Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Provided by TEG International College

Course introduction


Awarding Body

York St John University, United Kingdom


The International Tourism and Hospitality Management programme offers you the opportunity to understand, analyse and interpret business activity, with a focus on the tourism and hospitality industries. The programme has a strong emphasis on the international dimension of tourism and hospitality, though, for example, the use of international case studies and theories of internationalisation. The course provides a critical understanding of the tourism and hospitality industries, and places their development in social and economic contexts. The programme therefore prepares you for a career in tourism and hospitality, but given the inclusion of transferable skills in business management, you will also be readily equipped to pursue a variety of career options depending on your individual preferences. The content of the programme develops an understanding of how tourism and hospitality organisations integrate business management functions, and focuses on specific areas as well as cross functional management skills, for example finance, HRM and marketing. Through the integrated approach to content and delivery, you will be well prepared for the complex decisions faced by managers in the International tourism and hospitality industry.

The programme aims to have a mixture of full-time Singaporean and international students, predominantly from East and South East Asia, which should further add to the international nature of the programme. While part-time study is possible it is envisaged that the majority ofstudents will study the programme full time. Drawing on a diverse target audience, this programme offers opportunities for valuable exposure to different expectations, interpretations, and values, which are typical in modern business environments.

The programme consists of three distinct phases. In phase 1 (year 1 for full time students, normally years 1 and 2 for part time students), all participants take identical modules as the programme has been designed without options. Phase one provides an introduction to the core areas of business management, tourism and hospitality. Phase two is split between further modules in tourism and hospitality management, as well as a strong focus on career development and the development of research skills in the business case study module in phase three. In phase three, you undertake the double-weighted Business Research Case Study along with further business, tourism and hospitality management modules.

The programme is designed to embed employability and professional skills at all levels and requires you to develop a means to record continuous evidence of professional learning. The link between learning activities and a critically reflective approach to thinking about organisations, leadership and management helps to ensure that learning is strongly employment focussed throughout the programme. The programme has been deliberately devised to appeal to those with managerial aspirations.

The tourism and hospitality industry is worldwide and diverse. This programme not only aims to develop knowledge, skills and strategic perspectives essential to obtaining management roles in the industry, but also, to develop an understanding of how business works. This unique combination of business and knowledge of the industry translates into highly valued prospective employees who can make a positive contribution to the sector.

The business management element is an important feature of the programme. According to the QAA Subject benchmark statements, “programmes in hospitality have evolved significantly beyond the vocational focus to combine management and scientific disciplines as a coherent whole”. Thus, a strong emphasis is placed on developing managerial and business, skills and competencies necessary to meet the demands of a fast changing tourism and hospitality industry.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Learning Objectives

The BA (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management programme has three main aims:

  • To develop individuals with a sound and critical understanding of the tourism and hospitality industry, and its place within wider society.
  • To provide students with industry-relevant yet academically robust knowledge of the management of tourism and hospitality organisations in different cultural contexts.
  • To develop graduates who demonstrate an understanding of the tourism and hospitality consumer, and the relationship between their needs and service quality.
These aims are further underpinned by four generic attributes that graduates of the programme will display, and that will stand them in good stead in terms of employability, particularly within the context of tourism and hospitality management:

A. Academic Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality

Develop individuals with a sound knowledge and understanding of the management of tourism and hospitality organisations.

B. Critical Thinking and Effective Communication

Create reflective practitioners who are able to analyse and synthesise complex information relating to tourism and hospitality. Develop students’ ability to communicate and collaborate in a variety of contexts.

C. Learning and Personal Development

Development Promote individuals who are willing to adapt to a complex and rapidly changing environment.

D. Active Citizenship

Foster through adopting a critical stance students’ contribution to society at large.

The following programme level aims draw on the above aims and graduate attributes.

