Bachelor of Tourism Management

Approved Abbreviation: BTrsmMgt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1632.1

CRICOS Code: 056711F

The Bachelor of Tourism Management is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of roles in tourism, recreation and leisure in public and private sectors, professional associations and community organisations.

The program develops skills and knowledge to enable graduates to plan, manage and operate tourism and recreation related policy, activities and business, and do so with a strong ethical appreciation of the need for a triple bottom line philosophy, that is, that ecological, socio/cultural and economic costs need to be minimised and the benefits maximised.

It integrates concern for both the industry and the host or destination community and the process of tourism planning and development in the context of sustainable development. It considers the relationships between tourism and heritage management; mechanisms for regional and community development; and the role of tourism as a social, cultural and economic phenomenon. The program therefore draws on a number of disciplines and offers students a range of areas of specialisation.

Study Mode
Three years full-time and six years part-time.

Advanced standing

University advanced standing policies will apply. Students with prior studies at TAFE, private Colleges or other Universities are eligible for advanced standing.


Admission to the course would normally be through UAC.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English; Geography and/or History are recommended but not essential.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

101272Introduction to the Tourism System
101276Working with Communities
300455Indigenous Australia: Back to the Future
101274Sustainable Tourism in Context

Spring session

101273Managing Tourism Trends
101275Tourism in Contemporary Society

And two electives

Year 2

Autumn session

300457Nature Based Recreation
101280Cultural Heritage and Tourism
300458Tourism and Regional Development

And one elective

Spring session

101277Tourism Policy and Planning
101388Environment and Tourism Management
101271Festivals and Events

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101281Heritage Interpretation
101270Destination Management
101389Wildlife Tourism

And one elective

Spring session

300113Indigenous Tourism

And three electives

Students also have to complete 400 hours of

EH218AApproved Industrial Experience (10Wks)

Note: Elective units may be taken from any other program at the University. Advice on selection of electives as individual units, majors or sub-majors will be provided by the Course Advisor.


There is a free-standing major available to students who are not enrolled in the Bachelor of Tourism Management. It combines all units in the Culture and Heritage Tourism and Nature Based Tourism sub-majors.



The following are free-standing sub-majors available to students who are not enrolled in the Bachelor of Tourism Management.

S11120Culture and Heritage Tourism
S11119Nature Based Tourism

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Search for majors and sub-majors

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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