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Course Handbooks

Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Postgraduate Diploma Responsible Tourism Management, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Postgraduate Diploma Responsible Tourism Management
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Welcome to the Course

Dr Davina Stanford

Welcome to the Responsible Tourism Management course. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here.

All of us in the Responsible Tourism team are looking forward to meeting you and working with you over the next year, and we hope that your time on the course is both enjoyable and successful.

We have developed a full and exciting programme of teaching and learning opportunities for you over the next year which includes guest speakers, fieldtrips and applied learning opportunities, all of this which will help you to prepare for your future career. There will also be opportunities for you to meet the wider Responsible Tourism network and I hope that you will be able to take full advantage of this so that you can develop and strengthen your network in this field.

This is a year unlike any other as we face the consequences and disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. Things are still changing almost on a daily basis and the impact of the virus on tourism will not be fully known for some time. Your RTM team are closely monitoring the situation and where appropriate modules have been updated to reflect the situation. We will also use our weekly module updates to bring you the latest thinking.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Dr Davina Stanford

Course Director, PG Diploma Responsible Tourism Management

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Our School’s mission is to inspire and educate the events, tourism and hospitality leaders of tomorrow so that they can make a positive difference in the world. This guides what we do: from what we teach to how we teach; from the topics we think we should research; to how we share the results of our endeavours. In trying to live up to our aspiration, we encourage critical thinking and a spirit of questioning among students and staff, and promote stakeholder engagement with those who share our ambitions to improve the world through events, tourism and hospitality education and research.

We claim a degree of success in achieving our ambitions. We have a good track record of students, staff and alumni winning national and international awards. During the past academic year, for example, one of our students became the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) national Student of the Year and gained the accolade of being nominated ‘One to Watch’ at the Everywoman in Travel Awards. Another won the prestigious Best Postgraduate Student award from one of our subject associations and others were recognised by Meetings Professionals International when they reached the finals of a major competition. A team of staff had their work in the Gambia celebrated via the Association for Tourism Education Award for Innovation and Lisa Gorton (Course Director for International Tourism Management) was hailed as our university’s Course Director of the Year. Finally, alumni from our events management programmes were names in the US Top 10 Women in Events and another was named as one of the brightest prospects under 30 by the Caterer’s Acorn Awards.

My colleagues and I look forward to helping you gain the skills and knowledge associated with developing a career in your chosen field. You are joining an award-winning School; one that has been deemed a Centre of Excellence by two national industry bodies.

Our intention is to provide you with a top-class education that will enable you to join the labour market and prosper or to go on to further study at the highest levels. You, of course, need to play your part. We have high expectations of you; use your time wisely and you will benefit enormously. Make great new friends, learn a lot, and grow as a person. I am also hoping that you will become a proud member of our alumni network so that we continue to collaborate long after you started your education with us.

In the meantime, enjoy your studies!

Professor Rhodri Thomas

Professor Rhodri Thomas, Dean of School

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


As you are studying by distance learning, you are less likely to be affected from the significant changes in delivery for face-to-face students arising from the University’s overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as you are part of the University’s academic and student communities, this web page provides general context and one or two areas of specific interest.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment for students and staff.  We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. The University has identified an appropriate mix of blended learning for face to face delivery. Your distance learning course will be completely online, so there will be no change for you in this respect.  

How we will communicate with you

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve and is available on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

Your distance learning course will be delivered completely online, which means you will be accessing your course from a location that is suitable for you, and subject to local measures in place.. 
Information on how teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below.

The course will be delivered 100% online, and it is assumed you have the digital equipment appropriate for your studies.  

Depending on how and where you access your online distance learning course you will need to follow any specific local or national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 risks.

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. As you are studying 100% online, any social distancing measures for your studies will be local to you. 

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this online distance learning course in 2020/21, as in previous years, have been developed by course teams with specialist online course designers. Your course will be delivered online. Our academic and service staff are being supported to work from their homes, if necessary. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

As a distance learning student, you will access support online. Full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. 
Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services. As a distance learning student, your resources are all available digitally, but you can discuss with the Offsite Library Service, or your Academic Librarian, any further needs. 

Even though you are a distance learning students, you still may access the University’s library in person. However, in response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21. If you have been using a library local to where you live, then any visiting arrangements are entirely at their discretion.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Jane Turner

0113 812 3370

You will be allocated your Academic Advisor during induction week.

Julie Nunns

0113 812 9289

Macaulay Hall G02, Headingley Campus

You will be able to find your Course Representative using the 'Find My Course Rep' tool on the Students' Union website.

