This course has been designed for students who work - or want to work - in holiday centres, tour operator companies, travel agencies, tourist information centres, tourist attractions, cruise line companies or conference and events organisations.
You will need a minimum of either Maths or English GCSE at grade C (4) plus Maths or English GCSE at grade D (3) plus two other GCSEs at grade D (3).
It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance and meeting deadlines.
If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
You will cover a variety of units:
You will be assessed via practical tasks, tests and assignments.
All students are required to wear the standard uniform which you can order during enrolment. The cost is approximately £135, including a jacket, skirt for ladies and trousers for men, a shirt 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 advance to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aviation.
You can explore roles such as travel agent, tour operator, rep in a holiday centre and tourist information officer as well as jobs on cruise liners, with tourist attractions and with conference or events organisations.
Taking leisure and tourism qualifications with Derby College led to the job in travel Dave Essam had always dreamed of.
Thanks to the knowledge – and confidence – he gained at South East Derbyshire College (now part of Derby College Group), he enjoyed a long career with Co-op Travel, spending more than seven years as assistant manager of the flagship Ilkeston branch.
Dave, now 40, said: “Working in the travel industry was amazing. I went all over the world and got to see so many countries, including America and Australia.”
Despite loving his work, he decided to switch careers in 2009, and is now operations director of Frontline Recruitment. He found the management and people skills he acquired while working in travel highly transferable to the recruitment sector.
Dave attributes much of his career success to the help and support he received when he first went to college aged 17.
He said: “I liked my time at college. It was a good set up and going there did a lot for my confidence. The lecturers were great – really supportive – and I’m still in touch with one of them, Julie Gibson. My family was going through a tough time back then as my mum had just been diagnosed with MS. The staff on my course were understanding and did all they could to help me. They worked hard for all of us and wanted everyone on the course to do well.”
Dave was promoted to his current role with Frontline Recruitment in February 2019. The business delivers temporary, permanent and on-site recruitment solutions in sectors such as commercial, driving and industrial to clients in the UK & Europe.
I liked my time at college. It was a good set up and going there did a lot for my confidence. The lecturers were great – really supportive – and I’m still in touch with one of them, Julie Gibson. My family was going through a tough time back then as my mum had just been diagnosed with MS. The staff on my course were understanding and did all they could to help me. They worked hard for all of us and wanted everyone on the course to do well.