BSc (Hons) Travel and Tourism

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

  • Hear from our Department Head of Marketing, Events, Travel and Tourism - Philip Pryce

Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by University of Plymouth
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option

Next start date

June 2018


February, June, October

Study options

3 years, 2 years


Greenwich, Greenford**

*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run at each campus

**This degree programme is not running in June at our Greenford Campus


Want a career that’s really going places? Our degree in Travel and Tourism is your passport to success in one of the UK’s fastest growing industry sectors.


  • Hear from our Department Head of Marketing, Events, Travel and Tourism - Philip Pryce

Why choose this degree?

This degree focuses on key areas of the fast-paced global Travel and Tourism industry. You will gain knowledge and skills for embarking on a successful and exciting career, whether in countries with well-established tourism products or in developing nations:

  • Learn how the industry operates and the effects it has on local infrastructure and world economies
  • Taught by a dynamic team of practitioners in the field
  • Links with the Institute of Travel and Tourism
  • Simulations, coursework and live projects, including consultancy or work-based learning
  • Field trips, guest speakers and professional talks
  • Involvement in the annual Tourism, Events and Marketing Week
  • Choose your specialism from the various elective modules
  • Option to gain the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) professional qualification based on taught modules

Where will this degree take me?

The Travel and Tourism degree will equip you with skills sought after by travel and tourism companies and help you to gauge an understanding of international tourism businesses. You will develop strong business management and communication skills, broadening your job prospects. You can aim for a job in travel, tourism or hospitality management, marketing and customer services.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to enhance self-reflection and personal development. The stages of the programme are designed to facilitate increasingly challenging learning techniques as students progress.

  • At stage zero (if applicable): embarking on the Foundation course will be the stepping stone towards achieving the degree in which your strengths can be realised. The first semester is the same for all students however in the second semester a choice of two further elective modules will be chosen to prepare for the degree you will be commencing.
  • At stage one: modules will cover fundamental academic and professional knowledge and skills aimed at ensuring that a strong foundation is established upon which to build key employability skills at the next level.
  • At stage two: while developing the relevant travel and tourism knowledge, students will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement or design and implement a project.

  • At stage three: the employability theme continues and students will be given the opportunity to choose between undertaking a dissertation, consultancy project or work-based learning.


To read more about each module in detail for this programme click here 

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

Foundation year:

  • Semester 1 English for academic purposes, Numeracy 1, Introduction to Computer Skills, Effectiveness in the Business World
  • Semester 2 English for Academic Purposes 2, Numeracy 2 Elective Modules (choose two) Understanding Accounting and Finance, Understanding Human Resources Management, Understanding Law, Understanding Management, Understanding Marketing and Events, Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environment’s, Understanding Oil and Gas, Understanding Technology, Understanding Travel and Tourism      

Three and two-year degrees:

  • Semester 1: Academic Skills, Management and Organisations, and Marketing and Communications
  • Semester 2: Professional Skills, Customer Service Management for Travel and Tourism, Financial Decision Making for Travel and Tourism, and Fundamentals of Travel and Tourism
  • Semester 3: Policy and Planning in the Tourism Industry, Employability Skills, and Elective modules (Equal to 30 Credits) Digital Marketing, Cultural Tourism, E-Tourism, and Airline, Travel Agency and Tour Operations
  • Semester 4: Project/Placement Design and Implementation, and Evaluation and Reflection (Work Based/Related Learning)
  • Semester 5: Emerging Themes, Strategic Planning for Travel and Tourism, and Elective modules (Choose One) Research Methods or Research and the Professional
  • Semester 6: Capstone Project (Dissertation/Consultancy Project/Work Based Learning), and (Plus Electives equal to 30 Credits) Hospitality and Venue Management, Destination Marketing, Tourism Services Operations Management, Simulation of Travel and Tourism Operations, or Sustainable Tourism

Programme specification

Please see the programme specification for further details on this programme; note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and hold one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • 2 A Levels (A*-E, 32 UCAS points);  New UCAS entry tariff for 2017 explained
  • GSM London’s Foundation Year programme (with a minimum of 120 credits);
  • Equivalent qualifications (subject to University of Plymouth approval) including: BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced


If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the programme, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. 

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.


*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s:  Young or Vulnerable Applicants

Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered on your individual merits via our non-standard entry process.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • A fully completed and up to date CV
  • Evidence of at least 1 year of full-time work experience
  • signed and stamped work reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.


Candidates who do not meet the requirements as listed above maybe able to apply for our Foundation Year programme. 


Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from an undergraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by University of Plymouth.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.


Please seeAdvanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning for further details.


Tuition fees



  • 2 years, *£8,000 per year
  • 3 years, *£6,000 per year



  • 2 years, *£12,750 per year
  • 3 years, *£8,500 per year

Students taking the Digital Marketing module as part of their programme may also register to receive a Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute conditional on passing the module assessment. A registration fee of £300 will be applicable for this additional DMI recognition this is not covered by student loans.

Payment of the full fee is required before teaching commences. Payment plans are available, contact us for more details.

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated degree programme. Degrees at GSM London are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for this degree programme to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. Visit for more information.

Apply direct to GSM London

You can apply directly to GSM London by completing our online application form.

Applications can also be submitted in person at one of our campuses: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.You can do this by booking a meeting with a course advisor.

You'll need to include the following documents with your application form:

  • Originals of your qualifications
  • Your CV/Resume
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A document to verify your address see table of acceptable evidence below

Table of address evidence:

Mortgage statement


Issued in last 12 months

Bank or building society statement

UK and Channel Islands or EEA

Issued in last 3 months

Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter


Issued in last 3 months

Credit card statement


Issued in last 3 months

Financial statement, eg pension or endowment


Issued in last 12 months

P45 or P60 statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Council Tax statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Work permit or visa


Valid up to expiry date

Utility bill

UK - not mobile telephone bill

Issued in last 3 months

Benefit statement, eg Child Benefit, Pension


Issued in last 3 months

Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 3 months

Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Apply through UCAS

You can also apply through UCAS (undergraduates only) by contacting our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7856 and quoting your 10-digit UCAS ID number and details of your chosen programme. We may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, you can visit the UCAS website here to register and apply.

UCAS Code Information

Greenwich School of Management (GSM London)

Institution Code Name: GSM London

Institution Code: G74

Programme Codes:

  • Two-year accelerated, NN28
  • Two-year extended (includes Year Zero), NN18
  • Three-year, NND2
  • Three-year extended (includes Year Zero), NNC8
Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Registration and enrolment

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing programme cost and duration.  

If you choose to accept the offer you will need to return the acceptance form to the Admissions Team and agree and sign the Terms and conditions (standard student contract).  Once you have accepted your place you will be offered an induction date to commence your studies.  This will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

Key information sets about this programme