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Course overview. If you are seeking to develop a career within the culinary environment of the hospitality industry, this course provides a direct career pathway for you. Read more
Course overview

If you are seeking to develop a career within the culinary environment of the hospitality industry, this course provides a direct career pathway for you.

The management of professional culinary enterprises proves an exciting challenge. Artistry and technique need to be blended with business and management acumen, coupled with the skills of creativity and innovation. The challenge is to always meet changing consumer demands, research trends and effectively manage an operation.

You will study classical culinary technique and adapt it to the contemporary culinary environment. Innovation, recipe and food product development will be strong components of your overall experience. The international nature of the modern culinary environment is reflected in the content and delivery of this course – as are the challenges of managing culinary operations as profit centres.

Some previous culinary experience is required, but the course is also open to students from educational and industry backgrounds.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a specialist and internationally-renowned provider of courses in hospitality and culinary arts management.
You will enhance your knowledge and application of culinary technique and develop your ability to manage within a culinary environment.
You will be able to specialise and develop advanced techniques through our state-of-the-art facilities, staff expertise and an optional work placement.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body and out internationally-recognised qualifications.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.

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Course overview. The hospitality industry is a vast, global and dynamic industry which is constantly developing and expanding. Read more
Course overview

The hospitality industry is a vast, global and dynamic industry which is constantly developing and expanding.

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry and the environment in which it operates and increase your critical awareness of current issues and new insights into this area of professional practice. Our previous graduates can be found all over the world, working in a variety of senior management positions in many different sectors of the industry.

You will also take part in a five-day study trip to a European city destination in order to carry out research related to one or more of your course assessments. Previous study visits have taken students to Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Florence, Barcelona, Krakow and Rome. The cost of this residential visit it include in the course fees.

There are many diverse career opportunities available to you, and a postgraduate degree from UCB will improve your chances of success and career progression.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a well-established and internationally-renowned provider of hospitality management courses.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
This degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham and has a strong industry and commercial focus.
You will learn how to work in a managerial position within the hospitality industry and be aware of the contemporary issues and potential areas of growth within the sector.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative hospitality and managerial approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary hospitality environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork will provide opportunities for you to explore concepts relevant to your study and you will also be analysing case studies as a way to understand the link between theory and sector practice.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include essays and reports, investigative fieldwork, case study analysis, presentations and simulation using industry-specific software.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. Tourism is a highly-competitive industry in virtually every country of the world, which has created a demand for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to succeed in this dynamic and global industry. Read more
Course overview

Tourism is a highly-competitive industry in virtually every country of the world, which has created a demand for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to succeed in this dynamic and global industry.

This course will enhance your business management potential by developing your knowledge and skills to identify and respond to the wide range of opportunities and threats in future tourism business environments. You will also appreciate the multi-disciplinary approaches required in the sector.

A strong emphasis is placed on the role of communication and creativity in effective management practice, together with an awareness of contemporary issues. A key feature of this course is the ‘live industry project’, where you will travel overseas for an external organisation and apply your skills and knowledge to a real business. Previous students have completed projects in Malaysia, the Gambia and the Azores in Portugal.


Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, with a national and international reputation.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body, which makes for a diverse and friendly atmosphere.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
The ‘live industry project’ is a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, gain experience and use the skills you develop on your course in a real industry environment.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of tourism and business approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary tourism environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, guest speakers, seminars and e-learning activities will help give you an understanding of the travel and tourism sector as a business. There is also a range of action learning opportunities through case studies, scenario-planning, simulations and live projects.

You will be assessed through case study analysis, presentations, essays, e-discussions, examinations and debates through a range of individual and team-based environments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. This course is available both full and part-time and aims to further your knowledge of teaching-related and contextual studies and provide opportunities for you to explore current research and issues regarding working with children. Read more
Course overview

This course is available both full and part-time and aims to further your knowledge of teaching-related and contextual studies and provide opportunities for you to explore current research and issues regarding working with children.

