Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Top Up)

University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

With origins dating back to 1897, the University of the West of Scotland, is one of Scotland’s most innovative modern universities; with 5 campuses in Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries, Ayr, and London respectively.

Credentials of the University of the West of Scotland

  • UWS is ranked by Times Higher Education in 2018 World University Rankings as the top 3% of universities worldwide, and in the top 200 of Young University World Rankings.
  • The Times/ The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 has ranked UWS as a top 100 UK university and the highest in Scotland for both teaching quality and student experience in: Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Education; Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.
  • 94% of UWS graduates are working or pursuing further studies, 6 months after graduating (Higher Education Statistics Agency; HESA Performance Indicator 2015/ 16).


Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Top-Up)

This programme is validated and conducted at the YMCA Education Centre, Singapore; using the same model as University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow. Graduates are awarded the same degree as the course conducted in Scotland.

The hospitality and tourism industry has tremendous opportunities for ambitious students to secure a chance to join a rapidly growing industry. Tourism plays an essential part of the global economy. Graduates with a highly service-oriented degree are in high demand as the acquired skills are transferrable and increasingly important in the global markets. They are all set to have an immediate advantage over others who do not have such knowledge and skills.

Course Objectives

  1. To enhance graduates with the knowledge and understanding of key industry trends and best practices, for a successful career in management positions of the tourism and hospitality sectors.
  2. To instil in graduates, the knowledge and skills of a range of generic, transferable attributes, enabling them to communicate effectively, work individually and in teams, in managing the organisation strategically, be innovative and adaptable to change, manage performance and rewards, contribute and respond effectively to the demands of organisations.
  3. To develop students with knowledge and a range of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills that encapsulate the requirements of the 21st Century in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Award of BA in Tourism Management

The University of the West of Scotland awards the Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management to students who have successfully passed the assessment requirements of all the course modules; in accordance with the University’s academic and examination procedures and policies.

Course Duration

Full-Time/ Part-Time 12 months

Course Structure

This course consists of seven modules:

1. Business, Events and Tourism

  • This module examines the nature and extent of the business tourism industry in a Regional, National and Global context. 
  • The module examines current practice and trends in positioning destinations for business tourism activities with a specific focus on the meetings and convention industry; it then explores a range of business tourism events, in particular, incentive travel, corporate hospitality events, trade shows and exhibitions.

2. Marketing Experiences

  • This module focuses on exploring and analysing the marketing of experiences as opposed to products/ services.
  • This will include adopting a critical approach to exploring the definition and operation of experience marketing; investigating the notion of ‘experiences as theatre’ (including emotional and aesthetic labour); considering emotionality in marketing and reflecting, assessing and evaluating the experience of ‘experiences’.

3. Tourism, Transport and Mobility

  • This module will provide an understanding of the complexity and integrative nature of transport and travel policies, whilst also developing a range of employability skills such as team working, data mining and analysis.
  • The topic of travel and transport development is very much at the fore of global political debate, intensified by the alarming growth in international travel and the problems and issues associated with this growth.

4. Researching Marketing, Tourism and Events

  • This module enables students to understand the role and value of research methods in the marketing, events and tourism sectors. Students will be exposed to the full research process from philosophy and strategy to a range of research methods and key issues relating to the management and ethical conduct of research.

5. Tourism and Sustainability

  • This module introduces the concept of sustainability and sustainable development in the context of tourism and examines how they are important for both emerging and established destinations.
  • Students will critically evaluate a destination in references to the triple bottom-line principle of sustainability. The module provides students to develop awareness of tourism’s responsibility towards society with references to international destinations.

6. Tourism and Events Service Learning

  • Learning through Tourism and Events operations takes place in a range of tourism and events service operations from volunteer-managed visitor attractions to community festivals and the experience will be subject to a planned agreement between the university and the employer and will be managed by a supervisor in the events or tourism work environment.

7. Managing People in Events and Tourism

  • The event and tourism working environment: Analysis of the people factor in service, product and project development and evaluation of operational needs regarding human resources in Events and Tourism.

Entry Requirements

  • 18 years and above
  • YMCA Advanced Diploma; or
  • Advanced Diploma from PEIs with 4-year Edutrust certification; or
  • Polytechnic Diploma; or
  • Equivalent Academic Qualifications from a recognised learning institution for international students; or
  • BTEC Level 5 HND.

Other qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, if English is not the language of study.

Final acceptance will be determined by the University of the West of Scotland.


BA in Tourism Management



January, June, September


January, June, September


Fee Structure



(12 months)

Amount (S$)


(12 months)

Amount (S$)


Application Fee



Non-refundable and non-transferrable
Course Fee



Administrative Fee



Fee Protection Scheme



Total (Inclusive GST)



*Only available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Miscellaneous Fees (Where applicable)


Full Time

(12 months)

Amount (S$)

Part Time*

(12 months)

Amount (S$)


International Students’ Pass Application

90.00/ 30.00


Payable to ICA
Medical Examination



For application of Student Pass Card
Medical Insurance



Optional for Singapore citizens/ Permanent residents
Renewal of Student Pass



Re-Examination Fee (Per module)



Course Deferment Fee



Re-module Fee (Per module)



Bank Charges for TT

20.00 to 30.00

20.00 to 30.00

Determined and deducted by bank

*Only available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.

All prices quoted are in Singapore dollars and inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7%.



  1. Student who wish to withdraw from the course must submit written notice to YMCA Education Centre 7 working days prior.
  2. In the case of any withdrawal, the Education Centre administrative staff will speak to the Student to understand the reasons for withdrawal and where appropriate to offer alternative courses to the Student. Final decision rest on the Student to complete the course or withdraw from the course.
  3. International Student’s FPS will be cancelled within 3 working days and STP within 7 working days.
  4. Refund due to the student is based on the Refund table herewith.

Refund for Withdrawal Due to Non-Delivery of Course:

YMCA Education Centre (YEC) will notify the Student within 3 working days upon knowledge of any of the following:

(i)        YEC does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;

(ii)       YEC terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date;

(iii)      YEC does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;

(iv)     YEC terminates the Course before the Course Completion Date;

(v)      YEC has not ensured that the Student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organisation within any stipulated timeline set by CPE.

The Student will be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any), and also be entitled to a refund of the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid should the Student decide to withdraw, within 7 working days of the above notice.

Refund for Withdrawal Due to Other Reasons:

If the Student withdraws from the Course for any other reasons, YEC will, within 7 working days of receiving the Student’s written notice of withdrawal, refund to the Student an amount based on the refund table herewith.

Refund During Cooling-Off Period:

YEC will provide the Student with a cooling-off period of 7 working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties.

The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in the refund table) of the fees already paid if the Student submits a written notice of withdrawal to YEC within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not.

 Refund Table:

% of total course fee paid If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received:


more than 60 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 60 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 30 days before the course commencement date


before, but not more than 7 days before the course commencement date


On or after Course Commencement Date

You will need to write to YEC to cancel the Agreement within the Cooling-off Period. All refunds will be made payable to the party who made the payments in the first instance and within 7 working days after receiving the refund request.

Deferment / Re-examination / Re-module

In the event of a plan for Deferment or Re-examination or Re-module of the course, a written notice with full explanation of the circumstances must be submitted by the student to YEC within 7 working days. Please refer to cost implication in the fees table.

Transfer of courses

Transfer of courses indicated below are NOT applicable:

  • Certificate in Business
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
  • Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business (Top-up) by UWS
  • Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Top-up) by UWS
  • Master of Science in International Management by UWS

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