Certificate in Foundation Studies in Business Studies (Tourism)

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Business Studies (Tourism)

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Course title Certificate in Foundation Studies in Business Studies (Tourism)
Course code UCFSBTOFT
Postnominal Cert. FS(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 4
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 62
Coordinator Raylene Abdilla
Delivered by International School for Foundation Studies
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Tourism Studies will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework upon which to build their future undergraduate Tourism studies.

The primary aim of the course is to provide students enrolled in this course with the knowledge base, transferable skills, communicative skills, and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta’s undergraduate Tourism Studies course. The course offers specific training in those core Tourism and Academic English areas where these students require further assistance and development.

The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of history, cultural heritage, tourism, hospitality, psychology, communications, economics, accounting, business mathematics, statistics, basic research skills, reasoning, as well as academic English skills. In addition, students will be expected to attend regular tutorial sessions for all study-units. During the tutorial sessions students will be expected to show adequate revision of the week’s work. At the same time, tutorials are intended as scheduled directed learning sessions during which students will be able to apply theoretical and conceptual frameworks as well as practice verbal and written expressions.

This course will include continuous assessment to build up a realistic profile of the student’s core abilities and competencies. Tutors will be required to assess students periodically. As the course progresses and the language and subject contents improve, students will be expected to show evidence of higher-level analytical and evaluation skills.

Skills such as the student’s ability to apply their knowledge base and to show evidence of self-directed learning during tutorials will be assessed in the first and second semesters.

Student performance will be monitored continuously by the area coordinator and feedback will be provided through course tutors. This will allow an awareness of the student’s approach to learning and the identification of students who are encountering difficulties, so that remedial action such as the offer of small group coaching can be provided.

Successful completion of this course will guarantee a place on the undergraduate degree programme for Tourism studies.

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The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 59, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta.

At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass a qualifying interview and/or a written test.

EU, non-EU and Maltese dual citizens who previously studied abroad and then join higher secondary schools in Malta for more than one year shall not be admitted to the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
The course will provide students with:

• a sound knowledge of the basics of the disciplines of tourism, hospitality, humanities, social sciences, business and statistics;

• the reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a Tourism student in higher education;

• training to apply scientific reasoning and analytical skills as well as training on low and high order thinking skills;

• an understanding of how to think and reason more effectively in the abstract as well as to solve problems efficiently;

• an understanding of the main features of research methods and their application.
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Tourism Studies is specially designed to enable students who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and aims to provide the support needed to enable such applicants to move from a fully structured learning environment (in high school) to the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required of Tourism studies in higher education.
Certificate holders are eligible to apply for B.A. (Hons) Tourism Studies at the University of Malta.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 25 March 2021

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