Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

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.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of business, hospitality and events management.

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

Career opportunities

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.

Where could a tourism and hospitality management degree take you?

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

  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree and you will benefit from experienced university lecturers. Whilst completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right, you will be able to confidently progress to programmes within our suite of courses in Plymouth Business School
  • 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 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist you in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn for example about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of business, accounting and tourism, hospitality and events management. You’ll also have the opportunity to do independent research into an area of your studies that interests you, with a supervisor to guide and support you through the process.

    Core modules
    • HTM001 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Events

      This module will provide students with an overview of the tourism, hospitality and event industry by introducing their key components. It will explore current issues and facilitate the application of theory to business operation and consumer experience whilst supporting the development of key transferable skills.

    • HTM156 Management and Employability Skills

      This module is designed to develop the academic, organisational and reflective skills necessary to be an effective manager within the Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Industries. The content introduces the concepts of management and employability skills to enable learners to gain an understanding of management principles and the skills to be successful in gaining future employment.

    • STO001 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • STO002 Introduction to Business and Accounting

      The module will introduce the components, functions & context of a business including contemporary organisational constructs. Participants will explore the impact of different models on purpose, values, stakeholders & reporting. Globalisation, sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes. Accounting principles including cash-flow, income statements & balance sheets will be introduced & the relationship between management theories accounting explored.

    • STO003 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • STO004 Supervised Research 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • HTM153 Cruise and Hospitality Operations

      This module introduces the cruise industry, hospitality operations and the wider shipping context. There are two significant elements within the module; the shipping industry in general and the hotel/hospitality services. A combination of lectures and student-directed learning activities will be included for this module.

    • HTM154 Tourism Industry: Principles and Practice

      Through consideration of the tourism system students will discuss patterns of tourism supply and demand in both a domestic and international context. Students will explore tourism destinations through an examination of different sectors (Public, private and voluntary sectors) operating at the destinations. Principles of sustainable management for tourism organisations will be introduced.

    • HTM156 Management and Employability Skills

      This module is designed to develop the academic, organisational and reflective skills necessary to be an effective manager within the Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Industries. The content introduces the concepts of management and employability skills to enable learners to gain an understanding of management principles and the skills to be successful in gaining future employment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 Management with Foundation Year Programme Specification 6670

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

32 - 80

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

PPP-MMP 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.

International Baccalaureate

24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5. 


If overseas & not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements. 

Access courses

Pass access course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent. 

New Irish Highers: From 2017 32-80 points.

City and Guilds Level 3: We will accept with a minimum of Merit overall alongside a good GCSE profile, including English and Maths grade C / 4.

Cyprus Apolytirion: 15/20 to 16/20 overall to include a pass in Maths and IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.


GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted 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 2020 2021
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £13,800 £14,200
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Additional costs

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

Assessment breakdown

  • ? Year 0: 90% coursework, 10% exams
  • @ Year 1 – final year: 100% coursework

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


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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