Plymouth Business School

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'll 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’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

Graduates have the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in careers as diverse as specialist tour operators, airlines, resort management companies, public-sector tourism and overseas national tourism organisations.

Key features

  • Learn from staff conducting research into a wide variety of areas, from the relationship between tourism and crime, to literary and heritage tourism.
  • Widen your knowledge through our programme of experienced and innovative guest speakers representing companies that have included VisitBritain, Destination Plymouth and ABTA.
  • Our relationship with ABTA, the TMI and the ITT adds extra scrutiny and offers you access to a range of information and opportunities.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by learning to meet the changing needs of the tourism industry on a course accredited by 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Examine the organisation, operation and management of the tourism industry, to learn the principles of sustainable management. Explore the key issues of today’s tourism industry and the social, political and environmental pressures placed on it. Investigate alternative forms of tourism and the nature and characteristics of tourist behaviour.

    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.

    • HTM143 The Tourism Industry

      The module explores the organisation and structure of the commercial outbound tourism industry. Students will discuss the globalisation, development, sustainability and distribution of tourism products and services.

    • 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
  • Deepen your knowledge of the tourism industry through the study of destination management, stakeholder identification and engagement and destination marketing. Gain the knowledge and skills required to conceptualise, build, market and manage a tourism business and to strategically position a regional, national or international destination. Explore the relationships between tourism, tourists, tourism communities and crime in modern society.
    Core modules
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • HTM241 Tourism Venture Creation

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

    • HTM246 Promoting and Marketing Experiences

      The module explores the principles of tourism marketing by reviewing and analysing key marketing issues. The module also investigates sustainable strategies for tourism businesses in a global context.

    • 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
    • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students' level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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
  • Earn a Certificate of Industrial Experience by completing an optional work placement year. This valuable experience gives you a foothold in the industry, building your confidence and your 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
  • Develop an area of specialisation by researching a tourism issue that excites you for your final thesis. Elective modules allow you to direct your learning (and career) into a specific area of interest.

    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.

    • 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 Management Programme Specification Sep19 0477

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:

  • T 92% coursework
  • . 8% exams

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

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