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Ulster University Foundation Degree In Tourism, Hospitality and Events

This course offers exciting, modern and engaging content, embracing all three industries. It provides students with the opportunity to appreciate the symbiotic relationship that binds tourism, hospitality and events, while simultaneously acquiring a balanced mix of academic and practical skills.
Bangor, Downpatrick
2 Years
Level 5

Course Structure

The Foundation Degree provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within tourism, hospitality and/or events organisations, during the final year of the programme. Placements can be undertaken locally, nationally or internationally.

Modules studied will include:

Mandatory modules:

  • Effective Learner
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events Industry
  • Foodservice Operations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Understanding Tourism
  • Introduction to Event Operations
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Tourism Today
  • Contemporary Food and Beverage Supervision
  • Professional Development
  • Work Based Learning

This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student.


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Work placement – year two

The mandatory placement period is 16 weeks; the general pattern is four days in placement and one day in college.

Entry Requirements

GCSE and University General Entrance requirement statement

  • Three GCSE to include GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade c or above OR Pass in Essential Skills


A minimum of 72 UCAS points including:

  • Two A Levels at A2 OR
  • Level 3 National Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%+

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Previous SERC graduates have progressed to university or employment in the relevant field. Notably, this course offers specific Ulster University enhanced progression (via a Bridging provision and subject to Ulster University minimum marks entry criteria) to the BSc Hons International Hospitality Management and standard progression to both BSc Hons International Travel & Tourism Management and BSc Hons International Leisure and Events Management. It is also possible to progress from this course to other Ulster University BSc Hons courses within Ulster Business School (for example BSc Hons Marketing).

How will it make me more employable?

The course provides a strong vocational content delivered through tourism, hospitality and events specific modules. You will be presented with opportunities to acquire and enhance academic, technical (industry specific) and transferable skills (communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking.) which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the tourism, hospitality and events industry.

By the end of the entire course, students are expected to provide evidence of a total of 25 weeks industry experience, including the placement period. Students are strongly encouraged to identify and secure their own placement. SERC’s Placement Officer can offer support to students’ own efforts for identifying appropriate placements.

Additional Costs

It is recommended to budget approximately £150 - £200 per academic year to allow for routine field trips, uniforms, learning materials and additional part-time qualifications which may be relevant. Any optional additional study trips that involve overnight stays would be an additional cost.


This course is offered as a collaborative provision with Ulster University; Ulster University is the validating body, regulating the course. 

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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