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Foundation Degree in Tourism Park Management

Three and a half years distance learning, with a short residential school for each unit

A foundation degree is equivalent to the first two years of a full time honours degree course. This program has been developed by Kingston Maurward College in Dorset with the support of Caravan Industry Training, and will be validated by Bournemouth University. The program will teach important principles of business and management in a caravan park context, and students will be encouraged to apply their new knowledge and skills as they progress.

Each of the first two years will have four units; the remaining six units have a much higher park based content, and will be completed in just under a year and a half. The subjects in the first year of study are likely to be

  • Business strategy
  • Marketing
  • Managing the park consumer
  • Finance and business performance

The course focuses on personal development within the caravan parks industry and aims to provide learners with the skills and knowledge as appropriate to management of a caravan park. It should enable learners to enhance career prospects and the academic background to pursue further study should they wish.

The range of units offered will provide the learner with underpinning knowledge and assist them to acknowledge and overcome their personal strengths and weaknesses, whilst providing them with a range of transferable skills such as use of IT, conducting research and report writing.

Delivery is designed to be both flexible and innovative. The industry has strong seasonal variation, therefore professional development has to be timetabled around the needs of both employers and learners. All of the units will be applied to real park situations as a fundamental part of the teaching. Where possible, tutors on units will have experience of park work. Residential schools will be held on host parks in various locations. 

Employer engagement will be embedded throughout the whole of the program with emphasis on ‘theory into practice’. Whether learners are nominated by their employers or applying independently, there must be real benefits to parks, as well as to individuals, as a key outcome of their study.

As the majority of learners will be employees within park businesses, the Work Based Learning can be carried out at their existing place of employment.

The first students to undertake the degree are already deriving huge benefits from their studies, and enjoying the companionship of learning tyogether in what has become a close-knit and mutually supportive group. hard work is tempered by humour and friendship.

How to Apply

Application forms are available from Caravan Industry Training, or downloaded from the website.  Entry can be by the acdemic route (A levels), the vocational route (a level 3 NVQ or equivalent) or in some cases, park management experience can be used instead of prior qualifications. All students require two references, one of them from an employer or formal business associate.  Relatives cannot provide references.


Like all UK degree courses, the college charges tuition fees for the foundation degree - the level of fees is generally set nationally. The cost for the 2009 intake was £461 per unit, which will be invoiced two units at a time. Student Loans at inflation-only interest rates can be accessed by eligible students.   This college fee does not cover any travel or accommodation required during residential schools; it is planned to keep this as low as possible by accessing accommodation on the host parks. Much of the study material is provided but a small number of books may be recommended for purchase. If the student is from a senior management position on a park there may be some support available from the Learning and Skills Councils in England, which has a funded Management and Leadership support programme.

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Chief executive - CITO

To find out more about a course, please do not hesitate to contact the course coordinator:

Jenny Pritchard CEO CITO
Telephone: 01252 796085
Email Jenny Pritchard

Further information

For a registration form/pack, course syllabus and other related information, please see the Download section at the bottom of this page.