Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management

Whether you see yourself working in a five-star luxury hotel or for a destination management organisation, this course equips you with the skills to build the successful tourism or hospitality career you want. Study a diverse course that has a strong emphasis on business and management to prepare you for an exciting future in a dynamic industry.

You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to boost your employability by taking a placement with paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. You will gain invaluable experience, bolster your skills and enhance your employment prospects.

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Association of British Travel Agents Partner

The University of Plymouth is one of ABTA's 12 official partners.

ABTA partners have exclusive access to industry resources and expertise, ABTA events and guest lectures as well as the opportunity to apply for ABTA's annual internship. Graduate Amy Edmunds was selected as ABTA's first intern. 

Careers with this subject

Our socially aware graduates have the skills and knowledge required to hit the ground running in a diverse range of careers including hotel management, cruise guest relations and destination marketing.

Advice from graduate Khairah Yahiya: 

" My advice to future tourism and hospitality graduates is to start thinking about your desired career and to create a pathway in order to reach your goal whilst studying. The dissertation and project assignments provided during your studies are the best way to get in-depth information on your chosen field. 
The more research and investigation you do, the more it sates your curiosity. Make a wise decision when selecting a topic for an assignment and more importantly for a dissertation, the 9,000 word project will be your ‘best friend’ on your final year and, trust me, it will be very useful for future reference."

Read more from Khairah in her case study.

Key features

  • Study on a course consistently ranked as one of the best places to study tourism according to The Sunday Times and The Guardian university guides.
  • Stand out from the crowd – hone your skills in business and management, equipping you to enter the local, national and international job market.
  • Boost your employability by taking a placement with paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. Gain invaluable experience, bolster your skills and enhance your employment prospects.
  • Kick-start your career – our socially and economically aware graduates are quickly snapped up by multi-national corporations, specialist tour operators, national tourist boards and other hospitality organisations worldwide. Our graduates often return to complete postgraduate degrees.
  • Our Hotel School gives you access to high-profile industry partners including Millennium Copthorne, Jurys Inn, Dartington Hall Trust, Philema Hospitality Management and The Goring.
  • Recognised as a Centre of Excellence for The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).The ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise universities leading in these fields.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year you develop an understanding of the tourism and hospitality industries and gain an insight into their sustainable management. You build awareness of hospitality operations, examining standards and service consistency in a range of areas. You also explore different forms of tourism and identify how these are used in destination development and promotion, gaining knowledge of tourism supply and demand.
    Core modules
    • HTM111 Tourism Environments and Tourist Behaviour

      The importance of the environment for tourism is explored recognising the physical, social and economic impacts of tourism activity and sympathetic approaches to management. The forms of tourism, their associated markets, patterns, impacts and associated tourist behaviour are also explored.

    • HTM141 Hospitality Operations

      "This module introduces the nature of tourism, setting an historical context to its development. It explains the nature and development of tourism. It discusses the patterns and characteristics of tourism supply and demand and the influential factors on them. It explores the structure, operation and organisation of the public and voluntary sectors and their activities. "

    • HTM144 Spa and Resort Management

      This module introduces spa and resort management and enables students to develop an understanding of the wellbeing sector and of contemporary spa and resort management. The module addresses the strategic opportunities and issues emerging from the growth of the sector.

    • HTM150 Special Interest Tourism

      The module examines a range of niche tourism products through the conceptualisation of special interest tourism.

    • HTM151 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Management

      This module introduces students to the sustainable principles and practice of contemporary tourism, hospitality, events and cruise management. Students will gain insight into their dynamic international markets - their scale, size and structure -and an overview of current and future global market trends.

    • HTM152 Tourism Principles and Practice

      This module introduces tourism as an area of academic study. Through consideration of the tourism system students will discuss patterns of tourism supply and demand in both a domestic and international context. The nature of competitive and sustainable tourism destinations will be examined and students will explore the management and marketing of tourism destinations, by key public, private and non-profit organisations. Principles of sustainable management for tourism businesses will be introduced.

