Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management

Want to stay ahead of the curve? Our unique top-up degree puts you on top of the game in three rapidly growing industries. Linking three related fields encourages you to develop your skills so you can keep pace in this fast-changing environment. Whether you want to be leader of the pack in your existing field or open the door to new opportunities, you will graduate primed to meet the ever changing demands of business and consumers head on.

You will build on your existing skills to be leader of the pack in your field, or open up new career directions. You’ll work with your personal and course tutors to get the most out of your studies and boost your employability. You will stand out from the crowd – feed your ambition, boost your skills and best equip yourself to meet the rapidly changing demands of consumers and businesses.

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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. 

Key features

  • Be inspired by staff who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out research that turns heads worldwide.
  • Keep pace with the ever-changing demands in hospitality, tourism and events management.
  • Build on your existing skills to be leader of the pack in your field, or open up new career directions.
  • Work with your personal and course tutors to get the most out of your studies and boost your employability.
  • Open the door to new career opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and events industries, from hotels and resorts, to restaurants and caterers, tourism destinations and attractions to airlines, cruises, spa management and environmentally sustainable tourism.
  • Stand out from the crowd – feed your ambition, boost your skills and best equip yourself to meet the rapidly changing demands of consumers and businesses.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • This one-year level 3 course builds on your foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or equivalent studies with an emphasis on hospitality, tourism and/or events. You’ll top up your existing skills by choosing from a variety of modules including contemporary event issues, crisis and disaster management (or leadership), hospitality dynamics, entrepreneurship and research methods. Open the door to new career opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and events industries, in sectors such as hotels and resorts, restaurants and caterers, tourism destinations and attractions, airlines, cruises, spa management and environmentally sustainable tourism.
    Core modules
    • HTM331 Researching Hospitality, Tourism and Events

      This module allows you to develop your practical expertise in research investigations. You will develop a systematic understanding of the issues involved in the design and conduct of business research from a subject perspective.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • HTM341 Current Event Issues

      This module develops learner knowledge on current global issues, concepts, and trends. The aim is to help learners appreciate the complexities of future scenario planning and how to best apply the findings to the events industry through reflection and application to different scenarios

    • 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
    • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

    • 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.

    • 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. "

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:

Programme specification BA Hospitality Toursim and Events Management top up 4309

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

Foundation degree

This course is designed for students who have completed a foundation degree or equivalent with a hospitality, tourism and/or events management emphasis. Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

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.


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:

  • T 88% coursework
  • . 12% exams

Discover more about our course

If you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) with a hospitality, tourism and/or events management emphasis, you can 'top-up' with this one year level 3 course, designed to develop a critical understanding of tourism, hospitality and events management to meet the changing demands of society and business.

You will be taught by subject specialist staff, developing and maximising your full potential through a variety of teaching methods and activities. High quality teaching is informed by staff research and the course gives you access to a wide range of hospitality, tourism and events career opportunities in industries such as: hotels and resort, restaurants and caterers, event organising and planning, tourism destinations and attractions, leisure and recreation management, airlines, cruises, environmentally sustainable tourism development and spa management.

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