BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Hospitality Management with Tourism

UCAS codeNN28

full time4yrs


Widen your job opportunities to the tourism sector

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course is a variant of our BA (Hons) Hospitality Management degree with a specialist tourism strand. Encompassing everything from hotels and restaurants to cruise liners and theme parks, integrating these disciplines will ensure you have a truly global understanding of the hospitality industry. If you have your mind set on travelling, your employment opportunities are endless.

Final year BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism student Lavinia Constandache scooped the prestigious Tourism Student of the Year Award 2016, awarded by the Bella Rangel Callen, Institute of Travel.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Do a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • Delve into 'live' case studies based in hospitality and tourism organisations
  • Opt to study a foreign language, options include French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin

What opportunities might it lead to?

These days, financial rewards in the hospitality industry are attractive and positions are plentiful in this ever expanding global market – great for those with an interest in travel. So whether you see yourself working at the Ritz or even opening your own restaurant, bar or hotel, we’ll equip you with the know-how and skills to get you there.

The University has been awarded Recognised University Status from the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • event management
  • leisure
  • operations management
  • marketing
  • setting up their own business


Siwawong Polcharoen, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism student

The course has given us the opportunity to manage events and restaurant theme nights, which involved everything from designing the menus and cooking to getting customers in, which was really enjoyable.

Siwawong Polcharoen, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with Tourism student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Your first year gives you a broad understanding of essential business disciplines as well as introducing you to the key functions within the hospitality industry. Students studying the first year of this course will be provided with a kitchen uniform.

Core units in this year include:

  • Hospitality Operations
  • Legal and Environmental Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting for Hospitality and Tourism Industries
  • Marketing Practice and Principles

Year two

There is a focus on operational management issues in this year and you also get the chance to tailor your degree through our range of options.

Core units in this year include:

  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management for Hospitality
  • Management Accounting and Business Decision Making for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Managing the Tourism Product
  • Hospitality and Operations Management

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Food and Beverage Studies
  • Business Planning within Hospitality and Tourism
  • Managing Marketing in Service Organisations
  • A foreign language

Final year**

Specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines and the aspects of hospitality that particularly interest you. Your final year thoroughly prepares you for finding a post in the industry.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management (Hospitality)
  • The Tourism Experience

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Gastronomy
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Management and Development of People in the Hospitality Industry
  • Management Accounting for Strategic Analysis and Control

*Your final year of study will take place after a one year compulsory industry placement.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 31% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 69% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 77% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 0% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 0% studying independently and 100% on work placement
  • Year four students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 81% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • case studies
  • practical assignments
  • your choice of independent research

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 27% by written exams, 16% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
  • Year two students: 33% by written exams, 18% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year three students: 0% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 100% by coursework
  • Year four students: 17% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 83% by coursework

Tutor's view


Jennifer Johnston
Course leader, Hospitality degree programmes

This four year programme provides you with the opportunity to develop business management expertise alongside professional operations management skills.

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Facilities & Features

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Hospitality is a booming industry with 10% of the population working in a hospitality-related employment. The chance to develop a career with a global company is a great way to broaden your horizons. Once you take that first step onto the ladder, promotion in the hospitality world can be extremely rapid.

You can expect to find career opportunities in areas such as hotels, restaurants, event and facilities management, clubs, resorts, spas and healthcare operations. Or, you may even want to start your own business.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • events manager
  • operations manager
  • personnel training manager
  • conference and banqueting manager

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full- time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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