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Foundation Degree Sustainable Tourism Management

Our new Foundation degree in Sustainable Tourism Management is validated by the University of Plymouth, and will look at the short and long-term sustainability opportunities of tourism in the South West of England.

Working with employers, the course will provide you with the skills to help shape the tourism sector, ensuring it is more responsive and proactive in terms of the social, environmental and economic changes ahead.

The two-year full-time (or three years part-time) programme focuses on responsible tourism and includes modules on destination management, ethical leadership, managing sustainable festivals and events, and creating sustainable coastal communities. You will be able to pursue your own interests and passions through a research/industry project in your final year.

There is also an opportunity to have a 20-day work placement internship (including a generous bursary payment) with a tourism business or associated charity group.

During the course you will cover the following modules:

Year One
– Tourism Behaviours and Impacts
– Sustainable Coastal Communities
– Ethical Leadership
– Understanding Sustainability
– Developing Graduate Skills
– Visitor Attractions

Year Two
– Sustainable Festivals and Events
– Destination Management and Development
– Sustainability in Business
– Marketing Technologies and Digital Media
– Personal Research/Industry Project

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : HEB135F / B101 (2023)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £9250

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : HEB135P (2023)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 3 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £6166

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Course details


The method of assessment varies between modules reflecting the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. Typically, you will encounter essay and case study questions, fieldwork, group reports, discussion and presentations, larger research projects, formal examinations and in-class tests.

Entry Requirements

You should have prior attainment of a Level 3 qualification (such as A Levels, T Levels or BTEC) with the equivalent of 48 UCAS points or above. However, you may also be considered if you have relevant employment experience. Please contact our Advice & Guidance team for more information.


Upon successful completion of this programme, you can progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management at the University of Plymouth.

You will gain skills to enable you to develop tourism destinations and the visitor economy, manage visitor attraction and advise tourism businesses. You could go on to be a successful travel consultant, tourism sustainability manager, sustainability consultant, sales and marketing consultant, travel operation manager or travel writer within this exciting and dynamic industry.

Facilities and resources

We offer excellent facilities on campus and a supportive learning environment.

We have a strong emphasis on fieldwork, and links with employers and external organisations.


Q: Will I have the chance to do project work and develop my own interests?

A: There is a 40 credit research or industry project in the final year of the course.

Q: Will I have to purchase textbooks for this course?

A: There is a core reading list for each module and these books are available in our learning resource centres.

Q: Is this course suitable for mature students?

A: Yes, there is a diverse range of ages and backgrounds on this programme.

Q: Is there any funding available?

A: You will have the opportunity to take part in the HE student Internship and bursary scheme.

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Starting Date : 11/09/2023
Course Code : HEB135F / B101 (2023) North Devon campus Apply
Starting Date : 11/09/2023
Course Code : HEB135P (2023) North Devon campus Apply

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