This two-year course will give you an in-depth understanding of aviation within the travel industry. It will prepare you for working in a wide variety of different roles within an airport or airline. It will also give you the knowledge to gain employment within the growing aviation freight sector. In addition it will develop the skills needed to work in the wider travel industry and to help you achieve UCAS credits to progress into higher education.
You will hear from guest speakers representing some of the largest air travel organisations. The course also includes visits to the airport and a variety of other visits.
You will need five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, of which two must be English and Maths. Alternatively you could have a Level 2 Merit grade in a Travel and Tourism/Cabin Crew qualification and a grade 4 GCSE in Maths and English. A keen interest in the subject will also help with understanding.
You will learn about a wide range of subjects.
You will cover a variety of units over two years, for example:
A wide range of methods will be used - including controlled assessments, assignments/coursework, exams, professional presentations and practical scenarios in role plays.
All students are required to wear a business suit provided by our supplier. This must be ordered during enrolment, ready for the start of the course. The cost is approximately £135. 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 progress to a Level 4 qualification within the sector or to higher education within many universities.
There are opportunities to secure a wide variety of job roles within an airport operator, airline or the wider aviation industry. Skills gained are also relevant for many other roles within the travel industry.
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.