City College Plymouth

FdSc International Tourism Management

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Business Performance & Enterprise (CITY1130)

      In the hospitality, events and tourism industry, potential managers need to have an understanding of the principles of managing business performance including techniques or strategies used and their impact on decision making from a financial perspective. This module will examine these principles and apply them to case studies within the sector.

    • Customer Relationship Marketing (CITY1131)

      This module introduces students to the basic principles of marketing and their application in a hospitality, events and tourism context. marketing is at the heart of every organisation’s activities. It is also of growing importance in the non-commercial, public and voluntary sectors. The customer’s needs and expectations will also be introduced along with the tools and techniques used in the modern marketing industry. 

    • International Tourism & Sustainability (CITY1132)

      This module 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. It will examine case studies and discuss the economic and moral impact tourists have in a given area and highlight their sustainability problems and initiatives.

    • Leadership and Personal Development Skills (CITY1133)

      The aim of this module is to give learners a general understanding of the management and leadership issues within the tourism, events and hospitality industry.  This module will identify theories on leadership, team development, and motivation, which will give learners an insight into their own motivation and leadership styles as learners develop their personal development plans (PDP).

    Optional modules

    • Alternative Tourism (CITY1137)

      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 definition of alternative tourism is an all-encompassing term covering such specialist areas as ecotourism, ethno-tourism and many forms of adventure tourism, in contrast to mainstream mass tourism. 

    • Spa & Resort Management (CITY1139)

      This module introduces the topic of spa and resort management and its impact on the hospitality and tourism industry.  It examines the wellbeing sector and of contemporary spa and resort management. It informs the students of the growth of the sector and addresses the business opportunities this provides

    • Destination Management (CITY1136)

      Destination management is the coordinated management of all elements that make up a destination, including the attractions, amenities, access, marketing and pricing. This module investigates the challenges of destination management and discusses what makes a successful destination in the global and local contexts of the tourism industry.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research Methods in Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management (CITY2142)

    • Staging Events (CITY2143)

      This module offers students the opportunity to plan, organise and manage events in the hospitality, events and tourism sector. The module is designed to develop the academic, organisational and reflective skills necessary to be an effective event manager. Concepts of employability and team dynamics in relation to staging events enables learners to gain an understanding of the opportunities that exist for future employment. 

    • The Hospitality, Tourism & Events Customer Experience (CITY2144)

      This module examines key aspects of customer service provision within the hotel, tourism and events sector, and evaluates the methods by which organisations manage both customer services and the development of relationships. The module will consider methods employed by organisations, skills required by staff, the use of appropriate technology and quality initiatives used to develop excellence. 

    • Managing People (CITY2145)

      This module explores essential theories, attributes, skills, approaches and strategies which contribute to the effective management of the employer/employee relationship.  It looks at practical considerations of the management of people in the Hospitality, Tourism & Events sector and develops the employability skills required by the future managers and leaders in the sector.

    Optional modules

    • Visitor Attraction Management (CITY2148)

      This module gives students a broad understanding of the nature, development and management of visitor attractions, highlighting the importance within the sector and investigating the key issues. It identifies the range and importance of visitor attractions within the international tourism sector and investigates the types of tourist and the theories of tourist motivation. 

    • Contemporary issues in Tourism Management (CITY2149)

      The aim of this module is to develop the learners understanding of tour operations management including the stages involved in creating holidays, brochures, methods of distribution and strategic decision-making. Furthermore it examines the rationale and different approaches to tour operating linked to current and future issues and impacts of tourism. 

    • Cruise Operations (CITY2152)

      This module explores and evaluates the cruise industry.  It will examine the growing demand for cruise holidays and analyse the supply side of the market which is characterised by the innovative development and design to attract different market segments

    • Managing Aviation Services (CITY2153)

      This module will explore the nature and characteristics of the aviation industry and examine the organisations that form part of its structure. The many and diverse roles within aviation range from highly technical jobs such as pilots to the role of cabin crew and it is important that everyone collaborates to contribute to the safety and success of this industry. 

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.

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.

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.

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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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