Travel and Tourism Courses at Derby College

The travel and tourism industry offers a range of careers in a multitude of destinations. If you are interested in travel, like meeting people and enjoy planning and organising, a career in this fast-moving industry will suit you.

Is this you?

  • Excellent people skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Understanding and tactful approach
  • Confident and friendly manner
  • Good customer service
  • IT know-how

Getting into Travel and Tourism


  • Full time at College There is a range of full-time Travel and Tourism courses at Derby College, with different entry points depending on your GCSE results.
  • Apprenticeships These are available in areas including travel agency work, tourist information and occasionally aviation operations on the ground. For some apprenticeships, you might need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education You could develop your career by completing higher level qualifications such as a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree. These courses can cover Tourism Management, Events Management, Marketing or a range of other disciplines.
  • Jobs Roles in this industry include air cabin crew, airline customer service assistants, cruise ship stewards, event managers, tour operators, travel agents, tourist information professionals, holiday centre/hotel managers and even jobs at major tourist attractions such as Disneyland. It is worth noting that more people are booking holidays and flights online, so the advice sought on holidays is now more specialist.

    You can start work as a trainee in travel and tourism and do further training on the job. However, employers may be seeking previous experience of customer service and the ability to speak a foreign language could be an advantage. For careers like air cabin crew, you will need to be over 18 – some airlines state over 21. Most have a minimum height and weight requirement but this can also vary.

Helping turn holiday dreams into reality is a truly rewarding job. With a Travel and Tourism course at Derby College, you can map out your future in one of the most popular career destinations of all.

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Retail and Customer Service are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Maths & English

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Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston

Taking off with a cabin crew career

High-flier Daniel Johnston clinched a cabin crew job with Ryanair – even before completing his Derby College course!

Always interested in seeing more of the world, he progressed so well on the Air Cabin Crew Diploma that he was ideally prepared for the highly competitive Ryanair recruitment process.

Having embarked on his learning journey in 2013, Daniel was amazed at how many unusual opportunities his course offered.

One highlight was a day at the British Airways Training Centre at Heathrow – learning about safety procedures, undertaking role plays in a mock crash simulator and trying out an evacuation slide. Another was a fire training course at East Midlands Airport.

I’ve always wanted to travel – cabin crew is my dream job. When I first joined Derby College, I saw the Diploma as a qualification which could probably lead to a job a few years down the line. Then I got a job before I’d even finished College!

I’d like to move into visual merchandising one day but at the moment I enjoy what I do and M&S is a great business to work for.

Working with Ryanair will open up so many doors for my future but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the College.

Did you Know?

  • 2.6 million people work in the tourism industry in the UK
  • The UK is the 7th largest international tourism destination
  • By 2025, Britain will have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion, with the capacity to support 3.8 million jobs
  • In 2013 UK residents made 3.5% more visits abroad than in 2012 and spent £2.5 billion more
  • Overseas visitors to Britain are expected to rise to 40 million per year by 2020

Recent Vacancies

Tourist centre assistant
£12,000 – £16,000 per year.
Booking business and leisure travel for customers

Senior travel agent
£30,000+ per year.
Dealing with orders and despatch of goods

Air cabin crew
£14,000–£16,000 per year starting salary.
Making sure passengers have a comfortable and safe flight

Tour manager
£15,000–£20,000 per year.
Managing travel arrangements and accompanying holiday-makers

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Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and in the workplace

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Useful Websites
Information and advice about jobs in the passenger transport and travel industries
Information on travel industry careers including cabin crew and holiday rep jobs


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