South Devon College

FdSc Tourism Management

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SDCTH113 Countryside and Coastal Management

      This module assesses the features and facilities of tourism within the coastal and countryside areas of the UK, and includes an understanding of the role of the public sector in tourism, demand and supply analysis and the principles of sustainable tourism.

    • SDCTH114 Worldwide Travel Destinations

      This module will introduce learners to the location of tourist attraction destinations and principle geographic features as part of the essential selling skills needed by managers within the travel and tourism industries.

    • SOUD1122 Developing Research and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • SOUD1261 Marketing

      This module will consider and analyse the growth of political and academic interest in crime prevention and community safety. This will involve the study of the concept of crime prevention and safety within society, its focus upon environmental design and social forms, as well as appeals to 'community' and 'partnerships' in the prevention process.

    • SOUD1275 Business and Financial Environment

      A full understanding of tourism and hospitality as an area of academic and applied study necessarily involves understanding of the nature of the business & financial environment. This module seeks to provide a broad perspective on the complex interrelations which exist between businesses and their environment.

    • SOUD1276 Alternative Tourism

      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.

    Optional modules
    • SDCTH103 Tourism and Hospitality Studies

      The aim of this module is to give learners a general understanding of the development and the current status of the tourism and the hospitality industry.

    • SDCTH108 Leadership and Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SDCTH202 Special Project

      This module is aimed at developing the student's research and investigation skills, which are essential features within the parameters of academic study, and in the industrial vocational workplace. Students will plan and implement a small-scale research project to practice research skills.

    • SDCTH205 Event and Conference Management

      This module is to enable the learner to consider all of the functions that are required in event planning, conferences and exhibitions.

    • SDCTH211 Contemporary Issues in Tourism

      This module focuses on contemporary tourism topics. Included are the relationships between tourism and the environment and the principles of sustainability. The module also focuses on factors impacting on tourist decisions and destination marketing.

    • SOUD2227 Research and Business Strategy

      The learners will be introduced to the disciplines and techniques of collecting, analysing and presenting data. It includes the application and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Learners will be introduced to strategy and the practical application of a strategy in different circumstances.

    • SOUD2102 Tourism Planning and Management

      This module examines the essential features of tourism planning in both a local, regional, national and international context, together with a comprehensive review of activities of different types of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. The module also features the evaluation of tourism strategies.

    • SOUD2226 Human Resource Management

      This module explores the role of the human resource manager and concepts and practices of human resource management. It does so by briefly exploring the strategic human resource planning and policy functions before moving on to more operational personnel management functions.

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.

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 Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University 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 college 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 Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college 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 Partners 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. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College