OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management


The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification is to support learners’ development as managers within the tourism and hospitality industry.

The Level 4 units introduce relevant Tourism and Hospitality topics that combine theoretical knowledge with practical application. The qualification will provide learners with knowledge and skills in the areas of academic and research skills, the tourism and hospitality business environment, the development of the tourism and hospitality industry, services marketing, consumer behaviour, sustainability in tourism and hospitality and event management.

Successful completion of this qualification will support learners in progressing to university and providing learners with the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the world of work in their chosen sector.

  • Entry requirements

    OTHM Level 4 qualifications: Learners aged 18 or above

    The entry profile for learners is likely to include at least one of the following:

    Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent qualification

    GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification

    Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

    English requirements:  Visit  English Entry Requirements  page

  • Equivalences

    OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.

  • Qualification structure

    The OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours of Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

  • Mandatory units

    Academic Writing and Research Skills (20 credits)
    Business Environment for Tourism and Hospitality (20 credits)
    Services Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality (20 credits)
    Sustainability in Tourism and Hospitality (20 credits)
    Events Management (20 credits)
    The Development of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry (20 credits)

  • Duration and delivery

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

  • Assessment and 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.

  • Progression

    Successful completion of the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification provides learners with the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions, including progression to relevant OTHM Level 5 Diplomas.

    As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are also eligible to gain direct entry into Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.