Hospitality Management BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: N870
Code: BS3504A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2018
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This one year, full-time, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management (Top Up) degree is for those students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degrees in either Hospitality Management or Hospitality Management (Events Management) at University Centre at Blackburn College. You will study subjects such as: Implementing Strategy and Managing Change, Strategic Market and Product Development in the Hospitality Industry and The Service Encounter, Hospitality Human Resource Management as well as completing a dissertation.

Students progressing from FdA Hospitality Management (Events Management) will be able to specialise in Events Management within the dissertation module. Students studying the BA (Hons) Top Up degree in Hospitality Management will be given excellent tutorial support which will guide the student through the programme of study.

The British Hospitality Association recognises the need for formal qualifications within hospitality management and as such students can use this resource when studying for the BA (Hons) Top Up degree in Hospitality Management. This support, combined with tutorial support through lectures, seminars, guest lectures, behind the scenes visits to hospitality establishments and residential stays, students will gain experience in a variety of specialisms within the industry.

What will I study?

This one year Top-Up degree has a broad syllabus encompassing a mixture of practical and theoretical modules in the areas of hospitality management, hospitality operations and conference and event management. This programme is designed to provide graduates with the range of skills and knowledge required for management positions in the largest sector of employment in the UK. These skills enable graduates to develop into senior managers in a wide range of areas including employment in hotels, restaurants, licensed retail management, personnel and marketing in hospitality. Students will be given the opportunity to complete work experience within a hospitality organisation as part of the BA top up degree, putting theory into practice while building an impressive work experience portfolio within hospitality management. The top up programme involves completing a one full time programme (part time option available on request). In order to complete the award of BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, students need to successfully complete 6 units (120 credits). Students will study a dissertation module with is a year long module.

Modules include:

  • Implementing Strategy and Managing Change
  • Strategic Market and Product Development
  • Hospitality Human Resource Management
  • The Service Encounter
  • Dissertation

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Hospitality Management (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

In order to join the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed the Hospitality Management Foundation Degree FdA or the Hospitality Management (with Events Management) Foundation Degree FdA. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed with a mixture of coursework and formal examinations. You'll also take part in presentations (both group and individual) as well as complete an 10,000 word dissertation, reports, essays and event observations throughout the course.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the course, students can expect to move into Senior Management roles within Hotel and Catering Management, Event and Conference Management, Local Government, Restaurant Management, Hospitality Marketing or Further study to Master level. Graduates have also gone on to join Graduate Management Programmes and past graduates are currently working as the Head of E-Commerce for Karen Millen and as an Operations Manager at Marriott Hotels. A recent graduate joined the Graduate Management Team with Premier Inn Hotels - others moved into Nightclub Management, Live Events Management and gained personal licences for work in the pub sector. 

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Trips, Activities and Events

A range of trips and activities form part of the programme – these include ‘behind the scenes’ visits to a range of restaurants including Northcote on the edge of the Ribble Valley.

Hospitality students raise substantial amounts of money for charity. In previous years this has exceeded £2,000+ for organisations such as East Lancashire Hospice and Help for Heroes. This photo was taken during one of the many events that our Hospitality students have arranged. You too can get involved and organise events like this!

Take part in practical sessions

Our Hospitality Management programmes degrees – you will take an active part in a range of events that you’ll organise, manage, cater for and market. This will give you additional practical experience should you not currently be working in the catering and hospitality sector. An ‘Events’ pathway is available for students who wish to specialise in Events Management or get into careers such as Conference Management and our approach gives you valuable experience for your CV.

You will also undertake a number of practical sessions using Scholars Restaurant (the College’s training restaurant) and it may be from there that you put on a range of events throughout your programme of study. This could include balls, themed dinners, charity nights, mini festivals and more!


"There has been a noticeable surge in off-college activity and events which is very motivating and well received by students. That is highly supportive of engagement with industry issues, thereby making the curriculum much more relevant." 

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