    • HTMP100 Career Investment Programme 1

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 1 module provides students with an introduction to the Career Investment Programme, and develops their knowledge and understanding of employability, and the competencies they need to demonstrate when seeking graduate positions. The module encourages engagement in development activities offered by the university, and includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

  • Year 2
  • The second year of study builds on your existing understanding of the tourism and hospitality industries and develops your knowledge of management. Through your core and elective modules you will discover what it takes to develop, promote and manage tourism and hospitality businesses. You increase your understanding of destination management, gaining insight of tourism strategy development.
    Core modules
    • HTM232 Food and Drink Management

      This module provides the opportunity to critically evaluate foodservice events. Established foodservice management theory is presented in a series of lectures and then reflected upon in relation to operational environments.

    • HTM234 Contemporary Business Management for Hospitality Organisations

      This module develops students¿ management skills, and explores the theories, concepts and contemporary issues, relating to the key management functions of HR, marketing, and finance, in the specific context of the hospitality industry.

    • HTM238 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research Methods

      This module investigates the potential contributions of different disciplines and approaches that help to explain the nature of tourism, hospitality and events management. The module examines the research methods used in investigations that focus on tourism, hospitality and events management as applied academic subjects.

    • HTM247 Tourism Technologies

      The module examines how technology influences and changes tourism products, operations, processes and tourist behaviour in modern society. A review of global technological trends will also be undertaken to determine the cultural significance of technology to specific tourism societies and tourism businesses.

    • HTM248 Tourism Planning and Management

      This module examines the essential features of tourism planning in both a UK and international context, together with a comprehensive review of activities of different types of public sector and hybrid organisations. The module also features the evaluation of tourism strategies.

    • HTMP202 Career Investment Programme 2

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 2 module focuses on providing students with information on the placement year, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for applying for placement and graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules
    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HTM216 Tourism, Development and Culture

      The importance of culture and underlying social principles are explored to aid in understanding tourism development. The module also examines the relationship between tourism and host communities with particular reference to developing countries.

    • HTM233 Contemporary Food Concerns

      This module builds upon the knowledge gained from Level 4 module `Food Safety for the Hospitality Industry¿ and is also underpinned by `contemporary issues¿ related to the hospitality industry - including those affecting consumers, the environment and business. The module uses different methods of investigation for assignment work, through laboratory work, which allows for a good understanding of food, consumer requirements and safe delivery. Lectures, laboratory work, group work and visits provide varied environments for learning the topics of this module.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

  • Optional placement year
  • If you choose, you can take a work placement after your second year, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Working either in the UK or abroad put your knowledge and skills to use in a real world context.
    Core modules
    • HTMP300 Work Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of professional work experience in a relevant business organisation. It extends the student's commercial awareness and knowledge of the business environment, provides an opportunity for personal development, and equips them with the experience and skills necessary to gain suitable employment on graduation.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you will draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills gained from your studies so far and focus in on a particular topic to complete your final thesis. If you are interested in a specific industry sector, there are options to customise modules for your chosen area.
    Core modules
    • HTM314 Honours Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

    • HTM335 Crime and Sustainable Tourism

      This module focuses on two contemporary tourism topics - crime and sustainable tourism. Included are the relationships between tourism and the environment and the principles, approaches and pitfalls to sustainable tourism management in an international context. The module also focuses on tourists and the tourism industry, and the relationships between these and crime.

    • HTMP301 Career Investment Programme 3

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options, including further study and graduate management schemes, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules
    • ELC312 English for Global Communication

      This module is designed to develop students¿ practical ability to communicate effectively in English in international situations, their understanding of intercultural communication and their ability to reflect on and develop their skills in using English.

    • ELC314 International Business Communication

      The module is designed to help students who have English as a second language to develop and refine their ability to communicate effectively in English in the global business environment encompassing different national cultures, business practices and systems. Students will engage in a range of written and oral tasks and assessments which will develop their business communication skills.

