This course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills, along with work experience, to help you gain employment within the holiday industry and progress to the next level of study.
You should have a desire to work with people and should be interested in travel and holiday destinations.
You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy skills and should be able to organise your written work into your portfolio.
All individuals will attend an interview to discuss the course and what it entails. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out if this course is for you.
The units you will undertake cover themes such as:
The course is continuously assessed using a wide range of methods including projects and practical assessments, displays and role play exercises. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.
You will need to have the correct uniform:
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, you may wish to progress to further study such as the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism or the Level 2 Diploma in Cabin Crew.
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the travel and tourism industry, including roles such as tour operator, travel agent, air cabin crew and tourist centre assistant.
(These qualifications are on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
Former Travel and Tourism student Daisy Gallacher clinched a holiday rep job at national company Thomson Holidays thanks to the industry insight she gained during her course. Daisy had originally set her sights on a cabin crew job but, after learning more about the career opportunities at holiday resorts.
"The course showed me the opportunities available in the travel and tourism industry and, as I love working with people, I set my sights on a reps job.
"This was the first job that I applied for whilst still at College. We had to go through a lengthy recruitment process but I was delighted when I got the high season job.
"Knowing about the industry and the specific role of the reps was definitely an advantage.
"It is a contract until the early Autumn and I will then be well placed to apply for other jobs around the company at resorts across the world."