BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) with Foundation Year

Business (Tourism)

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year


Study level
Full time
4 years
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Do you have a passion for travel and tourism and an interest in the world of business? You can combine the two with a business and tourism degree with foundation year. You’ll learn about tourism from both a local and global perspective. This degree really does have the potential to take you anywhere!

Completing a foundation level before undergraduate level study gives you the opportunity to develop the core academic skills you need to successfully complete a professionally accredited undergraduate degree. You’ll increase your confidence in research, literacy, and explore business and management at a foundation level. With a foundation, you’ll then be able to springboard straight into an undergraduate degree. 

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

You’ll begin with fundamental academic skills and gradually build on your knowledge to gain core business management and tourism knowledge and experience. As you progress you will cover more advanced topics such as sustainable tourism, strategic management international destination management, and business analysis. 

As you get close to graduating with an undergraduate degree, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of where in business, and where in the world, you want your career to take you.


You have 4- years to complete this course, meaning that you have 1  year to complete each level. 

  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Structure of Business
  • Technology in Organisations
  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Understanding the Tourism Environment
  • Managing across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Destination Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Discussion based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. Our Berlin campus is a vibrant community of professionals from all over the globe, studying together in Europe’s number one destination for international students.

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully. 

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Please note: our campus classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted.
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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element); or TOEFL 46-59; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Our courses in tourism will help you to fulfil your career aspirations in the travel sector. Whether it’s understanding the issues facing modern tourism, exploring the nature of domestic and international travel, or analysing data to improve business performance, completing a business and tourism degree with Arden will give you the skills needed to work in an industry you love. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business 

Career prospects

When you graduate from a BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) with Foundation Year the world is literally your oyster. As well as a wide range of job opportunities you’ll also be set up with a global knowledge of the tourism sector that could take you anywhere. 

You’ll have a solid base of skills in analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. As well as a focus on tourism, you’ll also understand the fundamentals of how businesses work, should you wish to explore a more generalist business role.

What can a business and tourism degree with foundation do for me?

Once you graduate, you’ll have an internationally recognised undergraduate degree, which will help you progress your career in tourism and travel. You’ll graduate with: 

  • A strong variety of core business management skills
  • Demonstratable problem solving skills 
  • Skills in data analysis, problem-solving, self-management, negotiation, persuasion, and presentation
  • Knowledge of domestic and international travel and tourism and the strategic management skills you need to thrive in this sector. 

What can I do after Arden University?

In a global society, travel and tourism are essential industries both domestically and internationally. You’ll be able to decide what area of this sector most excites you, and what kind or organisation you want to work for. From global hotel chains and airlines, to small, premium, travel agencies.  Some job roles you might want to explore include: 

  • Tour Manager
  • Hotelier 
  • Operations Manager
  • Resort Operations
  • Travel Agent
  • Travel Consultant 
  • Airline Logistics
  • Event Manager 
  • Sales Executive 
  • Business Manager

You can also go on to study at postgraduate level. We offer a variety of programmes including a selection of MBAs. You can see the range of available postgraduate programmes here and our MBAs here.

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.