City College Plymouth

FdSc Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Marketing (FPC1022)

      This module introduces students to the basic principles of marketing and their application in a business context.

    • Costing, Finance and Business Performance (PFD151)

    • International Tourism (PFD153)

      This unit explores the organisation, structure and interdependency of the travel and tourism industry, with a focus on the environmental, political, social and cultural impacts that this has internationally

    • Leadership and Team Development Skills (PFD155)

      The aim of this module is to give learners a general understanding of the management and leadership issues within the tourism and hospitality industry

    Optional modules

    • Alternative Tourism (PFD149)

      This module provides the opportunity for students to investigate the increasingly wide range of tourism activity outside the more conventional, mainstream provision of mass packaged tourism.

    • The Event and Conference Industry (PFD150)

      This module will enable the learner to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the conference and event industry, its sub-sectors, current trends and issues.

    • Accommodation and Front Office Operations (PFD152)

      This unit develops the theoretical understanding behind the departments of Reception and Housekeeping and identifies how their operation is influenced by customer expectations

    • Kitchen Management Systems (PFD156)

      This module provides the skills and knowledge required to efficiently manage a kitchen environment. It investigates the origins and classification of commodities used in menu planning and identifies the relevant health and safety legislation.

    • Contemporary Cuisine (PFD157)

      This module will develop your culinary skills and apply underlying concepts and principles to a range of contemporary contexts within the food sector.

    • Restaurant Operations (PFD158)

      This module enables the student to understand the complexities of restaurant management and demonstrate an understanding of theory into practice in restaurant environments.

    • Tourism Studies (TOFD100)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research and Personal Development Skills (FPC2045)

    • Introduction to Events Management (PFD221)

      This module will offer students the opportunity to plan, organise and manage a hospitality related event.

    • Licensed Trade Management (PFD236)

      The licensed trade is an integral part of the hospitality industry and this module aims to provide students with the operational skills and legal information necessary to manage premises that are licensed.

    • Managing People (PFD239)

      This module explores essential theories, attributes, skills, approaches and strategies which contribute to effective management of the employer/employee relationship

    Optional modules

    • Managing the Environment (PFD224)

      This module will identify environmental issues relevant to the Hospitality sector and evaluate legislative, economic and ethical perspectives.

    • Managing in the Hospitality Industry (PFD231)

      This module develops a range of established management techniques and analyses issues affecting the hospitality industry, especially in relation to customer services.

    • Customer Service Management (PFD233)

      The module examines key aspects of customer service provision & evaluates the methods by which organisations manage both customer services & the development of relationships.

    • Promoting Events, Conferences, Exhibitions and Festivals (PFD234)

      Through this module students develop and demonstrate an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the role of marketing in developing and promoting successful events, conferences and festivals.

    • Tour Operations Management (PFD237)

      The aim of this module is to develop the learners understanding of scale and scope of the tour operating sector of the travel and tourism industry.

    • Tourism Planning and Management (PFD238)

      This module will build on the key principles and concepts introduced in stage 1 modules. The module seeks to examine the planning and management of tourism in the light of a rapidly changing environment. It will give students an understanding of the impacts and management of sustainable tourism and will investigate current trends in international tourism

    • Culinary Arts for Event Management (PFD240)

      The module will give students an insight into creativity within catering operations required for successful events. Financial robustness is applied to the production and management of food to ensure profitability.

    • International Gastronomy (PFD241)

      This module examines the evolution of food preparation methods in relation to economic factors and human eating behaviour.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.
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