FdSc Sustainable Tourism Management

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Understanding Sustainability (PETR1170)

      As the global population competes for limited natural resources, global leaders are beginning to look at sustainable options for sustaining a good quality of life. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, social, and environmental considerations when embedding sustainability practices. The module explores sustainability at a global, national, and local level, using case studies related to sustainable communities.

    • Visitor Attractions (PETR1171)

      Visitor attractions play a critical role in the development of regional tourism, they generate income and employment and play a broader role in social and cultural exchange. In this module, students will examine the purpose of visitor attractions and the main challenges in managing and developing attractions that attract visitors to the area whilst supporting and promoting communities living in tourist destinations.

    • Tourism Behaviours and Impacts (PETR1173)

      Understanding visitor behaviour and impacts on destinations is critical to managing tourism in a social, economic, and environmentally sustainable manner and creating positive consumer experiences and the development of successful tourist businesses. This module will give students the knowledge to identify the influences and barriers to consumer behaviour and to promote sustainable and responsible tourism.

    • Ethical Leadership (PETR1174)

      This module gives an insight into how to lead using ethical principles. It provides learners with the knowledge and behaviours for success in a VUCA (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex and Ambiguous) environment and enable them to support organisations by being agents of change for positive and sustainable development. The module provides a variety of inputs from external experts and businesses to encourage challenge and support a greater understanding of the subject and how these can be used practically in a business setting.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Sustainability In Business (PETR2003)

      This module will provide students with an introduction into sustainability in a business context. Students will study the concepts of environmental, economic and social sustainability and how this benefits businesses and consumers. The module will make use of case students to highlight how this has been successfully achieved, and also highlight the impacts of businesses not abiding by these principles.

    • Sustainable Festivals and Events (PETR2180)

      Festivals and events play a key role in developing tourism in destinations. This module will explore how festivals and events can be managed sustainably, to bring social, economic, and environmental benefits to host communities whilst minimising negative impacts. Each stage in festival and event planning will be examined, and their impacts on regional, national, and global environments identified.

    • Marketing Technologies and Digital Media (PETR2181)

      In this module, you will develop an understanding of a variety of marketing technologies, their purpose, and opportunities for engagement with a range of audiences. You will develop skills to help you create, plan and schedule effective digital marketing content, including copy writing techniques for different media formats such as blogging, digital storytelling and podcasting.

    • Personal Research/Industry Projects (PETR2182)

      This module provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a topic of their interest within sustainable tourism and conduct an in-depth research/industry-based project. Working with an assigned tutor, students will develop a research proposal which they will investigate through the collection of relevant primary data or conduct secondary research using relevant sources.

    • Destination Management and Development (PETR2183)

      When unsustainable development of tourism destinations take place, the host communities, the environment and the destinations themselves can suffer and deteriorate. In this module, students will learn about the techniques and processes for sustainable destination management and how these destinations can be developed to attract visitors whilst protecting the environment, culture and heritage of the destination.

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.

Our partnership with Petroc

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 Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
Plymouth students working on a group project