You will further develop your advanced skillset and learn how to efficiently deal with complex issues that may arise in the learning environment. You will also hone your analytical skills, evaluating research and studies surrounding childhood theory and curriculum.
The opportunity to undertake detailed exploration of current childhood issues is provided, enabling you to apply what you have learned into practice in the workplace and to support field research.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry.
You will learn a variety of industry approaches around mentoring, professional practice and distance learning materials.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends and a variety of perspectives.

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Course overview. If you want to work in a dynamic marketing role, managing events or working within hospitality and tourism, then this course will provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed. Read more
Course overview

If you want to work in a dynamic marketing role, managing events or working within hospitality and tourism, then this course will provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed.

The focus of this course is on developing your effective marketing management competencies through the study of a range of modules specifically designed to encapsulate and reflect the contemporary marketing environment.

You will have the opportunity to undertake projects in a live marketing context and act as a consultant to develop strategies and marketing plans for clients. This industry-based experience is very valuable and will enhance your overall employability.

This course encompasses a corporate team-building event to develop the skills that you learned during your undergraduate studies and raise them to a higher academic level.

The UCB Business School has an affiliation with the Academy of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). You will benefit from interaction and engagement with leading marketing practitioners and academics as well as having access to a wide range of specific marketing resources.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in marketing as you specialise in the dynamic events, hospitality and tourism industries.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced business functions in marketing management and how to apply them to the industry.
You will work with real clients, helping to develop marketing plans and strategies in order develop your industry experience.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative marketing approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary business environment.

Teaching and assessment

This course is delivered through team-based learning exercises to encourage a high level of participation. You will also attend lectures, seminar debates and do independent reading to ensure an interactive, personalised learning experience.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include case studies, presentations, online debates, assessed seminars, essays and reports, marketing plans and a live exhibition.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. The global growth of tourism has been accompanied by economic, environmental and social impacts that are crucial to industry development in order for it to expand and develop. Read more
Course overview

The global growth of tourism has been accompanied by economic, environmental and social impacts that are crucial to industry development in order for it to expand and develop.

A key role in the development of tourism lies with the planners and developers who control and cultivate tourism to meet the varied needs of the different types of service providers and principles.

This course will examine these important areas, encouraging you to examine the management and development of tourism destinations so you develop an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary approaches required in the sector. You will focus on planning and development initiatives whilst building an awareness of contemporary issues.

A key feature of this course is the ‘live industry project’, where you will travel overseas for an external organisation and apply your skills and knowledge to developing tourism product and marketing development plans. Previous students have completed projects in Cyprus, Italy and Madeira.

Why should I choose this course?

UCB is a leading provider of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, with a national and international reputation.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of tourism and marketing development approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary tourism environment.
UCB’s well-developed international links are reflected in our thriving international study body, which makes for a diverse and friendly atmosphere.
Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
The ‘live industry project’ is a fantastic opportunity to travel abroad, gain experience and use the skills you develop on your course in a real industry environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, guest speakers, seminars and e-learning activities will help give you an understanding of the travel and tourism sector as a business. There is also a range of action learning opportunities through case studies, scenario-planning, simulations and live projects.

You will be assessed through case study analysis, presentations, essays, e-discussions, examinations and debates through a range of individual and team-based environments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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Course overview. This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people. Read more
Course overview

This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people.

You will be taught to reflect on your role as a practitioner, asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills develop is encouraged.

The fieldwork practice arrangements required for this course will include two periods of supervised fieldwork practice, which will be 592 hours in total. In line with the National Youth Agency criteria, at least 148 of these 592 hours will be in an alternative practice context. The experience will be in two locations and 50% of the committed time will be with young people in the 13-19 age group. The total number of fieldwork practice hours will be equally divided over the course duration.

Why should I choose this course?

You will develop your professional career in youth work and community as you specialise in this rewarding area.
You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry.
You will learn a variety of industry approaches around social justice, management and personal and professional change.
You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives.

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