Manchester Metropolitan University

Events, Hospitality and Tourism degrees with a foundation year

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Foundation Years are designed to make undergraduate degrees more accessible to those who are under-represented in higher education, for example, those with non-traditional qualifications.
  • Has content that is tailored so that it is appropriate to your chosen degree.
  • Helps you to develop the study skills and academic knowledge you will need to start Year 1 of your course with confidence.

Placement options

These degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant industry.

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will also study topics in the tourism, hospitality and events industries, along with marketing and advertising.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study.

You will study the following units:

  • Services in Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Business Intelligence
  • English for Academic Study (international students only)

International students who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.

Please note that English for Academic Study, is only applicable to International students taking the Foundation Year.

Core Units
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help you to develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career.  During this unit, you will cover core themes such as: academic skills, such as HE terminology, assessment formal processes/mechanisms, critical thinking and logical analysis, developing an academic argument, presenting evidence, oral presentations, exam techniques and strategies, independent learning, reading techniques, note taking, learning styles. You will also cover core study skills including: time management and working in teams. Employability skills such as commercial awareness and research skills, personal development planning, self-evaluation/reflection, action planning, target setting and skill acquisition and development will be core themes. General writing skills: Punctuation & sentence structure, report writing, Referencing methods, critical writing, HE academic standard conventions, academic writing styles & their typical features, effective communication - being succinct and concise. Planning for assessed work: purpose, audience, structure, coherence and logical order of information. Research skills: Research principles, conducting research, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data, and report writing.

Business Intelligence

The aim of the unit is to provide a foundation for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of real-life business data and equip you with a structured approach in using data to identify key business performance metrics and arising issues. You will explore how data is used by businesses, different types of data, statistics, and techniques used to handle, display and interpret data. 

English for Academic Study (for International Students only)

International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English for Academic Study unit – which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

Introduction to Business

This unit facilitates and supports your learning in the area of business. A broad range of topics associated to the internal and external business environments are covered that encompasses theory and its practical application. The unit starts by discussing the development of business in a modern context. Next the 'individual' is focused upon where motivational, role and leadership theory are given context. The unit will then examine both the internal and external business environments. In doing so the unit focuses on organisations, entrepreneurship and the use of SWOT analysis. The external environment will encompass the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal issues that modern businesses face. Later, the unit will look at ‘competition of market' and differing types of markets. This will be followed by Marketing and Human Resource management foundational principles.

Services in Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management

The unit will introduce you to the thriving sectors of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. You will focus on the industry structure, dynamics and the consumer experience of each of these sectors and explore the linkages between them.This will include an examination of the demand perspective and more specifically the consumer experience.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, online material and self study time.

Assessment is normally through a combination of formal examinations taken in the Summer term and coursework completed during the Autumn and Spring terms.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

72 - 80

A minimum of 72 - 80 Tariff Points from A level grades DDD - CDD or acceptable alternatives (such as level 3 BTEC  Extended Diploma MMP or BTEC Diploma DM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D or grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

74 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

On successful completion of your foundation year, you can progress onto our BA (Hons) degrees in either tourism management, hospitality business management, or events management.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications should be made through UCAS

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

Undergraduate Study