Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management

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Tourism is one of the world's biggest industries and it is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of the world around us, and Adventure Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK. The Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management course at Aberystwyth University will enable you to explore the exciting and dynamic world of adventure tourism and the tourism industry more generally while improving your fluency in the Spanish language.

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and when combined with Adventure Tourism, one of the fastest growing sectors, there will be a wealth of opportunities open to you once you graduate.

During this four-year degree, you will have the opportunity to study or work in Spain or a Spanish speaking country and will develop skills in the business, marketing and management of adventure tourism operations while learning in a stimulating environment - a location where the opportunities for adventure are plentiful, allowing you to understand this young industry in its development.

Course Overview

Why study Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management at Aberystwyth University?

By choosing to study the BSc Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management course with us you will explore the development, operation and impacts of both domestic and international adventure tourism. Your studies will focus on contemporary issues facing the industry including changing market trends, challenges facing destinations, how to manage tourism in a more sustainable way, and how to effectively market the sector using contemporary methods.

For the Spanish elements of the course, you will have timetabled intensive linguistic classes where you will concentrate on the following principles: listening, reading/writing, oral and translation. Alongside your studies, you will also receive four hours of linguistic and grammar classes per week. Spanish at Abersytwyth University is a vibrant, supportive and close-knit community which means that you will benefit from the unique approach to language development. All of the language tutors are native speakers or experts in the relevant target languages. We know our students by name and not by number.

The Adventure Tourism Management element of this degree scheme is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI). This means that you can be confident the course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that will fully prepare you for a career in adventure tourism management. A key feature of the degree is that alongside classroom-based learning there are regular day and overnight field visits both in the UK and overseas which enable you to explore adventure tourism in practice as part of the learning process.

Finally, a wide range of student assessments including the production of a business plan, web pages, field research, critical reviews, presentations and reflection develop your professional skills base and competence which are further complemented by the transferable professional skills developed in other core modules.

Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules September start - 2024

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


A degree in Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management from Aberystwyth University opens up many exciting opportunities upon successful completion of your course. Whether you want to be a manager of a luxury hotel, a destination marketer in one of the world's largest cities, manage a top travel agency, be in charge of a Michelin star restaurant in Spain, or start your own sightseeing tour business, your dreams can become a reality.

What skills will I acquire from this degree?

Studying for a degree in Spanish and Adventure Tourism Management will equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • the ability to speak Spanish and the potential to learn other languages
  • cultural awareness and the ability to work in a foreign-language or multilingual environment
  • the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, speaking and writing
  • effective problem-solving
  • analytical and creative thinking skills
  • decision-making
  • the ability to work independently
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

What work experience opportunities will be on offer while I study?

Discover more about the various employment opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers Service.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.

In your first year you will study the following core modules:

  • Spanish language (oral, aural, translation and writing)
  • Fundamentals of Management and Business
  • Marketing Principles and Contemporary Practice
  • Principles of Tourism Management.

You will also choose from a collection of optional modules which include:

  • Language, Culture and Identity in Europe
  • Study and Research Skills
  • Hispanic Civilization
  • Introduction to European Film.

In your second year you will study the following core modules:

  • Spanish language (aural, writing, oral and translation)
  • Adventure tourism
  • Activity Certification 1
  • International Tourism in Practice.

You will also choose from a collection of optional modules which may include:

  • Extended Essay Module
  • Cuban Cinema of the Revolution: Crisis, National Identity and the Critique of Contemporary Society
  • The Spanish Avant-Garde
  • Language of Business and Current Affairs 1
  • Seeing Spain through Cinema
  • Spanish American Cinema.

In your third year, you will embark on your year abroad which can be spent studying in one of our partner Spanish universities, or you can choose to spend the year undertaking a work placement in a Spanish speaking country. Other opportunities include the British Council English Language Assistantship Programme, where you will assist in the English Language development within a primary or secondary school in Spain or a Spanish speaking country.

In your final year you will study the following core modules:

  • Spanish language (oral, aural and writing)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Activity Certification 2.

You will also choose from a collection of optional modules which may include:

  • Tourism Planning and Development
  • Actualidades
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Language of Business and Current Affairs
  • Language, Culture and Identity in Europe
  • Seeing Spain through Cinema
  • Extended Essay Module
  • Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through lectures, small-group seminars, and tutorials.

You will sit exams and will be assessed on your essays, projects, reports, reflective diaries, portfolios, and presentations. The coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentations skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor in both departments throughout your time at Aberystwyth University. This person will assist you with all matters academic and non-academic.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBC with B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 70% in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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