BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism

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

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date August 2023
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code 8V74
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

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 an integrated degree taught in conjunction with Forth Valley College. You'll spend the first two years studying at the college and the final two studying at the University of Stirling campus, whilst benefitting from dual registration and the full range of their combined resources and facilities.

The course is supported and shaped by leading organisations such as Historic Environment 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 management and business. You’ll learn about heritage, tourism, history, exhibition design, sociology, marketing and environmental studies – as well as the challenges facing the management and promotion of historic and natural environments in Scotland and beyond.

The course is informed by the internationally-recognised expertise of our academic staff and their extensive networks with professional partners, helping to distinguish our programme from other heritage and tourism courses. You can be confident that everything you’re learning is rooted in the latest academic and applied industry thinking, and designed to prepare you for a career in the heritage and tourism sectors. 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

Prizes or awards

Past students from this degree have been awarded a range of prizes within the Division and Faculty, including the Independent Research Project  Prize (for dissertations and heritage portfolios).

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
BBB

GCE A-levels
BB

IB Diploma
28

BTEC (Level 3)
MMM

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other Scottish qualifications

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Advanced entry is not available for this course

Additional information

Start dates

This four-year course is a collaboration between Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling. In Years 1 and 2, you will be taught at Forth Valley College's Stirling Campus, where the teaching terms start in August each year (see Forth Valley College's term dates). You will then transfer to the University of Stirling for Years 3 and 4, where the teaching semesters start in September each year (see University of Stirling's semester dates).

How to apply

To apply for a full-time undergraduate degree, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply for up to five courses on your application.

Direct applications

If you would like to apply only for this integrated degree course, you can use our direct application form (instead of completing a UCAS application for multiple course choices). Email admissions@stir.ac.uk with the name of the course you want to apply for, and we will send you a link to the direct application form. We can also help you to complete the form if you need.

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact Forth Valley College’s University Partnership Officer, Lisa Baxter at lisa.baxter@forthvalley.ac.uk.

Other routes of rntry

We will consider applicants for direct entry into Year 3 who hold an HND in Travel and Tourism (A or B classification in graded units).

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 Academic or UKVI 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 23 August 2022

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on 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

Course details

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.

Course structure

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
  • Historical Reputations (taught at the University of Stirling)
  • Travel and Tourism Graded Unit 2

Years 3 and 4 (University of Stirling)

In the final two years, students are taught at the University of Stirling and have the opportunity to engage in advanced study in specialised areas. There is a core module in year 3 focusing on Heritage Protection. Students also have the opportunity to take modules focusing on Museums, Digital Heritage, Heritage and Identity, Public History, and Interpretation and Exhibition Design. A distinctive aspect of the degree is the opportunity to complete either a Dissertation or a Heritage Portfolio during Year 4. Teaching and learning is informed by the research and expertise of academic staff, and students have the opportunity to create their own specialised pathway drawing on 30-40 option modules from across the University. Further information about modules in years 3 and 4 can be found below. 

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

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. A variety of student centred teaching methods and digital platforms are designed to put you at the heart of the learning process, playing an active role in shaping your degree and your future. Our academic staff will support and inspire you with their friendly, approachable manner and their passion for the subject.

Fieldwork

Field trips to heritage sites, museums and tourism assets are an important part of the programme. Our teaching and learning engages directly with 'real world' issues and problems illustrated by specific heritage sites, museums and tourism assets. Seeing these first hand is an essential part of your learning. Field trips also provide an exciting arena for discussion and debate, whilst playing an important role in building a cohesive and supportive peer community.

Assessment

You’ll acquire a wide range of skills and experience a diverse range of assessment, such as examinations, essay writing, workshop reports, oral presentations and exhibition design. In Year 4 ou will undertake an independent, supervised research project leading to either a dissertation or a Heritage Portfolio (based on your choice). Your final Honours classification will be based on work done in Years 3 and 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.

Classroom hours

Classroom hours vary as you progress through the degree programme. During years 1 and 2 you will spend a good proportion of thet week in the classroom, whereas in years 3 and 4 you will become more independent in your learning, spending time doing supervised research and directed reading in preparation for seminars and assignments.

Work placement opportunities

There is a work placement module in Year 2, administered by Forth Valley College.

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

Colin McGeoch, Curiculum Manager Forth Valley College

colin.mcgeoch@forthvalley.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2022/23 2023/24
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,900 £16,400
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,900 £16,400

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can 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.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. 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.

After you graduate

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.

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, education, journalism, marketing and communications, the civil service and many other fields. Further PGT training will be required for some of these fields.

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.

  • 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.

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

  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Research skills
  • 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 Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, VisitScotland and Scottish Canals.

Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.