School of Tourism and Hospitality

BSc (Hons) Tourism Management

Do you want to work in a fast-paced global industry, meeting the needs of tourists and working with destination managers? With our degree you will learn about the commercial side of tourism with a broader approach to understanding tourism as a social phenomenon, helping you create innovative approaches and develop management skills vital to your future success. You will also review the principles of tourism planning in the UK and overseas, and have the opportunity to learn a new language.

UCAS tariff
240
UCAS course code
N800
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

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Check if this course has places through Clearing, from 14 August 2014.

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  • Friday 15 August - 8.00am - 7.00pm
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  • Sunday 17 August - 11.00am - 3.00pm
  • Monday 18 August - 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 August - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Friday 22 August - 9.00am - 4.00pm

We will help you find available course places and let you know if you are eligible to apply.

Key features

  • Gain a competitive advantage by learning to meet the changing needs of the tourism industry on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and the Tourism Management Institute.
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into areas such as the social impacts of tourism, the relationship between tourism and crime, working conditions in the industry, the adoption and reporting of corporate social responsibility, literary and heritage tourism, particularly in Cornwall.
  • Gain access to the latest developments in the field through our programme of experienced and innovative guest speakers, who have recently included Lucy Leith, Overseas Operations Executive, VisitBritain, Carl Lamb, Marketing and Communications Manager, Newquay Zoo and Avital Biran, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University.
  • According to the UNWTO, one in 11 jobs worldwide are now in tourism, so you will enhance your career opportunities through our focus on employability.
  • Expand your horizons on a course consistently ranked as one of the best places to study tourism: we have been ranked tenth overall out of 37 by the Guardian University Guide 2014: League Table for Tourism, Transport and Travel and 12th out of 49 overall by the Sunday Times University Guide 2014: Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the course 12th place out of 60 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you will explore the key issues of today’s tourism industry and the social, political and environmental pressures placed on it. You’ll also investigate concepts of tourism management and have the opportunity to choose from additional subjects relevant to your career, including studying a language.
    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.

    • 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.

    • HTM110 The Tourism Industry

      The module introduces the commercial elements of tour operation, business tourism and retail distribution in both a UK and global context.

    • HTM111 Tourism Environments and Tourist Behaviour

    • HTM130 Tourism Knowledge and Field Work

      The module serves as an introduction to the principles and practice of personal and academic development within the context of their chosen programme of study. The module furthermore assists students in developing the tools to elicit knowledge in the field.

    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

    • 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.

    • HTM134 Tourism Geographies

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

  • Year 2
  • In year 2, learn the skills required to manage a business and review theories of tourism planning in the UK and overseas alongside concepts of tourism research, in preparation for your final year project. During this year, you can continue to develop your language skills.
    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.

    • HTM215 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

    • HTM241 Tourism Venture Creation

      An introduction to business models and functions in tourism within the context of venture creation.

    • HTM216 Tourism, Development and Culture

    • 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
    • ELC201 English for Academic Purposes

    • HTM243 Festivals and Event Tourism

      To examine the importance of festivals and event tourism in relation to a tourist destination's policy and planning strategies. This will determine the value of events to the tourism industry. The module will also examine the evolution of event tourism, and discuss the authenticity dilemma of event tourism with particular reference to festivals and festival tourism.

    • 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.

    • HTM228 Tourism Marketing

      This module is designed to reflect on the influence of tourism culture and environment upon both existing tourism business operations and the development of appropriate new strategies.

  • Optional placement year
  • Earn a Certificate of Industrial Experience by completing an optional work placement year. This valuable experience will give you a foothold in the industry, building up your confidence and helping you to gather a network of contacts.
    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 are given the opportunity to develop your passion by researching a tourism issue that excites you for your final Honours Project. You can use this when applying for jobs to highlight the skills you have developed on the programme. You will also deepen your insights in areas such as sustainable tourism, business strategy, literary tourism or entrepreneurship.
    Core modules
    • 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
    • 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.

    • HTM310 Crisis & Disaster Management in the Hospitality, Tourism & 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.

    • ELC305 English for Academic Purposes

    • ELC307 English for Global Communication

    • HTM337 Entrepreneurship

      You will develop a critical understanding of the theories and concepts of entrepreneurs. You will identify entrepreneurial opportunities in hospitality and tourism, and consider the role of innovation, creative thinking techniques and service development.

    • HTM312 Film, Literary and Heritage Tourism

    • 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.

    • HTM329 Leadership

      You’ll explore the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership in organisations and look at how the concept is changing over time. In this module you will take part in an intensive UK-based field trip to gain a deeper understanding of leadership.

    • 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.

    • 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

UCAS tariff
240 points

IB

24 points.

A level/AS level
240 points including 140 points from two A levels or a double award, excluding General Studies.  

GCSE
Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Other
14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.
 

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500
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Discover more about our course

The Guardian and the Sunday Times recently voted Plymouth University as one of the top 12 providers of tourism courses in the UK.

Develop the skills to function and communicate in the world's fastest growing industry with ability to work in the public and private tourism sectors.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Tourism Management

Professor Paul Brunt

Professor Paul Brunt is Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality. He teaches on many of the tourism modules, with research interests including Tourism and Crime and Tourism Research Method.

Professor Brunt has published research on media representations of terrorist acts against tourists, and is researching social exclusion and crime.

Learn more about Professor Brunt's research interests.

Dr Andreas Walmsley

Dr Andreas Walmsley is the programme manager for undergraduate tourism courses.

Dr Walmsley’s main areas of teaching and research revolve around employment in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Learn more about Dr Walmsley's research interests

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

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
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