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Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality

Course Description

The objective of the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification is to develop learners’ management knowledge and skills within the tourism and hospitality industry. Learners will critically evaluate contemporary knowledge and theories and use these to propose solutions to complex management problems.

Successful completion of the qualification will equip learners with the specialist skills and knowledge they need to plan and manage their work areas, to make effective decisions, and to adapt effectively to the needs of a range of tourism and hospitality organisations.


For entry onto OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 5 diploma or equivalent recognised qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. 


OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 6 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.


The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

  • Strategic Marketing (20 credits): develops learners’ ability to critically analyse and apply strategic marketing approaches to tourism and hospitality organisations. This will include developing strategic marketing plans and evaluating new products and services. The unit requires the ability to research relevant information from a range of academic and industry sources.
  • Tourism Policy and Planning (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the principles of tourism policy and planning. Learners will analyse theories and concepts from the fields of public policy, tourism management and planning and will create tourism plans that acknowledge the roles of multiple stakeholders and possible courses of action in a destination.
  • Organisational Behaviour and Performance (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of behaviour, performance, leadership and management dynamics in tourism and hospitality organisations.
  • Technology in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry (20 credits): provides learners with a critical appreciation of the role of technology within the tourism and hospitality industry. This will include an evaluation of the impacts of new and emerging technology on organisational operations as well as the impacts of the internet and social media on consumer behaviour and tourism and hospitality marketing.
  • Tourism and International Development (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the relationship between tourism and international development. Learners will evaluate theories of international development and apply these in a tourism context. Learners will apply development indicators and make judgements about the extent to which tourism supports sustainable development.
  • Researching Tourism and Hospitality Management (20 credits): develops learners’ skills in designing and carrying out research projects to inform the management of tourism and hospitality organisations. Learners will evaluate approaches to the collection and analysis of data relating to management problems and make judgements about future action based on this data.

Duration & delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered through Distance Learning via our online learning portal.

Assessment & verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Successful completion of Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including relevant OTHM Level 7 Diplomas. This qualification has been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. As the Level 6 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to gain direct entry into relevant Master’s degree programmes. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.