Special features of the programme:
  • Systematic development of employability skills which form part of the core curriculum at Levels 1 and 2, preparing students for the world of business.
  • The option of undertaking a placement in the second semester as part of the Employment Development module.
  • Excellent personal and academic support. Each student is allocated an academic tutor to support them throughout the programme.
  • The opportunity to study a combination of tourism and hospitality in the fast-paced, multicultural environment of Singapore.


Code Year 1 Module Title Credits
1BM130 Hospitality Business & Environment 20
1BM020 ICT and Study Skills 20
1BM100 Organisational Behaviour 20
1BM070 Tourism Industries 20
1BM080 Marketing & Operations Management 20
1BM040 Economics and Finance 20

Code Year 2 Module Title Credits
2BM230 Designing a Research Project 10
2BM240 Professional Experience and Career Planning 10
2BM140 Travel & Tourism Marketing 20
2BM160 Human Resources Management 20
2BM220 Research Methods for Business 10
2BM180 Employment Development 10
2BM130 Cultural and Heritage Tourism 10
2BM260 Hospitality & Service Operations 20

Code Year 3 Module Title Credits
3BM030 Tourism Policy & Planning 20
3BM250 Contemporary Issues in Hospitality 20
3BM020 Organisational Strategy and Decision Making 20
3BM110 Responsible Tourism 20
3BM130 Business Case Study 20
3BM060 International Marketing 20

Teaching and Learning Methods

Level 1 – knowledge and understanding

Delivery of the programme utilises a student-centred, blended approach which incorporates 42 contact hours; consisting of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Tutor-led discussion of provided case studies; writing practice and feedback (including peer feedback); structured IT workshops; guided preparation of professional reports or accounts are further examples of the approaches utilised at Level 1.

Guided learning is emphasised at Level 1, which aims to support students through tasks designed to develop skills and understanding, and to promote communication, organisation, responsibility and the appropriate exercise of judgement.

Employability skills are emphasised and delivered by including appropriate skills (e.g. IT) within the curriculum. Reflective practice is facilitated through the production of a Personal Development Portfolio and this is integrated into module assessment.

Level 2 – analysis, application and reflection

Delivery of the programme utilises a student-centred, blended approach which incorporates 36 contact hours; consisting of lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent learning and learning supported by virtual learning environments (VLE’s). Tutor-facilitated reflection on work experience or on alternative approaches to a problem; planning, management and evaluation of a group project are examples of the approaches utilised at Level 2.

Collaborative approaches to learning are emphasised at Level 2 (e.g. group work and projects) as they allow knowledge and understanding to be co-constructed and contested, and provide opportunities for individuals to bring unique or personal insights into the discussion, activity or consideration. Facilitated learning is also emphasised to encourage teamwork, problem-solving, reflection on decision-making and other critical abilities in order to develop autonomous learning skills.

Employability skills are emphasised at Level 2 when students are introduced to project planning, alongside developing research skills through the Research Methods module.

Level 3 – critical evaluation and synthesis

The delivery of the programme utilises a student-centred, blended approach which incorporates 30 contact hours; consisting of lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent learning and learning supported by virtual learning environments (VLE’s). Student-led discussion of independently selected case studies; critical reflection on current news events; application of theories and evidence to inform strategic business choices are examples of the approaches utilised at level 3.

Independent Learning is emphasised at level 3, in which, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their role in managing their learning and its outcomes, and is structured to require and reward increasing independence and autonomy of learning.

Employability skills are emphasised at Level 3 with students undertaking a 20 credit Business Case Study. This results in the production of a major piece of work that develops the students’ research skills and their engagement with business practice.

Assessment and Examinations

Level 1

Formative assessment strategies include tutor feedback on tutor-led group discussion, practice tests and tutor feedback on individual draft work.

Students at Level 1 of the BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management programme will experience a wide range of summative assessment approaches, such as:
  • Report
  • In-module test
  • Essay
  • Poster presentation
  • Portfolio
  • Oral test
  • Oral group presentation
  • Individual project
  • Design and produce a website.
Assessment criteria: Students will be assessed in every module for which they enrol. Level 1 work usually carries a word count of 3000-3,500 words per 20 credits.

