Plymouth University Hospitality Management

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Plymouth University Hospitality Management

Plymouth University Hospitality Management

Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management

Future-proof your career as a leader in the hospitality industry with this vocationally inspired degree. You’ll develop high quality business skills and expertise in ensuring customer satisfaction, along with the confidence to motivate others and move your ideas into action. Our degree is one of the best in the UK* and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to make connections and cultivate professional contacts while gaining invaluable experience on placement or on international exchange.

You will benefit from learning and practicing a new foreign language, such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to take part in field work at a range of locations including Scotland, Majorca and France, where you’ll develop and expand your skills. Our own Hotel School encourages students to learn practical skills and brings the industry into the classroom and will prepare you to be industry ready.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.

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Clearing with Plymouth University

Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.

We will help you find the right course for you.

  • Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
  • Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.

For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Luke Slater:

“Develop your soft skills whilst you can. It sounds so trivial, but things such as eye contact, confidence, and appearance really are vitally important in a customer facing role. Also, if you’re looking for a business development role then you’ll need your research skills. I’m not talking about detailed research methods, but you need to develop a methodical approach to work; research a business, analyse the facts, and use them to build new relationships.”

Read more from Luke in his case study.

Key features

  • Gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability with a year’s paid placement in the UK or abroad. You’ll cultivate professional connections while securing a foothold in the industry, and receive a Certificate of Professional/Industrial Placement.
  • Take part in field work at a range of locations including Scotland, Majorca and France, where you’ll develop and expand your skills.
  • Expand your horizons and experience with opportunities for an international exchange in your second year.
  • Benefit from learning and practicing a new foreign language, such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin. You’ll be equipped to understand cultural differences and manage front of house operations – a major advantage for many hospitality organisations.
  • * Benefit from studying on a course the Quality Assurance Agency rates as excellent and that’s in the top 12 places to study hospitality and tourism, as voted by The Sunday Times and The Guardian Guide in 2014.
  • Be inspired by staff who lead the way in their area of expertise and have active research profiles in areas including cruise management, talent management, food safety and choice and technology in hospitality.
  • Our network of high profile partners (Millennium Copthorne Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Dartington Halls Trust and Carnival UK) forms the foundation for the Plymouth University Hotel School. Our Hotel School encourages students to learn practical skills and brings the industry into the classroom.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, we’ll give you an introduction to hospitality management. You’ll learn how to tackle the basics of food and drink operations, keeping an efficient front office and learning how to manage facilities. You’ll start to build your customer service management skills and your expertise in business and finance. You’ll also have the opportunity to support your learning by studying a modern language, such as French, German, Spanish or Mandarin. Other optional modules include cruise operations or food safety.
    Core modules
    Optional modules
  • Year 2
  • In your second year you’ll build on your management skills and discover how to develop a hospitality and tourism business. Choose to expand your horizons and immerse yourself in the industry with an optional year studying in the USA on our highly recommended exchange programme. You’ll continue to improve your language skills, enabling you to understand cultural differences and manage front of house operations – a major advantage for many hospitality organisations. You’ll also learn research methods essential for your placement year and final project.
    Core modules
    Optional modules
  • Optional placement year
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take a paid work placement after your second year and earn yourself a Certificate of Industrial Placement. Boost your confidence and start to climb the industry ladder. You’ll spend a year in a placement honing your skills, gaining invaluable experience and making professional contacts. Major employers such as Cunard, Hilton, Marriot and Sodexo have previously offered placements to our students.
    Core modules
  • Final year
  • In your final year you’ll investigate what it takes to be a successful hospitality manager, expanding the knowledge and critical skills you’ve gained so far. You’ll develop expertise and confidence in managing service quality, business and finance strategy. You’ll also have the opportunity to shape your own pathway by choosing a specific interest area you feel passionate about, which you’ll investigate in depth as your honours project.
    Core modules
    Optional modules
    • ELC314 International Business Communication

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

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 Hospitality Management 16 17 0473

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


A level

Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

International Baccalaureate

26 overall to include 4 at 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.


All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) 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.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed

Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

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