Bachelor of Arts (Tourism)

Programme overview:

Bachelor of Arts (Tourism) next start date Next start date: 21 February 2022
9 May 2022
8 August 2022
17 October 2022
Bachelor of Arts (Tourism) duration Duration:
Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 5 years
Bachelor of Arts (Tourism) support Support: Fully supported

Programme details:

NQF Level 7 | Humanities and Arts | Degree

More information:

Entry requirements
You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry;
• If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAf).
• You should have successfully completed the relevant Eduvos or any other approved foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.
• You should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification.
• You need 25 or more Eduvos points.
Price: From R60 000 per year (based on full settlement payment option) - excluding hardware/software requirements. Please consult the fee structure for additional information.
Programme accreditation
• Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
• Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Possible career options
This general studies degree is very broad, and it prepares you for many different careers and jobs, including:

• Conference centre manager
• Customer service manager
• Event manager
• Marketing executive
• Sales executive
• Outdoor activities/education manager
• Air cabin crew
• Holiday representative
• Hotel manager
• Tour manager
• Tourism officer
• Tourist information centre  manager
• Travel agency manager
• Spa manager
• Tour operator
• Sommelier (a wine Sommelier is an expert in wines)
• Leisure Activity Co-ordinator
• Public relation manager
• Entrepreneur
This qualification is offered at the following campuses
Cape Town - Claremont, Cape Town - Tyger Valley, Midrand, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Nelson Mandela Bay
Qualification structure
Year 1
• Introduction to Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
• Tourism Environment 
• Introduction to Critical Reasoning 
• Law for Tourism 
• Tourism Geography 
• Business English 

Choose a minimum of 46 credits from the list below, one of which must include a major which will be carried over to 2nd year and 3rd year.

• Ecotourism
• Political Science 1A
• Political Science 1B
• Communication Science 1A
• Communication Science 1B
• Public Relations 1A
• Public Relations 1B
• Tourism and Media
Year 2
• Tourism: Planning and Development
• Tourism: Festivals and Events 
• Tourism and Society
• Entrepreneurship for Tourism 
• Research Methodology 

Choose a minimum of 55 credits from the list below, one of which must include a major which will be carried over onto third year.

• Heritage Tourism
• Tourism Crisis Management
• isiZulu
• Sesotho

Students only choose 1 of these 2 groups as part of their electives:
• Political Science 2A
• Political Science 2B
• Communication Science 2A
• Communication Science 2B
• Public Relations 2A
• Public Relations 2B
Year 3
• Special Interest Tourism 
• Hospitality in Tourism 
• Work Integrated Learning 
• Airfare and Ticketing 
• Global Distribution System 
• Research Project 

Choose a minimum of 30 credits from the list below, one of which must include a major chosen from first and second year.

• Political Science 3A
• Political Science 3B
• Communication Science 3A
• Communication Science 3B
• Public Relations 3A
• Public Relations 3B