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Tourism and Hospitality Management Foundation

A unique programme, designed in collaboration with the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality.

Sample pathways for the Foundation in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Kings

The course

The Tourism and Hospitality Management Foundation is a practical, one-year course which offers a direct pathway to undergraduate degree courses related to Hospitality and Tourism.

The course is taught by Kings in partnership with the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH), one of the world's leading professional bodies in the Tourism and Hospitality industry.

Find out more about the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality on the CTH website.

We offer a 3-term Standard study plan and an Accelerated 2-term version. The Accelerated study plan requires a higher level of English language. During the first term of the 3-term programme, students study for the CTH Certificate in English for Tourism and Hospitality Level 2 so while the main focus is on developing the students' language skills, this is done through Tourism-related case studies. 

Course structure and content

The Tourism and Hospitality Management Foundation is an intensive course which is available as a 3-term standard programme or as an accelerated 2-term programme. All students on the course complete the CTH Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality. In addition, students on the 3-term Foundation course also complete the CTH Certificate in English for Tourism and Hospitality Level 2.

The 3-term programme runs once a year, from September and students admitted on the Accelerated 2-term study plan join the 3-term students in January. 

The course provides a minimum of 500 hours of tuition over 2 terms and 650 hours of tuition over 3 terms. Students are expected to complete extensive private study. 

Term 1: CTH Certificate in English for Tourism and Hospitality Level 2

Students who complete the full 9-month course will begin their course by doing the CTH Certificate in English for Tourism and Hospitality Level 2 (from September to December) combined with additional lessons in IELTS preparation and study skills. The CTH Certificate in English for Tourism

and Hospitality is a language-based course focussing on English used in the Hospitality and Tourism sector. The course will prepare students either to work in the sector or progress to academic courses relating to hospitality and tourism. This qualification is designed to equip students with the language skills and vocabulary required in their professional careers and will bring their linguistic skills up to an Upper-Intermediate level. Although language-based, the course is practical in approach, with industry-related case-studies and exercises which allow students to gain insights into the industry. This will improve confidence when dealing with correspondence, customers, colleagues and external parties.

Terms 2 and 3: CTH Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality

In terms 2 and 3 (from January to June), all students will complete the CTH Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality supplemented by additional IELTS preparation and study skills sessions. This section of the course is taught at NVQ Level 3 (equivalent to A-level).

The CTH Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality consists of four academic modules. Each module requires a minimum of 120 study hours and also requires students to complete various assignments and presentations involving extensive private study and research.

CTH Modules:

Introduction to the Tourism Industry

This module deals with transportation, accommodation, attractions and events, destinations and tour operators, and travel agents.

Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

This module looks at food, accommodation, beverages, facilities, grading and classification systems and restaurants, bars, clubs and other outlets.

Introduction to Marketing for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

This module focusses on the marketing mix, statistics and data analysis, market and competitor analysis, marketing activities and macro and micro economic factors 

Introduction to Customer Service for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

This module deals with corporate philosophy and culture, customer care, expectations and feedback and customer relationships.

The academic content of each module will be underpinned by external visits and by lectures given by hospitality and tourism professionals.

Assessment and certificates

Assessment is integral to the course. Each module is assessed by a combination of written assignments (60% of marks) and class-room presentations (40% of marks).

After each assignment and presentation your teachers review your progress with you so that you learn your strengths and weaknesses and improve your performance in the next assignment. Assessment is moderated and marked by CTH.

All students completing the course will receive the Kings Foundation Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management and the CTH Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality.

In addition, students completing all 3 terms will receive the CTH Certificate in English for Hospitality and Tourism Level 2. Most students will also take the IELTS examination at the end of their course (if required for university admission).


This course is recognised by some of the most prestigious institutions in the hospitality sector and by universities who have been ranked top in the UK in the subject of Tourism and Hospitality.

Les Roches

Les Roches International School

Based in Switzerland, Les Roches is among the top 3 hospitality management schools in the world and provides Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate studies in the fields of hotel management, catering and the leisure business.
Visit the Les Roches website.


Glion Institute of Higher Education

Glion has been ranked number 2 among all international hospitality management schools for an international career. The school offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in Hospitality Management.
Visit the Glion website.


University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is ranked No.1 in the UK for Tourism and Hospitality by all major league tables and university guides for 2012 and No. 5 in the world. The University’s success is demonstrated through its top ranked publications and teaching, the high rate of employment for its graduates and the contribution it makes to good practice in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Visit the University of Surrey website.


Bournemouth University

The Tourism School at Bournemouth University is a UK leader in the field of tourism. The university offers a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in this exciting and growing area.
Visit the Bournemouth University website.

Degree subjects

Successful completion of the course allows students to progress to a range of undergraduate programmes including:

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hotel and Catering Management
  • International Hotel Management
  • Event Management
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Service Sector Enterprise
  • Hospitality and Food Management