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Hospitality & Catering degrees | course guide

A Hospitality & Catering degree could take you all over the world – find out more about the subject to see if you’d like to study it at uni.

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CONTENTS

  1. What’s Hospitality & Catering?

  2. What Hospitality & Catering degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto a Hospitality & Catering degree?

  4. What topics does a Hospitality & Catering degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Hospitality & Catering?

  7. What do Hospitality & Catering graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as a Hospitality & Catering graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Hospitality & Catering

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Hospitality & Catering?

A degree in Hospitality & Catering will show you how to provide the best customer experiences in environments such as hotels, spas, cruises, airlines and resorts. You’ll gain extensive business, management and other associated skills needed for the fast-paced hospitality industry, where your work could take you all over the world.

What Hospitality & Catering degrees can you study?

Undergraduate Hospitality & Catering degrees on offer in the UK include:

  • Events Management BA
  • Hotel Management BA
  • International Hospitality Management BSc
  • Most options include a year abroad or an industry placement as part of the course
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  2. Find a Hospitality & Catering degrees
  3. Types of undergraduate degrees

What do you need to get onto a Hospitality & Catering degree?

Most undergraduate Hospitality & Catering courses ask for around 96–120 UCAS points. Not every university will base an offer on UCAS points, and some courses may have lower or higher requirements.

  • A Levels: BBB–CC
  • BTECs: DDM–MMM
  • Scottish Highers: BBBB–DD
  • IB: 30–27
  • Universities might ask you to have relevant work experience

Other good subjects to have studied include:

  • Business
  • Geography
  • Food science
  • Biology
  • Modern languages
  • Marketing

Experiences that would look good on your application:

  • Work experience in a hospitality environment, such as a restaurant 
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  2. Entry requirements
  3. About UCAS points
  4. Alternatives to A Levels

What topics will a Hospitality & Catering degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Customer experience
  • Food and beverage management
  • Hotel operations
  • People management
  • Leadership skills
  • Event marketing
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Restaurant operations
  • Global business

How will you be assessed?

Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:

  • Written and practical exams
  • Business reports
  • Case studies
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Group projects
  • Placement assessments

Why study Hospitality & Catering?

Courses are usually very vocational, where you have plenty of practical experiences that set you up with the skills needed for a career.

Career-specific skills:

  • People management
  • Marketing
  • Organising and evaluating events
  • Industry awareness
  • Compliance training
  • Financial analysis

Transferable skills:

  • Self-reflection
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Working under pressure
  • Customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural awareness

Professional accreditations:

  • Institute of Hospitality
  • Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME)

What do Hospitality & Catering graduates earn?

When starting as a Hospitality & Catering graduate, you can expect an entry-level salary of around £22,000.

The average salary for a hotel manager in the UK is around £31,000. Salaries can be higher than £50,000 for those in management positions in large and prestigious companies.

What jobs can you get as a Hospitality & Catering graduate?

Hospitality & Catering graduates work for UK and international hotels, leisure groups, restaurants, food businesses, event management companies and other hospitality organisations. Examples of roles that graduates go into:

  • Account manager
  • Event manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • General manager
  • Hotel property project manager
  • Revenue manager
  • Sales and marketing manager
  • Chef
  • Catering manager
  • Cellar technician
  • Business consultant
  • Marketer

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:

  • International Hotel Management MSc
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Transport PhD
  • Hotel and Food Services Management MSc
  • Tourism and Hospitality ResM 

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