School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management Library Team

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. Please monitor MyBeckett and your student e-mail address for announcements.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We have a closed Facebook group for our face to face and distance learning students, our alumni and our staff team

Emails and other information is also sent out via our Course Resources module in MyBeckett.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page. Although your course does not require attendance in a physical classroom, and a number of the sessions may be pre-recorded allowing you to study at times that suit you, you are advised to follow the structure of sessions, often denoted as teaching weeks, outlined in this course handbook. Many of these sessions may be pre-recorded, but there will also be scheduled and timetabled activities. You will be given details of assessment dates and the structure of learning activities during induction via the Virtual Learning Environment where you will encounter the course. Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:

1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

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Course Overview

The aim of the course is to develop individuals' knowledge and expertise in the field of responsible tourism management. Graduates of the course have the skills and knowledge required to make positive change in the field of responsible tourism. The course has a strong identity thanks to its links with those working in relevant professional areas, for instance the high profile activities of key people associated with it. Members of the team are active in research and consultancy in the field and advancement of responsible tourism.

The identity and reputation of the course is further strengthened by our active and engaged alumni network many of whom are working directly in the implementation of responsible tourism (for example many have set up their own responsible tourism consultancy companies or now work in roles as sustainability officers for their organisations). Students have access to an impressive professional and social network and access to an extensive range of people through our alumni network who can provide both career advice and other opportunities. Further careers advice and employment opportunities are made available through our Responsible Tourism Management Facebook page which has a members only on-line networking facility where current students, staff and Alumni all around the world can seek advice and post current job opportunities, as well as providing links to a range of websites and organisations that recruit people in areas related to responsible tourism. We find that many of our students find employment, consultancy work opportunities and continuing professional support through their involvement in the alumni network.

Graduates of the programme will be equipped to work with and within a diverse range of organisations involved in responsible tourism in both developing and developed countries. Career opportunities will be available with organisations involved with the development and promotion of international tourism in the traditional sense, as well as fulfilling the growing market for senior and middle managers who understand sustainable and responsible development. These include government and inter- governmental agencies, national, regional and local tourist organisations, cultural and natural heritage attractions, international tourism bodies and associations, as well as with private sector employers (inbound and outbound tour operators, transport operators, and travel distribution intermediaries). It is expected that graduates will be able to progress to middle and senior management positions, with the speed of progression being based on their holistic profile.

Graduates of this programme will also be well equipped to pursue a higher degree through research, in particular an MPhil or PhD, enabling them to either develop a career within academia or use their specialist subject expertise to seek a senior position with a public or private sector employer.

Through a programme of taught modules, together with the practical application of acquired skills and knowledge to assignments and a professional research project, students are able to focus their learning in an appropriate way to facilitate their future career development. In addition to subject knowledge and understanding, students will also develop management skills appropriate for careers in corporate social responsibility and in community based tourism, tourism in protected areas and heritage attractions.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate, apply and synthesise relevant concepts, theories and models of responsible and sustainable tourism and apply them to the management of resources and businesses.
2. Evaluate the management of responsible tourism in an applied way in a range of complex destination and business contexts.
3. Analyse a situation and plan a creative and innovative process of change through engaging with a range of stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable development objectives through tourism.
4. Adopt an autonomous approach to their own learning and continuing professional development.
5. Analyse and critically understand the complex strategic issues and management choices faced in introducing responsible tourism practices.

At Level 7 the Level Learning Outcomes are the same as the Course Learning outcomes.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course students will be assessed by coursework predominantly with some practical assessments.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.11 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The following learning and teaching activities will be used across the modules.

  • Students have the opportunity to attend face-to-face networking events and guest lectures organized by the course team on an ad hoc basis, subject to coronavirus restrictions.
  • Students will be expected to contribute to online discussions and to have done some preparatory reading.
  • Students will organise and conduct field data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Students will work independently to research the relevant literature using electronic databases and search engines.
  • Students will complete directed activities/formative assessments, providing opportunities for feedback.
  • Students will engage in practical tasks associated with real-life businesses, for example developing an environmental management system for a tourism enterprise.

The content of the online modules is written by Leeds Beckett staff and is tailor-made for the course in an accessible writing style, providing self-directed tasks, recorded presentations and sign-posting students to a range of websites and readings that are all provided via the VLE. The online modules are supported with clear instructions outlining learning outcomes and assessment requirements. The readings are a mix of academic journals, book chapters and government and industry reports and all the recommended and optional readings are available to students via the VLE. Where relevant, the recorded lecture presentations will be supported by video content, such as TED talks, films, documentaries and YouTube clips. This supplementary material is provided by the course

As a Distance Learner, all your studying is online, and your home (or work) environment and your computer is where you learn and where you meet other people in your learning community. But your classroom is your home as well as your computer. So, it is a good idea if to set aside time and demarcate your study space, so that everyone in your household knows when you are busy. A typical module offers a lot of flexibility as to when you study, but is designed to follow a defined structure of lecture presentations, activities and community discussions broken down into topics and teaching weeks. Keeping on track with this, and engaging with your module tutors and fellow students, will help you get the best out of the course. Tutors will be in regular touch with you: there will be many ways to communicate with your module tutors and fellow students, for example on the virtual learning environment and Ms Teams.

