BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) (Top Up)


Program Description

Course Overview

If you’ve already completed an HND in Business (or equivalent) this Top-Up will enable you to achieve a full undergraduate honours degree in business (tourism). Arden University’s online BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) (Top-Up) will help you develop a broad understanding of the management tools and theories essential to business success in the tourism industry.

Arden’s flexible study mode allows you to develop your business tourism skills around your existing commitments. This programme will equip you with the strategic and cultural knowledge needed to help you take the next step and provide you with an excellent grounding for your future career.

The full range of programmes offered by Arden features a strong focus on employability, practical skills, and career success. This programme has been developed with a particular focus on the development of tourism skills and knowledge to help you inspire and manage change within your organisation.

Course Modules

Level 6

Contemporary Management Issues
Using the most up-to-date thinking, this module probes the issues facing managers today, including sustainability, moral and ethical choices, and corporate values. You’ll reflect on the changing world, including globalisation, the communities we live in, and the ways our economic landscape is changing.

Strategic Management
Learn how to design the roadmap to take your business to success in this module, by applying a range of strategic theories and techniques. You’ll look at mergers and acquisitions, working with partners, national and international planning, and the ways organisations deliver their plans by effectively managing change.

Managing Self and Others
This module continues the theme of supporting and developing yourself and others. Learn stress management techniques, positive thinking, and assertive development, alongside tools for creativity and decision-making. You’ll scrutinise everything from recruitment to team management.

International Destination Management
You’ll learn how to make a destination competitive through branding, marketing, and strategy. This module will help you to manage a crisis, understand trends and the tourism life cycle.

Research Methods and Dissertation
With your supervising tutor, you will determine an interdisciplinary area related to your degree to research, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of the programme that has most interested you.

Industry Partnerships

When you enrol in the BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) (Top-Up) course, you will have the option to participate in the following business skill development programmes:


Cisco Networking Academy
Get a real world grounding in today’s most valuable technical skills. Use real equipment, software, and simulators to gain technical knowledge in at least 1 or 2 high demand job areas.


Salesforce Trailheads
There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

How does it work?
Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

What Our Students Say:


"I would definitely recommend Arden because you learn to research and solve problems on your own, and you have a backup with the tutors if needed."

Marcel Wahrhaftig,
BA (Hons) Business (CMI)


"I am now able to run my business in a proper way, following my checklist as a guideline and making sure that I meet my set goals. All these things I learned with Arden University."

Pauline Banda
BA (Hons) Business (Tourism) (CMI)
United Kingdom


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • An HND in Business or equivalent provided that your prior learning is consistent with Level 5 of the functional areas of business (finance, HRM, marketing, operations management)
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).
If You Have Work Experience

We positively encourage and consider applications from those able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your personal statement, along with your CV and references in support of your application.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journ ... Read More

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journey into higher education, Arden has the tools and the passion to help provide you with a truly engaging and beneficial learning experience. Read less