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BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism

UCAS Code 8V74 Part-time study available Study abroad opportunities

Planning a career in heritage, travel or tourism? Our Heritage and Tourism degree is the perfect place to start your professional journey.

Heritage and Tourism

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Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date August
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

If you have aspirations of working in the heritage, conservation or tourism sectors, our dedicated Heritage and Tourism degree is the perfect starting point. This course is a fully integrated degree taught in conjunction with Forth Valley College, and you'll spend the first two years studying at the college and the final two studying at the University of Stirling campus. 

The course is supported and shaped by leading organisations such as Historic Scotland, VisitScotland and Scottish Canals, and delivered jointly by the University of Stirling and Forth Valley College. Your studies will reflect the importance of combining academic knowledge with a firm grasp of business. You’ll learn about heritage, history, exhibition design, marketing and environmental studies – as well as the challenges facing the management and promotion of historic and natural environments in Scotland and beyond.

Every aspect of the course is positively influenced by the expertise of our professional partners, helping to distinguish our programme from other travel and tourism courses. You can be confident that everything you’re learning is rooted in the latest industry thinking, and designed to prepare you for a career in the sector. You’ll also apply your skills in real-world settings while you study – further sharpening the skills you’ll put to use when you transition into the exciting professional world of heritage and tourism.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    BBB

    GCE A-levels
    BB

    IB Diploma
    28

    BTEC (Level 3)
    MMM

  • Other qualifications

    Access Courses

    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B

  • Advanced entry

    Not available.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    Please note that selection will be made via successful interview and submission of a written paper.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

The first two years of this course are based at Forth Valley College’s Stirling campus, while Years 3 and 4 are taught at the University of Stirling.

Year 1 (at Forth Valley College)
  • Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Applying Marketing Principles in Travel and Tourism
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Preparation for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • Providing Information on the Scottish Tourism Product
  • Scottish Tourism Product: Niche Markets
  • Research Skills
  • Visitor Attraction Operations
  • Countryside Recreation and Access
  • Scottish Natural Heritage Tourism
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Using Software Application Packages
  • Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication
  • Travel and Tourism Graded Unit 1
Year 2 (at Forth Valley College)
  • Influences on the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Marketing and Planning in Travel and Tourism
  • Planning and Sustainable Development in Tourism
  • Tour Operations
  • Food Tourism and Culture
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Practical Travel and Tourism Visit
  • Work Experience
  • Role of History, Culture and Genealogy in Scottish Tourism
  • Countryside Visitor Management
  • Heritage Studies: Scotland
  • The Making of Modern Britain (taught at the University of Stirling)
  • Travel and Tourism Graded Unit 2

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and small group sessions, as well as gaining valuable insight into the heritage and tourism industries through work placements and field trips.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed via examinations, essay writing, workshop reports, presentations and other forms - such as your dissertation. Your final Honours classification will be based on work done in Years 3 and Year 4. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the weighting varying depending on the nature of the material taught and the module outcomes specified.

  • Study abroad

    As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

  • Contact

    Muriel Alexander, University Partnership Officer, Forth Valley College

    +44 (0) 1324 403009
    muriel.alexander@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Heritage and Tourism degree?

A degree in Heritage and Tourism from the University of Stirling opens the door to opportunities with a wide range of organisations. You’ll acquire skills that will be ideally suited to roles such as:

  • Heritage manager
  • Historic buildings inspector or conservation officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Museum or gallery exhibitions officer
  • Education
  • Visitor attraction operations
  • Tourism management

A Heritage and Tourism degree is also well suited to jobs in archaeology, journalism, marketing and communications, the civil service and many other fields.

Heritage and tourism play a vital role in the economy, and offer diverse and rewarding forms of employment. This degree programme combines applied business and tourism-specific skills with the academic skills from the study of history, heritage and conservation. Those skills are highly sought after by not only employers within the tourism, conservation and heritage sectors, but have a wide appeal to employers from all career sectors.

  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • Develop industry-focused skills as you study with field trips and work placements.
  • Insights from our professional partners help to ensure you can start your career with inside knowledge of heritage and tourism.
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at Stirling and develop the attributes required by employers. We also have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Careers and Employability Service that work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Problem-solving
    • Teamwork
    • Verbal and written communication
    • Time management
    • Critical reasoning and analysis
    What employers say

    VisitScotland is delighted to support this new Honours course. It provides a unique opportunity for Scotland's Tourism, Culture and Heritage sectors to attract talented graduates and turn some of Scotland's most important tourism assets into great visitor experiences to help stimulate economic growth in our visitor economy.

    Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland

    Historic Scotland welcomes the introduction of this undergraduate degree as it is vital that we conserve Scotland's heritage not only for the tourism opportunities which help our economy, but for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

    Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial

  • Companies we work with

    The course is supported and shaped by leading organisations such as Historic Scotland, VisitScotland and Scottish Canals.

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