Bachelor of Arts Honours in Tourism

Programme description

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and is increasingly important to the global economy. This degree focuses on tourism as one of South Africa's most exciting and largest industries. The purpose of this qualification is to provide students with comprehensive and in-depth knowledge base; as well as theory and methodology of tourism management that enables them to demonstrate initiative and responsibility in an academic and professional context. It also develops the ability of the student to question, analyse and interpret tourism development issues within a global context. Students will be encouraged to develop well-researched, logical and integrated solutions to multifaceted problems in uncertain and dynamic tourism business contexts. The students will be provided with knowledge about the tourism industry, both locally and internationally, and the diverse range of businesses that operate within tourism, including hospitality, travel tours, attractions, heritage, accommodation, etc. The programme covers areas such as Research Methodology, Tourism and the environment, Sustainable tourism, Tourism destination development, Ecotourism, Tourism policy and planning, Community Tourism and Tourism impacts, trends and activities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an Honours degree in Tourism are able to work and contribute to many varied facets of the job market in various areas of tourism. The graduates could work as:
  • Tourism Consultant
  • Tourism Business Development Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Tourism Project Coordinator
  • Tourism Retail Manager
  • Corporate Travel Manager
  • Group Sales Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Front-line Customer Services
  • Passenger Handling
  • MICE Specialist

Admission Requirements:

The minimum admission requirements for the BA Honours in Tourism are a Bachelor of Arts or other first degree at exit level 7, with Tourism as a major subject and a 60% or above average for tourism modules in the final year. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirement of 60% will be considered upon the motivation to the Faculty Board and the Higher Degrees Committee of the university, and subsequent approval by all approved University structures.
Baccalaureus degree, Advanced Diploma or BTech and have appropriate knowledge of Tourism and Hospitality or appropriate subject knowledge on NQF Level: 7 are considered. Applicants with any other Hospitality or Food and Beverage Operations related qualification (at NQF Level: 7), based on all final year modules will also be considered. A potential student must have an average mark of 60% in the final year of a Baccalaureus degree or an average of 60% for all the modules of their Advanced Diploma (or BTech qualification). Final selection requirements, based on academic performance, will from time to time be set by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Selection of a limited number of candidates to enrol in the programme: A School admission committee will assess eligibility of all applicants. Applicants who exceed the minimum entrance requirements will be made an immediate offer. Applicants who just meet or who just fail to meet the minimum entrance requirements will be placed on a waiting list, which will be reviewed once a month. Applicants who just fail to meet the minimum entrance requirements but whose application indicates working experience will be considered for RPL.

Curriculum Structure:

Modules name Code Credits semester Co-requisite Pre-requisite
Compulsory/ elective modules
Research Report TOR401 30 Y1 None None Compulsory
Research Methodology TOR402 15 S1 None None Compulsory
Tourism and the environment TOR403 15 S1 None None Compulsory
Sustainable tourism TOR404 15 S1 None None Compulsory
Tourism destination development TOR405 15 S2 None None Compulsory
Total credits for compulsory modules 90
Students choose two electives from those available below  
Ecotourism TOR406 15 S2 None None elective
Tourism policy and planning TOR407 15 S2 None None elective
Community Tourism TOR408 15 S2 None None elective
Tourism impacts, trends and activities TOR409 15 S2 None None elective
Total credits   120