Level 2

Formative assessment strategies include tutor-facilitated discussion of draft work and group wikis.

Students at Level 2 of the BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management programme will experience a wide range of summative assessment approaches including:
  • Report
  • Essay
  • Research proposal
  • Critical analysis / review
  • Poster presentation
  • Case study
  • Personal journal
Assessment criteria: Students will be assessed in every module for which they enrol. Level 2 work usually carries a word count of 3500-4000 words per 20 credits.

Level 3

Formative assessment strategies include informal discussion of essay ideas or research interests; student-led peer review of informal presentations.

Students at level 3 of the Business Management programme will experience a wide range of types of summative assessment, including:
  • Case study
  • Portfolio
  • Critical analysis/review
  • In-module test
  • Oral presentation
  • Project report
  • Report
  • Poster presentation
  • Essay
Assessment criteria: Students will be assessed in every module for which they enrol. Level 3 work usually carries a word count of 4000-5000 words per twenty credits.

Area of Studies

Graduation Requirements and Progression

The University’s general regulations for undergraduate awards ( apply to this programme.

Any modules that must be passed for progression or award are indicated in the Programme Structure section. In addition, the following programme-specific regulations apply in respect of progression and graduation:

  • The award of degree with honours is dependent upon students having made a serious attempt at 360 credits and having been awarded at least 300 credits, including at least 100 at each of Levels 1, 2 and 3. Where modules that are either compulsory for progression or compulsory for award have been failed the student will have the opportunity of achieving the award of BA (Hons) International Tourism Management instead.
  • Exit awards of Certificate/Diploma of Higher Education and BA Ordinary Degree International Tourism Management (without the Hospitality) will be awarded where the stipulated number of credits (as per general regulations) has been achieved but the hospitality subject modules (compulsory for award or progression) have not been passed:
- 1BM130 for the Certificate of Higher Education

- 1BM130 and 2BM260 for Diploma of Higher Education

- 1BM130, 2BM260 and 3BM250 for the BA Ordinary Degree

Entry Requirements

A candidate must satisfy one, or combination, of the following conditions:

  • 18 years and above
  • GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent
  • Working experience could be considered for mature learners (working adults with at least 2 Years' experience in the same field and with at least 5 GCE 'O' levels / SPM including English or equivalent and subjected to the discretion of the University Representative (Head of Programme and/or Director of International Development - Asia) upon student application may be considered.
Note: For foreign students English language proficiency IELT 6.0 or equivalent.

Attendance Requirements

International Students (ICA student pass holder) must attend a minimum of 90% of scheduled course hours at all time. A minimum attendance of 75% must be achieved for local students (Singaporean, PR, Employment Pass, S-Pass and work permit holders etc.) who are not holding student pass. Students whose attendance is below 90% (ICA Student Pass holder) and 75% (local students) are not eligible to submit the assignment or sit for the examination.

A student who is absent or considered to be absent from class/session, must provide documentary proof i.e. Original Medical Certificate issued by a General Practitioner, Polyclinic or Hospital to his/her Course Administrator immediately on his/her return to school.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Course Duration

Full-time:    3 hours a day X 5 days a week X 40 months

Intakes / Registration

Registration occurs for the following intakes: January and September

All applications for admission should be submitted at least four (4) weeks before the commencement date. An application processing fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is payable for each application that is submitted. This fee is Non-Refundable.
Local Student: S$107.00
International Student: S$695.50
Commencement and Completion Month/Year (Full time)

Commencement and Completion Date

Course Commencement Date Course Completion Month/Year
January (Current year) January (Following year)
September (Current year) September (Following year)

Teacher - Student Ratio

TEG teacher-student ratio will not exceed:

1:40 for lecturing

1:30 for classroom teaching; and

1:20 for tutorials

Fees & Funding

Please enquire below for course fees and financial grants: