Tourism and Leisure Studies

BA or BSc honours in combination with another subject Tourism Studies 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

The tourism industry supports over 260 million jobs worldwide and offers a multitude of exciting opportunities for graduates.

You will gain specialist knowledge in tourism from experienced staff who are passionate about their teaching and research. Lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers, site visits and an international field trip. During your time with us, you will be offered work experience/ internships and be able to take advantage of our exciting Tourism and Events Research Hub, which has a reputation for winning successful research grants.

Whatever degree you choose to study within Tourism, Events and Hospitality, you will enjoy a fun and stimulating field trip abroad in year one, already included in your fees.

You will explore areas including:

  • introduction to tourism
  • managing tourism organisations
  • tourism and events policy and development.

In the heart of a World Heritage city close to Europe and London, Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes Campus is an excellent place to study Tourism Studies. Supporting over 260 million jobs worldwide, the tourism industry offers a multitude of exciting opportunities as organisations locally and internationally seek employees and graduates who have specialist tourism knowledge, which you can gain by studying with us.

You will be taught by qualified, knowledgeable staff who are passionate about their teaching and research. Academic lectures and seminars are supported by a wealth of industry speakers, site visits and an international field trip. During your time with us, you will be offered work experience/internships and our exciting Tourism and Events Research Hub, which has a reputation for winning successful research grants, may provide further opportunities for some students.

To help smooth the transition to study at university, you will take a module called ‘Developing Personal and Academic Skills’. This module will guide you in small workshop groups through essay writing, academic referencing, research methods, accessing journals and generally help you settle in.

Top reason to choose this course

You can take part in an overseas residential fieldtrip in year one which is included in your fees. Our tourism teaching team work hard to ensure that you, the student is at the heart of our ethos and that your studies and tourism programme is our top priority.


Many members of the teaching team are nominated for a Golden Apple Award each year. Students nominate members of staff who over the course of their programme have made a positive impact on them and/or their studies. Some members of staff have been nominated several times.

Current annual sponsored student awards:

  • Best Student Research Project – Canterbury City Tour Guides
  • Best Tourist Student – The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Best Tourism or Event Marketing Report – Shepherd Neame
  • Best Student – Section of Geography, Event Leisure and Tourism

“The topics discussed in the workshops were really helpful. They were broken down for me so it was easier to digest and understand. We tackled things I didn't know before like referencing and the e-library. It really eased my transfer from college to uni."

Megan Cork, current student

Our degree in Tourism Management has a 90% overall student satisfaction

National Student Survey, 2015

This popular and challenging programme will introduce you to the expanding world of tourism, so if these are areas that you would like to explore, this could be the ideal course for you. Not only will you examine the growth, patterns and problems of tourist activity, but you will also consider related planning and management strategies and methods.

Studying Tourism at Christ Church guarantees that you will be taught by a qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, dedicated to ensuring that your course is stimulating and fun.

“I would say that going to Canterbury Christ Church University is the best thing that I have ever done! I have enjoyed it thoroughly and the lecturers and the lectures have been amazing. Not only have they supported me academically but also emotionally. I would never change the decision I made to join.” text here

Chelsea Medhurst, current student

In year one you will study modules such as Introduction to Tourism and Current Trends in Tourism Events and Hospitality, which may include topics such as dark tourism, film tourism, crisis management and sustainability. In the second and third year your foundational knowledge is developed with a greater emphasis on analytical and critical reasoning skills as well as studying key concepts in situ on our free international field trip in year two (an option for you), and the individual study/research project in year three.

As part of your degree you have the option to study at one of our Erasmus Universities in year two. We currently have long­standing successful links with universities in Malta, Iceland, Sweden and France. Taking part in the Erasmus scheme will give you the opportunity of living and experiencing a different country and culture in the safe environment of a university. Our current Erasmus students have the added benefit of significantly reduced tuition fees and a small living grant.

Work experience

During your tourism course, you may be offered a variety of internships and work experiences. This is an evolving and changing programme to ensure you get the best opportunities. We currently have students doing internships at Visit Kent, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Buzzlines Travel to name just a few. Our very active and successful Tourism and Event Research Hub also works hard to establish industry links.  In year 2 you will be able to take a work place/work based learning module which will enable you to complete  a ’live’ task and finish project with employer support.

A recent internship with the Hub was entitled ‘Supporting young people accessing meaningful work placements in the Kent visitor economy: a business stakeholders’ perspective’. This 10 week project was a collaboration between the Tourism and Events Research Hub, and Destination Management Organisation, Visit Kent. The project was designed to support an exciting initiative focusing on skills and career progression for young people in the sector: the ‘Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild’. The intern worked on a project ‘to explore the perceptions of business stakeholders about the opportunities and barriers related to the provision of work placements for young people in the visitor economy', supported throughout by the project lead at Christ Church and Visit Kent.

Tourism student are also supported to take part in as much volunteer work as possible during their studies.

Three 3rd year Tourism and Events students, studying a module in Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing, have gained excellent volunteering experience with Canterbury Festival. Helping with the implementation of Audience Finder surveys, at key events during the Festival, they have gained an insight into this area of work and it has shown them how the industry tools used in their marketing module are applied within the sector.   Rachel Pilard, Marketing Manager describes working with the students as “a fantastic experience, the students were incredibly professional and their work has helped the implementation of this year’s research immensely.”

Kristina Zelinkova, a third year Tourism Management student, was selected as designing the winning concept and logo on a live project with Visit Kent, for the newly developing initiative, the Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild. For further information please have a look at how Kristina and others took part in the competition. Click here to find out more.

Some current members of the tourism teaching staff are from, grew up in or studied in countries from across the world. This includes Cyprus, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and the USA. Between us we can speak several languages and play a variety of musical instruments.

Other information

Industry stakeholders regularly contribute to the lecture programme to enhance the student experience.

The Tourism Programme has been established at Canterbury Christ Church University for over twenty years. Some of our students liked us so much that they are now an established part of the tourism programme staff.

Year one

Core modules

Introduction to Tourism

The module aims to provide you with a broad­based interdisciplinary understanding of the rapidly expanding area of tourism focusing primarily on the principal patterns of participation and the factors which influence them. Topics will typically include socio/cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism. The module will also introduce you to the motivational theories of tourism.

Current Trends in Issues in Tourism, Events and Hospitality

The module aims to identify key internal and external factors shaping the contemporary tourism, events and hospitality industries. Topics typically covered in this module are, crisis management, adventure tourism, religious events and tourism, dark tourism, film and television events and tourism. These will provide the framework from which to identify contemporary issues emerging within the tourism events and hospitality industries. This module is designed to respond flexibly to current affairs and events throughout the world.

Residential Fieldtrip 1

This module offers you a chance to study tourism in practice during your first free residential field trip. You will typically stay in a major/mainstream tourist destination and carry our fieldwork in the daytime and present your findings to tutors in the evenings. You will complete all the assessed coursework while you are on the trip so when you return to the UK, this module is finished.

Developing Personal and Academic Skills (DAPS)

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more independent, reflective and self­managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. Additionally, the orientation module aims to build on pre­ existing skills and experience to make for a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. Furthermore, the aim is to introduce you to the meaning and purpose of research, and to introduce a range of ideas and techniques enabling you to conduct and present basic research themselves within the context of tourism.

Year two

Core module

Research Methods in Action

The aim of this module is to build on Discovering Research from the first year, and to provide you with an understanding of the research process as well as the various methods that can be employed to collect and analyse data within the context of tourism, events, sport and/or hospitality. To achieve this, the module strives to encourages you to understand the theoretical underpinnings of research methodologies, and also to apply it to address a range of research scenarios; thus, providing a sound basis for the preparation of a Research Project or an Individual Study in your third year.

Tourism and Events Policy and Development

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the nature and basis of tourism and events policies as well as examining the policy making process and the factors which influence this at a variety of geographical scales. Through providing an understanding of the role of tourism and events as a means of development and sustainability.

Likely optional modules

Residential Field Trip

This module offers you a chance to research and gain a managerial perspective during a free residential field trip. You will typically stay in a major tourist destination. Due to our well established links with Malta and the University of Malta, the international field trip currently takes place there.

Event Staging

The main aim of this module is to provide you with a grounding of knowledge of staging an event. Many parts of the tourism industry use events in their policies to encourage and boost tourism numbers. Having a basic knowledge of event management usually benefits tourism students. A range of different operational examples and impacts of events are studied. As well as learning how to theme and successfully pitch for an event. Projects and the detailed tasks involved in implementing the event life­cycle will also be considered.

Creative Places for Events and Tourism

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the natural and built environments in which tourism, leisure and event activities take place. It seeks to examine the nature of land and water resources, the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental processes that shape these places and the impacts that tourist and event activities produce. Finally, the module aims to examine the ways in which people perceive and value these different places and resources. If you like the idea of culture and heritage you will find this module interesting.

Managing Business Performance

The aim of the module is to introduce and develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and apply these techniques to tourism, leisure and events in an appropriate way whilst, appreciating their strengths and limitations. It also aims to help you to understand how management accounting information may be used for purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Sport and Leisure: Policies and Practice

The aim of the module is to help students further their understanding of the contemporary sport and leisure policy environment. The module will particularly focus on the involvement of power and politics in shaping sport and leisure policies and practices.

Year three

No core modules

Likely optional modules

Services Marketing Management for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

The module aims to develop your understanding of the nature and complexity of Service Marketing Management in the tourism, events, sport and hospitality industries in the 21st century. The intangible nature of tourism, events, sport and hospitality means that managers have to have unique thinking and strategies in place in order to compete in these global, fast markets. This module typically analyses service management concepts such as technology, capacity management and complaint management.  In addition it aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in marketing theories placing them in the context of the increasingly competitive and dynamic tourism, event, sport and hospitality environments. Typically a wide range of public and private sector providers, such as visitor attractions, destination marketing organisations, event organisations, accommodation providers and local authorities will be studied during this module. 

Visitor Attraction Management

The module aims to offer students a wide and comprehensive understanding of how visitor attraction management is concerned with minimizing the pressure and negative impact of visitor concentration within a destination attraction and/or event.  The emphasis will be on the main techniques of how visitor management ensures that the sheer number of visitors does not detract from the general enjoyment of the attraction and/or event, prevent a proper appreciation of it or cause physical harm to historic resources.  

Individual Study (40 credits) or Research Project ( 20 Credit)

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research project in the tourism, events, sport and hospitality environment which develops your analysis, problem­solving, research and synthesis skills. Using research skills developed in the first and second years of study, you will design and execute your own piece of original research.

Tourism, Conservation and Development

This module examines and evaluates debates concerning the development and conservation claims made for ecotourism, and the development of large resorts. Concepts explored typically include community participation and the multiplier process.

Heritage and the Creative Industries

This module aims to provide you with specialist knowledge of the role of heritage and creative industries within the wider events, leisure and tourism context. The module will include an assessment of providers and users. It will also analyse policies and strategies designed to meet challenges faced by managers and planners in the heritage and creative industries. This module benefits from our location in Canterbury which is part of a World Heritage Site.

Business Professional Ethics and Law for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

The aim of this module is to help you develop an understanding of ethical theory, the ability to evaluate the relationship between business and society, and to encourage students to develop their own individual perspective as ethical decision­makers. You are encouraged to critically evaluate business ethics and law­making polices within the context of the tourism industry.

Career advice is embedded in our curriculum with the help of our Employability and Careers Service. Our past students have entered a wide range of roles, both in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally. These include: resort manager, tourist officer, destination manager, travel writing, tour manager, regional tourist managers (i.e. Visit Kent), tourism exhibition management, visitor attraction marketing, niche event specialist, managers of their own businesses.

“The relationships I made with teachers and the quality of the course inspired me to further my studies with a MSc in Responsible Tourism. My time at Canterbury Christ Church University helped me develop considerably; both as a student, and tourism industry management professional.“

Crista Buznea, graduate

Our degree in Tourism Management has a 100% score for “staff have made the subjects interesting”

National Student Survey, 2015
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)
Text books £100.00 for year one for core text books that should be bought in the first four weeks of starting. (It may be possible to find much cheaper second hand copies) £100.00 for year one and two that will be bought throughout that time period. (It may be possible to find cheaper second hand copies).

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of lectures, seminars and industry guest speakers. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self­directed study per taught module.

Written feedback on all assessed work is provided and is typically supported by verbal discussion. Each staff member of the programme has weekly ‘office hours’ which you can drop in on to ask for advice or discuss any issue of concern.

“My second year experience was most enjoyable as it the practical modules taught me to put theory in to practice … Overall my university experience has been fun and the modules chosen have been great.”

Sheresh Moghal, final year student

Academic input

The Section of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism within which this programme is delivered comprises 16 academic staff, the majority of whom who have a PhD, who deliver undergraduate programmes across a range of subject areas. These include Geography, Tourism Management, Tourism and Leisure Studies, Events Management Events Planning and Hospitality Management.

We also offer the opportunity to study for a Masters degree or PhD. In addition to the full­time academic staff the Section has instructors who are studying for a PhD on a part­time basis whilst at the same time teaching in their area of expertise and supporting undergraduate students with their studies. We provide a rich learning environment for you that is underpinned by a strong commitment to research.

The majority of our staff are actively involved in research and knowledge exchange activities. Our work ranges from research into the environment and sustainability, to industry­oriented research and consultancy into marketing, branding and analysis of cultural trends.

Surprising terms

To be able to take part in our free international field trip, a Tourism and Leisure Studies student must take at least 80 Tourism credits.

To be considered for the Erasmus programme in the second year, you must pass all modules in year one at first attempt and your combined programme must be compatible with a combined degree in the Erasmus exchange university.

Throughout your course, you will be assessed using a range of methods, including written assignments, which could be an essay or a business report or portfolio, as well as presentations and project work. In some modules you will be assessed through exams.

You will experience individual assessment as well as group work. In year three you will produce a Research Project or Individual Study on a tourism topic of your choice and a supervisor will be appointed to help guide you through the process.

92% of School of Human and Life Sciences graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

2014-15 DLHE

A typical offer would be 96-112 UCAS Tariff points (2017 entry).

Professional accreditation




Industry links

We work with a range of industry partners, which are supported by the work of the Tourism and Events Research Hub. Through these links we are able to secure internship opportunities for students and a range of industry guest speakers. We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and consultancy work.

“One of the greatest opportunities I have had was the chance to do an internship with Buzzlines Travel, popular coach company in Kent. I now work for the company full-time and have had so many great experience working in the office, travelling with the company and I owe it all to the University and my brilliant lecturers”

Naomi Angus, graduate

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UCAS code

  • LN78 Geography/Tourism Studies
  • CN68 Sport & Exercise Psychology/Tourism Studies
  • NC86 Sport & Exercise Science/Tourism Studies

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


  • September 2018

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