Built on the principles of ‘real world learning’, this is the only hotel and hospitality management degree in the UK that is run in direct partnership with a five-star hotel, The Celtic Manor Resort. Our ground-breaking partnership with the Celtic Manor Resort and Welsh Rarebits aims to produce the next generation of hotel and hospitality managers.
Through a combination of classroom-based learning and practical experience, you’ll gain a detailed understanding of every aspect of the hotel business, as well as exposure to the workings of a five-star venue. You will have the opportunity to develop practical and professional skills from the ground up. This includes exposure to industry experts from all areas of the hotel and hospitality industry, through on-job training, interactive workshops and individual coaching sessions. This practical learning is underpinned by theory, so you will also learn about concepts of hospitality operations and management at USW Newport.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
The first year focuses on the fundamentals of hotel business, sustainable food and beverage management, and customer service and quality systems.
The second year will prepare you for managing the overall operations of a hospitality business eﬀectively. As well as spending a significant amount of time working in one of our partner hotels, your studies will cover room division management, revenue management and digital marketing for hotels.
During the third year, you will learn about sustainable hotel operations, managing diversity, and global trends. In addition to further work placement opportunities, you will have the option to pursue a live, consultancy project.
Please note that work-based learning modules will include some evening and weekend shifts.
In Year One you will study the following specified modules, alongside undertaking a work placement at the Celtic Manor.
In the second year, you will continue a work placement with The Celtic Manor, as well as undertaking a 10 week block placement with Welsh Rarebits. Other modules studied will include:
Year Three will allow you to specialise in a particular area/department as part of a 10 week placement at The Celtic Manor Resort. Other taught modules will include:
The hotel and hospitality management degree course includes a significant number of work-based learning modules, meaning students will be required to work evenings and weekends, as well as potentially staying away from home as part of the 10-week block placement. This may impact on students with disabilities and/or family commitments. Please contact course leader Guarav Chawla to discuss further.
Work based learning at the Celtic Manor Resort is an integral part of the Hotel and Hospitality Management course, and as such students are required to demonstrate competencies in the range of professional and operational areas required at a five star resort. The necessity to pass these core competencies, in addition to the academic requirements of the course has now been formalised as a core element of assessment for each level of study.
You will be given in-house training by the Celtic Manor Resort, reinforcing the standards and professional expectations of operating within a five star resort. This alongside a process of continuous monitoring, evaluation and feedback on progress will provide you with support in meeting these standards. It is on these professional and operational standards that students are assessed for their suitability to continue their work based learning at Celtic Manor Resort.
Assessment methods replicate activities required in the workplace. You will also be assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, group work, presentations and online applications. There is only one exam throughout the course, in the third year.
Gaurav Chawla, course leader
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here, together with relevant service sector work experience, may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our “international website”:international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit and equipment: Uniform *||£200||
Students will need to contribute £200 to the cost of their uniform that they will be wearing during their time at the Celtic Manor Resort. The uniform can be worn for all three years of the course, so the cost is a one-off payment.
|Travel costs *||£1200||
Students will be required to fund their own travel costs to and from their place of work, usually the Celtic Manor Resort. Second year students will also undertake a non-local work placement with Welsh Rarebits, and will be required to cover any travel costs arising as a result.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates can expect to enter employment or graduate training schemes within the industry. The hospitality and hotel sector operates all over the world, so you can go as far as your ambition and your talents will take you.
You’ll also graduate with key skills that employers in any sector will value, such as communication, reporting and presentations, as well as a significant amount of work experience on your CV.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.