulations. However, these must be discussed as part of the admissions process, as once a student is registered to a programme APL/APEL may not be considered for approval. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL): 
If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules. 

What next after  FdA Tourism Management?

You could progress to BA (Hons) top-up Management, or specialise in BA (Hons) top-up Management (Events) or BA (Hons) top-up Management (International Business), at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

 Alternative Courses/degrees
 Published on 2023-08-26
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