Tourism Management / Spanish

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Tourism is reputed to be the world's biggest industry which is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of the world around us.  The BSc Tourism / Spanish will enable you to explore the exciting and dynamic tourism industry while improving your fluency in the Spanish language. The combination of Tourism Management and Spanish will open many opportunities post-graduation. As one of the most spoken languages in the world, Spanish and Tourism complement each other. At Aberystwyth University, you will study in a place where tourism helps a vibrant community thrive. During the four year degree at Aberystwyth University, you will focus on your language development and have the opportunity to study or work in Spain or a Spanish speaking country. Scroll down for more information. 

Course Overview

Why study Tourism / Spanish at Aberystwyth University?

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

Our Tourism and Spanish degree scheme is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI). This means that you can be confident the course will provide you with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management. A key feature of the degree scheme 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 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 transferrable professional skills developed in other core modules.
Our Staff

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.

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.

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 Tourism / Spanish from Aberystwyth University opens up many exciting opportunities once you've completed your degree.  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 France, or start your own sightseeing tour business, these possibilities can become a reality. 

 What skills will I acquire from this degree?

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

  • Ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data;
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Effective problem-solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision-making;
  • 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 exist whilst studying? 

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 department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will you learn?

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

In the first year you may discover:

  • Principles of Tourism Management; 
  • Spanish language (oral, aural, translation and writing); 
  • Management;
  • Finance;
  • European Culture and Politics; 
  • Spanish literature and film;
  • Tourism.

In the second year you may explore:

  • Destination attraction management; 
  • Management research methods;
  • Spanish language (aural, writing, oral and translation); 
  • Adventure tourism; 
  • International tourism in practice; 
  • Research methods. 

In the third year you may study,  you will embark on your year abroad, which can be sent studying in one of partnered Spanish universities, or embark on a 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 may: 

  • Sustainable tourism; 
  • Tourism development and planning; 
  • Spanish language (oral, aural and writing); 
  • TESOL; 
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business; 
  • Tourism marketing; 
  • Dissertation. 

How will I be taught? 

Our students are taught through lectures, small-group seminars, and tutorials.

We assess our students through examinations, assessed 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 throughout your time at Aberystwyth University. This person will assist you with all matters relating to academic and non-academic. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Spanish

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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