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

      This module is designed to help students to further develop and refine their ability to use English appropriately and effectively in professional and academic contexts at Year 3. They will do this by reviewing their language development by identifying an area of weakness and adopting appropriate strategies to make progress in that area; engaging in a small research project which they will present to the class; writing an essay and practising relevant professional and academic English skills in small class groups. This course requires consistent, steady work throughout the semester.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HTM310 Crisis and Disaster Management in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Industry

      This module will equip you with a sound understanding of the principles and practice of economic, environmental and political crisis and disaster management in the hospitality, events and tourism industries.

    • HTM311 Cruise Operations Continuity Planning

      The module considers the complex issues associated to managing change, evaluating risk and ensuring continuity for cruise operations. In order to achieve this, a critical appraisal of contemporary industry issues is undertaken. Thereafter, the module uses individual case study work centred on a cruise operation to enable students to apply their understanding of business continuity planning to a realistic problem.

    • HTM312 Film, Literary and Heritage Tourism

      This module reviews the development of three significant forms of cultural tourism ¿ heritage, film and literary tourism - drawing on international examples. In doing so, it deals with a range of issues affecting the planning, development and operation of heritage, film and literary tourism, such as the concern with authenticity, the tensions between conservation and business viability, politics and propaganda, funding, interpretation and simulacra and hyper-reality.

    • HTM322 Managing Service Innovation

      An exploration of the many aspects that define service strategies for Hospitality Management. The module has a predominantly student centred approach to investigating and developing the issues that arise from seminar questions and enables options for individual choice and customised orientation.

    • HTM333 Hospitality Dynamics

      In this module you will explore and reflect on current concepts, trends, and issues in the hospitality industry and management. You will learn through lectures and seminars with subject specialists.

    • HTM339 Leadership

      "The module allows the student to explore the role of leadership within organisations, including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership, and how such concepts can change over time. Through an intensive field trip activity, it enables students to further explore and reflect upon leadership theory and concepts in practice. "

    • HTM342 Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors

      This module focuses on exploring and understanding a range of theoretical approaches to developing strategies for businesses in the tourism, hospitality and events (THE) sectors and applying these principles to a live consultancy project. The learner is provided with the opportunity to gain experience of working with a business in THE industries on a consultancy basis, either in a research or strategic development setting. Learners will engage with a client business to mutually identify a suitable project and develop findings and guidelines to inform a new strategic direction.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Tourism and Hospitality Managementprogramme specification 3356

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

88 - 96

A levels

88-96 points including a minimum of 2 A-Levels. This course considers general studies.

International Baccalaureate 

24-26 overall to include 4 at in any subject at Higher Level.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

MMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

GCSE

All applicants must have GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,400 £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Assessment breakdown

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University of Plymouth Hotel School

The University of Plymouth Hotel School is dedicated to providing you with a stimulating and engaging learning experience in co-operation with a series of industry partners.

Our network of high profile industry partnerships will open doors for you, giving you opportunities to gain commercial experience while you study. Our partners include:

  • The Fat Duck
  • Dartington 
  • Copthorne Hotel
  • China Fleet Country Club

Find out more about the Hotel School

Placements

You have the option of spending your third year in an industrial placement. This allows you to gain an additional award of the Certificate of Professional Experience or Certificate of International Professional Experience.

"The placement also gave me a lot of confidence, so that I was able to talk about tourism to senior managers within the council, MPs and the industry. I developed a whole raft of skills that are still of use to me."

Lucy Leith, Overseas Operations Executive, VisitBritain.

Read more about Lucy's placement


Tasmin Bedford

BSc (Hons) Cruise Management graduate

"I did a one-year placement in a five star hotel in central London called the Goring Hotel. I was the first person from the University of Plymouth to secure a placement at this hotel and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learnt so much from the company and was part of the team that helped the hotel achieve a Forbes five star rating and a Michelin star."

Find out more about Tourism and Hospitality placements

Exploring the Cruise Industry

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management student Molly Braham explains how undertaking an optional placement year working on-board for Carnival UK as part of the course was invaluable.

"Placement is such a fantastic opportunity for not only your personal development but it allows you to make contacts within the industry." 

Meet our tourism and hospitality graduates

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