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Plymouth University

Tourism Management

UCAS Code: N800
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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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

Any subject is considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Any subject is considered.

International Baccalaureate

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English considered within

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 want to work in a fast-paced global industry, meeting the needs of tourists and working with destination managers? With our degree you'll learn about the commercial side of tourism with a broader approach to understanding tourism as a social phenomenon, helping you create innovative approaches and develop management skills vital to your future success. You'll also review the principles of tourism planning in the UK and overseas, and have the opportunity to learn a new language. You will broaden your horizons and enhance your learning experience by taking advantage of our field trips – throughout the course you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of locations. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to boost your employability by taking a placement with paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. You will gain invaluable experience, bolster your skills and enhance your employment prospects. Gain a competitive advantage by learning to meet the changing needs of the tourism industry on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and the Tourism Management Institute. Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into areas such as the social impacts of tourism, the relationship between tourism and crime, working conditions in the industry, the adoption and reporting of corporate social responsibility, literary and heritage tourism, particularly in Cornwall. Gain access to the latest developments in the field through our programme of experienced and innovative guest speakers, who have recently included Lucy Leith, Overseas Operations Executive, VisitBritain and Carl Lamb, Marketing and Communications Manager, Newquay Zoo. According to the UNWTO, one in 11 jobs worldwide are now in tourism, so you will enhance your career opportunities through our focus on employability. Expand your horizons on a course consistently ranked as one of the best places to study tourism: we have been ranked tenth overall out of 37 by the Guardian University Guide 2014: League Table for Tourism, Transport and Travel and 12th out of 49 overall by the Sunday Times University Guide 2014: Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the course 12th place out of 60 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism. Recognised as a Centre of Excellence for The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) .The ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise universities leading in these fields.


In your first year, you'll explore the key issues of today’s tourism industry and the social, political and environmental pressures placed on it. You’ll also investigate concepts of tourism management and have the opportunity to choose from additional subjects relevant to your career, including studying a language. You'll participate in residential field work, most recently students visited Concarneau in Brittany. In your second year, you'll learn the skills required to manage a business and review theories of tourism planning in the UK and overseas alongside concepts of tourism research, in preparation for your final year project. During this year, you can continue to develop your language skills. Overseas field work has been embedded with recent destinations including Barcelona, Malaga, Prague and Belfast. In your final year, you're given the opportunity to develop your passion by researching a tourism issue that excites you, for your final honours project. You can use this when applying for jobs to highlight the skills you have developed on the course. You'll also deepen your insights in areas such as sustainable tourism, business strategy, literary tourism or entrepreneurship. 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

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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 88%
Student score 81% 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
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
66% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
319 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.
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