School of Tourism and Hospitality

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management

Whether you see yourself working in a five-star luxury hotel, or a national tourist board, this course will equip you with the skills to build the successful tourism career you want. Study at one of the UK’s top five providers of Tourism and Hospitality courses and graduate from a course with a strong emphasis on business and management, primed for an exciting future.

UCAS tariff
240
UCAS course code
NN82
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

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.
  • Broaden your horizons and enhance your learning experience by taking advantage of our field trips –throughout the course you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of locations. 
  • 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.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year you will gain a solid grasp of tourism and hospitality operations. You will examine standards and service consistency in a range of areas, from food and drink operations, front office and managing facilities to marketing and business, gaining an insight into the various aspects of the tourism industry.
    Core modules
    • HTM131 Fundamentals of Tourism

      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.

    • HTM127 Hospitality Industry Engagement

    • HTM133 Hotel Operations and Revenue Management

      The module is intended to increase student awareness of both tourism destinations and influences upon their development.

    • HTM129 Introduction to Sustainable Hospitality Management

      This module develops a baseline understanding of the hospitality sector in the context of hospitality operations. It develops an understanding of sustainable management practice and considers these in the context of a range of hospitality operations. It includes an external learning element and provides a practical perspective to theoretical reading.

    • HTM124 Management for Hospitality,Tourism & Events

      This module enables the students to develop an understanding of management skills appropriate to an events/hospitality/tourism business to achieve business success.

    Optional modules
    • ELC101 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops an international student’s level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage one

    • HTM121 Food Safety for the Hospitality Industry

      This module introduces food safety understanding and provides a framework to ensure that hospitality products are made available safely and meet approved standards taking into account different hospitality environments and customers.

    • 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.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 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.

    • GERX02 German 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.

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 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.

    • 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.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • HTM111 Tourism Environments and Tourist Behaviour

  • Year 2
  • Building on your growing knowledge, in your second year you will discover what it takes to plan, manage and run a tourism or hospitality business. You will work on modules based on hospitality, tourism and management, developing the skills you will need on the ground – from getting to grips with finances to dealing with staff, from the most junior member to the chief executive. You will also learn the methods and protocols required to collect, analyse and interpret data.
    Core modules
    • HTMP201 Career Investment Programme

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability prospects. It provides them with information on the placement year, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for applying for placement positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of enhancing their employability.

    • HTM234 Contemporary Business Management for Hospitality Organisations

    • 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.

    • HTM229 Managing Facilities

      This module introduces important aspects of facilities management within the hospitality and tourism context. The module is designed to reflect the influence that facility/product design, and organisational procedures within the operation have on financial growth and customer support.

    • 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.

    Optional modules
    • HTM233 Contemporary Food Concerns

    • HTM206 Cruise Operations and Passenger Services

      The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills acquired in stage one in the context of the cruise industry. Operational aspects of cruising combined with passenger services form the main focus. A programme of lectures, seminars and individual projects will help develop student learning in context.

    • ELC201 English for Academic Purposes

    • 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.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 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.

    • GERX02 German 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.

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 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.

    • HTM212 Regional Tourism

    • 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.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • HTM242 Tourism, Human Resources & Competitive Advantage

      The module aims to raise awareness of and deepen students' understanding of the role of human resources in achieving competitive advantage in the tourism industry.

  • Optional placement year
  • If you choose, you can take a work placement after your second year, gaining valuable hands-on experience working abroad and putting your knowledge and skills to use in a real world context. On a placement you will glean an insider’s insight into the industry, make useful contacts and position yourself to keep well informed about future work opportunities. For support finding a placement, you can contact someone in our Placements Team at placements@plymouth.ac.uk.
    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. You will investigate the details of strategic and operational management challenges and choose a topic to add to your studies, such as food and service systems, intercultural communication or a language. If you are interested in a specific industry sector, there are options to customise modules for your chosen area.
    Core modules
    • HTM325 Business Strategy for Tourism & Hospitality

      This module focuses on exploring and understanding a range of theoretical approaches to developing strategies for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

    • 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.

    • HTM314 Honours Project

    Optional modules
    • HTM311 Cruise Operations and Continuity Planning

    • ELC305 English for Academic Purposes

    • ELC307 English for Global Communication

    • 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.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 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.

    • GERX02 German 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.

    • 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.

    • HTM336 Leadership and Talent Management

      The module provides students with an opportunity to reflect on, critically appraise and develop a deep understanding of talent management in a hospitality context. In addition students will examine the changing and challenging role of leadership within tourism and hospitality organisations from theoretical and applied perspectives.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

240 points (including a minimum of 140 points from two A levels or a double award). 

GCSE Maths and English Language grade C plus A level/AS level. 14-19 Diplomas accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.​

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500
For more information please see www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

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A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

Find out more from our open days section or register to come and see us using a short open day registration form.

Meet your Programme Manager - Dr Susan Horner

Susan Horner has written many key books on the industry and was Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour at the César Ritz Hotel School, Switzerland.

Susan has an interest in the learning styles of hospitality students, and relationship marketing and management issues for hospitality.

Learn more about the School of Tourism and Hospitality

Hotel School

The Plymouth University Hotel School has a serious ambition to prepare future graduates to be industry ready, while working with industry partners and focus on providing stimulating ‘real world’ learning experiences.

Mr David Dingle CBE Chief Executive, Carnival UK Patron, Plymouth University Hotel School

Find out more about the Hotel School

Tourism profile - Lucy Leith

The placement helped me develop my skills, in particular it helped me write for a range of audiences, such as consumers who wanted advice on where to stay and go.

Lucy Leith, Overseas Operations Executive, VisitBritain.

Learn more about Lucy’s placement

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.

Find out more about Tourism and Hospitality placements