FdSc International Hospitality Management

If you aim to become a business leader in the worldwide hospitality industry, the FdSc International Hospitality Management taught at Bolton College is an ideal springboard. This hands-on course will support you to gain detailed knowledge of leadership and the associated skills necessary for management in this dynamic and exciting global industry.

International Hospitality Management

Key information

Award:

FdSc

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

Bolton College

UCAS points:

48

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This FdSc International Hospitality Management foundation degree is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.

The contribution of travel and tourism to the global economy was approximately $5.8 trillion in 2021 (1). The sector is enormous and offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities all over the world. With the right qualification, you could work in the hotel, cruise, events, tourism or contract catering industries. If you want to go far and make a real impact, then the University of Bolton’s FdSc International Hospitality Management delivered by Bolton College is the place to begin.

This programme is strongly vocational with an international focus, giving you the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an effective and ethical hospitality manager. You’ll learn from hospitality specialists who are actively involved in research that informs the industry’s future.

Our experienced team of hospitality professionals and academics will support you to develop a good understanding of the global hospitality industry and the general management of food, beverage and accommodation operations. During this foundation degree, you’ll focus on financial management, marketing, consumer behaviour, people management and leadership and learn how to apply this knowledge effectively in the hospitality sector. You’ll also have ample opportunity to develop practical skills and experience in our in-house training kitchens, the College’s bistro and restaurants, and through a 300-hour external placement. Furthermore, we’ll encourage you to build the sought-after transferable, professional and academic skills that will impress potential employers and support your career progression.

(1) https://www.statista.com/topics/962/global-tourism/ accessed on 4 August 2022

Highlights
  • You’ll gain vital experience using our in-house training kitchens.
  • You can develop your practical skills and knowledge by working in the College’s bistro and restaurants, open to the general public.
  • You’ll build your experience further at Level 5 through a 300-hour real-world work placement external to the College.
  • We’ll help you build a network of professional contacts, bolstering your CV and enhancing your employability.
  • Once you’ve completed the foundation degree, you’ll have the opportunity to top-up your qualification to an honours degree by studying our final year BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management (top-up) course.
Key Features
  • This course offers essential hospitality management knowledge that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we’ll work with you individually, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • Work-based learning, industry visits and guest speakers will complement and enhance your classroom and workshop-based learning.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem-solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • This course responds to the sensitivities of the natural environment and the needs of local and global societies to help you understand how to run hospitality operations sustainably and ethically.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.
  • If you apply or enrol on this course, Bolton College and the University of Bolton will share the information you provide. You’ll also receive communications from both organisations.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The hospitality industry takes many forms. From conferences and exhibitions for thousands of attendees to intimate meals for private diners, hospitality covers everyone from business travellers to families on holiday. It can encompass food, drink, lodging, travel and entertainment. These service industries offer a wide range of careers and opportunities for those with the drive and ambition to ensure customers and guests have a positive experience.

This foundation degree focuses on building your understanding and skills in the key areas that underpin hospitality management on the global stage. This knowledge is essential, whether you wish to run your own B&B or an international chain of hotels and eateries. The fundamental principles are the same, and we are dedicated to ensuring you get the best start to your career, whatever your ambition.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of the FdSc International Hospitality Management, many career opportunities will be open to you. You could work in adventure tourism, travel agencies, resort management, account management, event management, food and beverage management, general management, hotel property project management, revenue management, sales, and marketing management. You’ll be able to seek employment in sectors such as tourism, hotels, restaurants, bars, the cruise industry, events and contract catering. You might also consider starting your own business.

As a foundation degree graduate, you’ll also have the option to top-up your qualification to gain a full honours degree by studying our BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management (top-up) course.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Business
  • Customer service
  • Corporate liaison
  • Marketing
  • Human resource management
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Community relations
  • Property management
  • Revenue analysis
  • Quality improvement

Course fees

Useful information

When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We take a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online delivery and engagement and practical work. You can expect lectures, seminars, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, hospitality organisation operational observations and hospitality experience. An essential element of the course is work-based learning, so you’ll be expected to undertake a work experience placement (or complete this component at work if you are already in employment).

To complete the course, you’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of independent personal study. This will include activities such as background reading, assignment work, preparation for presentations and seminar discussions, and revision for in-class written examination. Engaging with our social learning community will further enhance your learning. We also offer a peer support programme and enhanced personal tutoring to ensure you can access help when you need it.

We use a carefully planned blend of assessments chosen to build your skills and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve achieved the course’s learning outcomes. There are two types of assessments: formative and summative. Typically these involve written coursework, oral presentations, time-constrained in-class activities, practicals and portfolios. Formative assessments will not contribute to your final mark but aim to help you improve your work in future. For these elements, you’ll receive feedback either verbally, in writing or online. You’ll also undertake summative assessments that will contribute towards your final mark. Normally, you’ll receive feedback on this type of evaluation in writing, but you’ll also have the opportunity to ask for more details verbally.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • The Global Hospitality Sector
  • Professional and Academic Management Skills for the Hospitality Sector
  • Introduction to the Management of Food, Beverage and Accommodation Operations
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management for Hospitality
  • Fundamentals of People Management and Leadership for Hospitality
  • International Gastronomy
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour for Hospitality Businesses
  • Hospitality Professional Practice and Career Development
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 60%, Practical exams 40%
Level twoCoursework 83%, Written exams 17%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Placement/study abroad 17%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 17%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Jodie Cooke
Curriculum Leader, Bolton College

Jodie.Cooke@boltoncc.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 482273

Catherine Langstreth
Head of Area, Bolton College

Catherine.Langstreth@boltoncc.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 482270

Information Team
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