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BSc (Hons) Business and Management with Leisure and Tourism course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested reading

Your class sessions are designed to trigger your learning by giving you the central structure and framework in each topic and driving your learning through direct reading that will then underpin class discussions. You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the Catalyst and University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in October.

In the meantime, these textbooks will be required reading to help you to prepare for your Year 1 modules and Year 2 Pathway in Leisure and Tourism Management:

  • Boddy, D. 2020, Management: using practice and theory to develop skill, 8th edn, Pearson, Harlow, England.
  • Page, S. & Connell, J. 2020, Tourism: a modern synthesis, 5th edn, Routledge, London.

Detailed and updated reading lists are issued out in the module handbooks, which are provided in the first session of each module. You can also search for these using the module code in Discover More, our library search facility, for examples, BUS1017, LTM2010, LTM2011, LTM3004, LTM3005, LTM3006.

You may also want to get a head start by reading up on general business, management, leisure, travel and tourism subjects and ensuring that you are aware of the current local, regional, national and world developments taking place.  Good quality daily newspapers business/leisure/tourism supplements, and magazines like Travel Weekly and Travel Trade Gazette are an ideal starting ground for this knowledge.


Useful websites


Do something innovative

Videos to get you thinking about pitches

Why not create a YouTube or similar recorded pitch as if you were on Dragon’s Den?


Things to do over summer

During such unprecedented times there are many opportunities to take advantage of live and current research, especially in the field of business and management. By having the opportunity to research during this time, you may be able to expand your knowledge which will prove crucial throughout your degree, and maybe even at points within your future career. Below are some quick activities that will help you feel more prepared for your next step into Higher Education.

What does the pandemic mean for business, leisure and tourism?

Covid-19 and tourism

Useful Podcasts (courtesy of Team Wanderlust 2021)


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.

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Find out more about who you are

The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

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