To get a full flavour of how a module will look, we strongly recommend you visit and explore our Induction for Distance Learners web pages.

You should do some essential housekeeping. You should check you have suitable equipment and broadband (at least 2Mbps). Details can be found in the ‘Preparing for Your Course’ section of our ‘Induction for Distance Learning’ web pages, or directly on our Technical Requirements web page. This gives minimum and recommended specifications, how to check your internet speed (as our servers are UK based), the MyBeckett mobile app and other useful information, as well as access to technical support. We strongly suggest you ensure your equipment covers the recommended requirements.

Level 7 Core Modules (for FT distance learning students)

Local Economic Development and Poverty Reduction

Marketing Responsible Tourism

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Communities, Culture and Heritage

Ethical Tourism Business Management

Destination Management: Roles and Responsibilities

Level 7 Core Modules (for PT distance learning students)

Responsible Tourism Theory & Practice

Level 7 Option Modules (for PT distance learning students)

The following option modules are indicative of a typical delivery year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules:

Local Economic Development and Poverty Reduction

Marketing Responsible Tourism

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Communities, Culture and Heritage

Ethical Tourism Business Management

Destination Management: Roles and Responsibilities

Overall Workload for the Course

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

216 hours

Independent Study

984 hours


0 hours

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to complete and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions outlined as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your online learning activities, study activities, tutorials, seminars, discussions and other activities is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement, participation and presence on the course as these and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement, participation and presence we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any reports covering engagement, participation and presence can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your engagement record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

DL courses are designed to be flexible but there may be circumstances where your studies might be interrupted which stop you from studying (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

As you are completing your studies by distance learning overseas, immigration permission to study is not required and Student visa reporting to UKVI is not relevant. However, there may be times when you may need to travel to the university for a short visit or study block to assist with your studies. Please email the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance Team ( who can provide information and advice for short term visa requirements.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website or email the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance Team on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)

UNWTO (TedQual)

The School of Events Tourism and Hospitality Management is recognised as a centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT). Recognition signifies that the School is a leading provider of tourism education, research, consultancy and publications. To celebrate student achievement, the ITT awards an annual Student of the Year. Students can access student membership of the ITT.

UNWTO TedQual certification ensures that this course meets international quality standards for tourism education, training and research and is relevant to the needs of the tourism sector.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

Skills development is increasingly recognised as making a significant contribution to your career. As you study you will develop specific skills relating to research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation, report writing and independent learning.

The aim of the course is to develop your knowledge and expertise in the field of responsible tourism management. Graduates of the course have the skills and knowledge required to make positive change in the field of responsible tourism.

Many assignments take the form of reports designed to practise a range of applied skills, such as an evaluation or management plan. An example would be the preparation of a report evaluating the management of tourism in a specific protected area. Essays are also included to ensure that you develop the skills needed to write a sustained piece of logically constructed discursive work, for example an essay on a specific socio-anthropological concept as it relates to tourism.

A particular value-added element of the course is the networking opportunities offered through seminars, field trips, online discussion groups and other formal and informal ways of meeting to exchange ideas and build on each other’s skills and enthusiasm.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

The increasing professionalisation of the tourism industry means that continuing professional development is essential if people are to advance in their careers, and many students undertake the course for this reason. Furthermore, the specific fields of sustainable or responsible tourism and associated niche sectors such as ecotourism are expanding and diversifying, and people are seeking the knowledge they need to act decisively and effectively in these fields.

Typical career paths for graduates from our programme are:

  • Promotion to a more senior role within their current organisation, often with specific responsibility for introducing or enhancing responsible tourism measures to the existing portfolio of accommodation or tour provision.
  • Internship as a junior member of a consultancy team, followed by independent working as a consultant.
  • A move from a junior role within the private sector to an advisory or middle- management role within the public or third sector.
  • Ability to undertake consultancy in responsible tourism at a more senior level, including as team leader.

A particular value-added element of the course is the networking opportunities offered through seminars, field trips, online discussion groups and other formal and informal ways of meeting to exchange ideas and build on each other’s skills and enthusiasm. These opportunities often result in employment by established professionals who have graduated from the course of more recent graduates. In addition, some alumni move ahead to forge a career in a particular sector, for example responsible skiing, community-based tourism for First Nation peoples, or marine tourism.

