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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 15.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times: Monday 09:00 to 12:00 and Tuesday 10:00 to 14:30 and Thursday 09:00 to 16:00 and Friday 09:00 to 14:30

Tuition (£): 6000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Hospitality and Tourism sector employs seven per cent of the working population, totalling one in every 14 jobs. Including replacement demand, an additional 660,200 people will need to be recruited up to 2020 -according to the industry's State of the Nation Report.

This Foundation Degree in International Hospitality Management, delivered in partnership with the University of Derby, will equip you with the skills to meet this demand.  Our extremely knowledgeable lecturers  are from an industry background in addition to having a number of years' teaching experience.

With its strong vocational emphasis, this course will develop the academic and professional skills and attributes you need to progress into employment at supervisory or trainee management level.  You will learn how to manage resources, people and information effectively, and you will develop valuable transferable skills like teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making and time management. 

Once you have completed the course successfully, you can also choose to apply to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management offered by the University of Derby.

This course will be delivered over four days a week at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus which includes our converted Engine Shed Restaurant with its industry-standard facilities. 

You will be timetabled in for 16 hours per week which includes taught sessions and tutorials. Self-study of approximately 15 hours will be in addition to this.

Work placements will be undertaken in establishments around Derby to help you further improve your skills. These will be organised by the College and will be incorporated into your timetable.

This course will run with a minimum of six students.  In 2015-16, nine students enrolled on the course. 

The two-year programme is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by University of Derby. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have proven knowledge and experience of working within the hospitality and catering industry.

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.

You will need: 

  • A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points
  • Five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A*- C

We also welcome applicants who lack appropriate recognised qualifications but who have relevant work experience. 

International students will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English in addition to having a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Human Resource Management for Service Industries
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Delivering the Customer Experience
  • The Hospitality Sector
  • Finance in the Service Industries
  • Research Skills
  • Hospitality Facilities Management
  • Planning and Leading Hospitality Operations
  • Supervising the Customer Experience
  • Marketing in the Service Industries
  • Business Development

How will I be assessed?

The assessment methods in the FdA International Hospitality Management programme include assignments, practical assessments, individual and group presentations, online assessments and research projects, along with  assessment of work-based learning to reflect the type of student and nature of the industry that they are entering.

Formative and summative assessments have been designed to ensure that students can demonstrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required by industry.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a Front of House uniform at the start of the course at a cost of approximately £100.

Trips will also be undertaken on an optional basis. A reasonable payment of £150 will be required if you wish to participate in these.

What can I do after this course?

The knowledge and skills developed through this programme will provide students with opportunities to progress in a range of exciting careers in the hospitality and associated industries.

Careers could be in supervisory or junior management roles within hotels, restaurants, licensed retailing, contract catering, meetings and events venues, and cruise ships.

Upon completion of the programme with a Merit profile, successful students can apply to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management.


This course is validated by The University of Derby. 



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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Carly Baxter

Carly Baxter

Carly’s hospitality foundation degree contains all the right ingredients

Commis chef and former Derby College student Carly Baxter plans to run her own fine dining establishment one day. And, thanks to taking a foundation degree in hospitality management at Derby College, she hopes to have all the ingredients she needs to make her restaurant venture a success. Carly, who initially took levels 2 and 3 in professional cookery with the College, progressed to the foundation degree in hospitality management so she could learn all aspects of the catering industry.Carly, who is currently employed as a commis chef at Breadsall Priory, is planning to go into business with a friend from College. To realise her aims she has been studying full-time at College while juggling work shifts, working virtually seven-day weeks at times.

She said: "It's my ambition to open my own fine dining restaurant but to do that I need to know everything that's involved, not just the cheffing side.

"I can't expect to be able to tell other people what to do if I've never done their job myself."

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