Level 7 Executive Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Level 7 Executive Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management provides an industry relevant postgraduate academic progression route for those who want to build on their bachelor's level qualification or improve their career progression.

Programme Overview

This university endorsed international qualification is appropriate for both hospitality and tourism graduates and experienced hospitality and tourism managers without a first degree.

It also provides an effective route for graduates in other fields who wish to make a career change into the growing hospitality and tourism sectors.

This is a 360 Guided Learning Hour programme where students are required to demonstrate interpersonal, self study and research and presentation skills throughout the qualification. Assessments are developed to encourage skills that will provide students with a very strong foundation for further advancement in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Students can achieve the Guided Learning Hours in a combination of face to face classroom interactions, attending seminars, visits to hotels, self study and group study, as well as independent study and research work.

The postgraduate Level 7 Executive Diploma assessment methods have been designed to enable students to demonstrate Level 7 outcomes for this level of qualification.

Given the broad and highly varied nature of the hospitality and tourism industry, candidates will need to demonstrate the higher-level skills and qualities specified in the Level 7 outcomes within a non-homogeneous vocational context.


Assessment involves investigative assignments, presentations and action research activities. The assessment of candidates' work is centre-based, against the specified learning outcomes and directed by CTH. All centres are expected to demonstrate a robust assessment system. In order to manage the quality of assessment within approved centres, CTH carries out external marking and moderation of assessments.

Programme Objectives

  • To understand the interrelationship between the hospitality and tourism sectors.
  • To explore the strategic issues in business development, rather than operational level issues.
  • To secure employment at senior supervisory/management level.
  • To secure progression on to the dissertation stage of a Masters Degree.

Admission requirements

Minimum of a recognised university degree in a relevant hospitality, tourism or management subject. Equivalence for non-UK degrees should be evaluated though NARIC. Non-graduates and holders of non-relevant degrees - A minimum of 5 years of evidence work experience at managerial level within the hospitality & tourism industries. (Subject to individual approval by CTH). Successful completion of the CTH Level 6 Professional Diploma. All applicants must hold at least IELTS 6.0 or other evidence of competence in English at this level.

Entry & Progression


Sample Certificate


Syllabus Overview:

CTH Level 7 Executive Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (QAN: 601/0276/7)

Students must achieve:
  • Both mandatory units, providing a combined 90 credits
  • 1 optional unit, providing 30 credits
i.e. a total of 120 credits, all at level 7
Credit Value (CV): 120
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for Qualification: 360 Total Qualification Time (TQT) for Qualification: 1200
Mandatory Units
Unit Code Unit Title L CV GLH URN Assessment Method
HTMS Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Strategies 7 30 90 A/505/2794 Assignment 80% Presentation 20%
MLAC Management and Leadership Across Cultures 7 30 90 F/505/2795 Assignment 80% Presentation 20%
HTSP Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Planning 7 30 90 J/505/2796 Assignment 100%
Optional Units. A total of 30 credits (one unit) to be taken
MHTP Managing Hospitality and Tourism Projects 7 30 90 L/505/2797 Assignment 100%
RMHTM Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism Managers 7 30 90 R/505/2798 Assignment 80% Presentation 20%
Executive Diploma Total (4 units) 120 360
Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Strategies:

Enable students to develop their understanding of marketing strategies and public relations tactics in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Assessment: Assignment

Management and Leadership Across Cultures:

Develop a critical understanding of the range of issues associated with management and leadership across cultures.
Assessment: Assignment

Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Planning:

Enable students to develop skills in strategic analysis and strategic planning. The module also considers risk evaluation and management, as well as business ethics.
Assessment: Assignment

Plus ONE of the following options:

Managing Hospitality and Tourism Projects:

The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop understanding and skills in project management and decision-making. Students should critically evaluate a range of management tools and apply them practically through a project plan.
Assessment: Assignment

Research Methods for Hospitality and Tourism Managers:

The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop understanding and skills in research design, research methods and research presentation.
Assessment: Assignment

Masters Pathway

CTH Executive Diploma graduates have access to a range of universities to convert their Executive Diploma into a Masters Degree. Some of these are shown below but for full details click here.

Thames College

“I have always being passionate about being a part of the travel industry. I knew it would be a challenge considering the continuously changing industry landscape without the right knowledge and qualification in hand. This is why I decided to invest my time and money to study a globally acclaimed, gold standard professional CTH qualification through Thames College, Sri Lanka.”

“The guidance of a professional and well experienced lecture panel at Thames College helped me to complete my CTH Diploma level 5 successfully and continue up to Level 7. As a result I was eligible for a full scholarship for Bachelor (Hons) degree top up from Glyndwr University London.”

“It’s with great pleasure and confidence that I recommend both CTH Qualification and Thames College to anyone who wishes to pursue their career in tourism and hospitality. I very much believe it will be a passport to enhanced career opportunities in the global tourism and hospitality industry as I go forward to build my career.”

Amal Nishantha JayasingheSenior Executive - Aitken Spence TravelsThames College Ex-StudentSri Lanka