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Plymouth University

International Hospitality Management

UCAS Code: N223
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Management studies
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

96 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Considered in combination

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Any subject is considered.

International Baccalaureate

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Do you have what it takes to be an effective and culturally sensitive manager of hotels, resorts, conference centres and cruise ships that attract visitors from all over the world? Acknowledged as one of the best UK universities for this kind of degree, with Plymouth you will develop international business and management skills to set you on course for a top position in the hospitality industry. You will gain up-to-date knowledge and contacts through our newly launched Plymouth University Hotel School, which has added a unique new dimension to the course and is designed to help secure you the best graduate employment opportunities. You’ll also boost your future career prospects and gain industry experience by taking the option to go on a paid work placement in your third year and receive the additional Certificate of Industrial Experience after successful completion. Gain a competitive advantage and learn to meet the changing needs of the tourism industry in rapidly changing times, on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Be part of a course ranked tenth out of 37 by the Guardian University Guide 2014: League Table for Tourism, Transport and Travel and 12th out of 49 by the Sunday Times University Guide 2014: Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the course 12th out of 60 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. Gain up-to-date knowledge and contacts through our newly launched Plymouth University Hotel School, which has added a unique new dimension to the course and is designed to help secure you the best graduate employment opportunities. Learn and practice a new foreign language including Spanish, French, German and Mandarin. Developing a second language is valued by hospitality organisations as it helps you understand cultural differences and prepares you for a role in front of house operations. Maximise your potential by learning through case study work, consultancy projects for real companies, research on new entrepreneurial hospitality organisations, and designing effective marketing campaigns. You'll also have the opportunity to publish your findings at academic conferences and in journals. Take advantage of our high quality teaching, informed by staff research, contributes to the tourism and hospitality groups excellent rating, 23 out of 24, given by the Quality Assurance Agency. Visit a variety of locations with our supported field work. In the past students have visited Scotland, Majorca and France to investigate a range of small and large hospitality businesses in different cultural settings and areas of the industry. Boost your future career prospects and gain industry experience by taking the option to go on a paid work placement in your third year and receive the additional Certificate of Industrial Experience after successful completion.


Your first year will give you a broad overview of the hospitality industry. You will improve your knowledge of business and develop an appreciation of the standards and service consistency needed for food and drink operations, front office, managing facilities and customer service. You will learn a new language or improve on an existing one, such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin, and you will develop an understanding of culture and society in relation to your chosen language. In your second year, you will improve your management skills and discover how hospitality businesses are created and developed globally. You will become familiar with systems that support effective food and drink operations and facilities, and boost your language skills by taking part in cultural field work. Research methods will provide you with the skills to engage in both academic and business research, giving you an excellent base for placements that involve market research. In your final year, you will further develop your knowledge and critical skills and undertake the honours project – this will provide you with an opportunity to investigate topics in greater detail through a management-style dissertation. You will study core modules including managing innovation, business strategy for tourism and hospitality, and culture and society. Our elective topics include languages, leadership and talent management, and contemporary issues in tourism. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
31% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
275 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
59% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k LOW
Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although management degrees are a popular choice, with nearly 5,800 degrees awarded, numbers fell quite a bit last year. It's not a surprise to hear that a lot of graduates from the subject went into management, and remember that, for this degree, a lot of the jobs are in London. But management graduates tried their hands at all sorts of different jobs last year — not just those within the finance industry, but also marketing, human resources, sales, business development and accountancy. And for management grads wanting something a little left-field, our serious shortage of surveyors means well over a hundred graduates a year are taking this lucrative option. This is a flexible degree that can fit graduates for all sorts of work.
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