If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in the travel and tourism sector, this one-year course is for you. It is designed to enable you to develop your skills and pursue a career in a fun and energetic environment.
The course will give you a general overview of the sector, the opportunities it offers, the potential for career progression and the skills needed to succeed in this fast-paced industry. You will go on visits to airports and related organisations and you will also undertake a team building day as team work is crucial within the travel and tourism industry.
You will need a minimum of grade C (4) in Maths or English and grade D (3) in Maths or English. In addition you will need a further three GCSEs at grade C (4) or a Merit grade at Level 2 in a relevant subject.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
During the programme, you will develop your knowledge in:
You will also study maths or English and undertake work experience.
Assessment will be carried out using a variety of methods, including role play, presentations and activities, assignments and controlled assessments.
All students are required to wear the standard uniform, which you will be able to order during enrolment. The cost for the whole uniform is approximately £135.00, which includes a jacket, skirt for ladies and trousers for men, shirts and either a tie or scarf. You may be able to secure financial support towards the cost of the uniform.
There will also be a nominal charge for trips and visits.
You can go into specialist areas of employment including airlines, tourism centres, theme parks, travel companies and airports. Roles could include working in a travel agency, with a tourist board, as a holiday representative or as an entertainer at a theme park.
Alternatively you can take your qualifications to the next level and undertake a Level 4 qualification in the relevant sector.
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."