Across the staff team we are engaged with The Tourism Management Institute, The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), ICOMOS, UNWTO TedQual, ABTA, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, the International Sociological Association, The Royal Geographical Society and ATLAS.

Learning Support

One of our members of academic staff you will hear a lot from is your Online Learning Tutor (OLT). The OLT is an academic member of the course team, focused on supporting online students, who will be with you throughout the distance learning course. The OLT will help you with academic skills and advice, help resolve technical issues, arrange community events, signpost you to useful resources, help you with technical issues if appropriate and be in touch with you regularly to support your engagement with the course.

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services. Your DL course will use content that is available digitally whether journal articles or e-books, other than in very exceptional circumstances.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

There may be occasions when you wish to access physical book or journal resources or use other University libraries. In all respects you have the same rights as other students. However, as the situation is affected by Covid19 and is under review, you should contact our Offsite Library Service set up for distance learners and for students not based on campus.


As a distance learner, you have the same right to use the University’s campus facilities as other students if you wish to. Attendance at campus is limited by Covid19, but should you be on campus, and wish to use Wi-Fi , Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:

1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


The MyBeckett portal is the Virtual Learning Environment and the gateway to engaging with the course, the university as a whole, the support services we offer, your tutors and other students in your learning community. To get a full flavour and useful links, do visit the Induction for Distance Learners pages on our website.

To summarise, MyBeckett will provide access to:
• your module content including topic by topic activities over the semester, and lists of required and recommended reading
• your student community and the means to collaborate and engage with them
• library resources and people to help you
• academic and personal support (Support Tab) and student advice
• your student email account which we strongly recommend you use, as we will use it to communicate with you
• your personal storage area on University IT servers

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

Students are supported by a wide range of staff whilst on the course. The core course team comprises 8 academics with experience from across the tourism, hospitality, leisure, development, cultural and natural resource management sectors, with a total of over 60 years’ experience of supporting students in tourism-related courses.

Students will have the opportunity to be allocated an industry mentor. Industry mentors will be allocated who have similar interests to the student. All our mentors have previously taken the course and can provide guidance on assignments, work / life balance and career planning. Distance learning students are prioritised for the allocation of mentors.

The course team works hard to create a sense of community amongst and between distance learning students by arranging meetings and seminars in different parts of the UK (and different parts of the world where possible). Students are encouraged to sign up to Linked-In and Facebook, where discussions on responsible tourism and further job offers are posted by the course team, current students and alumni.

In terms of pastoral support, each student will quickly be aware of and come into contact with his/her course director, module leaders and academic advisor. The independent and autonomous learning required from postgraduate study - especially on the distance learning courses provided by this programme - can feel isolating, and individual students at postgraduate level may lack confidence in their academic work. In addition, it may be some years since a postgraduate student has been engaged in University level study and they may feel anxious about restarting learning and unsure of the academic expectations. Each student is therefore allocated an academic advisor, who will provide pastoral support as far as possible and, in cases where the Tutor is also a Module Leader and / or Masters Research Project supervisor, academic support. Where appropriate the academic advisor will signpost students to additional support (e.g. Counselling services, Disability support services, Academic Librarian, Careers staff).

Students are further supported by Academic Librarians who are responsible for the identification and selection of materials to support courses and research in their subject area and work closely with faculty colleagues to develop Academic Librarian Annual Reports which highlight strengths, weaknesses and priorities for our subject area.

The Library purchases a range of quality electronic and print resources to support the curriculum, in addition to guiding users to high quality free content, for example journals published on an open access basis. Information and learning resources are acquired in electronic format in preference to print, wherever possible, enabling simultaneous multi-user access 24/7 from both on and off campus.

Responsible Tourism Management students also have access to the UNWTO e-library.

Skills for Learning provides online resources, services and publications to enable students to develop their academic skills. Skills for Learning was established within LLI to support the transition to higher education, raise student achievement, improve retention, and help to attract new students. It actively promotes the graduate attributes of digital literacy, enterprise skills, and a global outlook.

The Skills for Learning website offers a wide range of generic learning and teaching resources on topics which include: academic writing, group skills, research, maths, critical awareness and reflective skills. Students can use the website independently; academic staff also use it in teaching sessions and VLE modules. All the website resources have been produced by Leeds Beckett University.

Skills for Learning also provides workshops, customised classes, and group and one-to-one tutorial support in academic communication, maths and IT. In addition, Skills for Learning publishes a series of student guides on essential academic skills and regular podcasts on key topics.

In addition to the above, ‘Services for Students’ provide a range of university- wide services to support students.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Postgraduate Diploma Responsible Tourism Management

Post Graduate Certificate Responsible Tourism Management

Leeds Beckett University

120 credit points at Level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England.

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

Distance Learning (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Dr Chris Stone

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

This page was last modified: 25/08/2020

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