This course is a high quality, industry recognised course and is for students wishing to gain detailed knowledge, skills and experience in a variety of areas of the travel and tourism industry. This will create a sound background to either working in travel and tourism or progressing on to higher education. It will develop your critical thinking and research skills and is ideal for self-motivated and driven people capable of studying independently to achieve clearly set objectives.
A minimum of 95% attendance is expected throughout the course, meeting assessment hand in dates and having passed a progression interview (progression is not automatic to the year 2 Extended Diploma).
The initial City and Guilds Diploma consists of the following units of study. In the first year, you will study:
Worldwide Travel and tourism Destinations
Promotion and Sales
Tourism in the UK
Investigating the Cruise Industry
Further units in year 2 specialise in particular aspects of the industry, for example
Events Conferences and Exhibitions
Special Interest Holidays
Worldwide Adventure Tourism
Developing an entertainment Programme
Principles of Supervising Customer Service
Development of Tour Operations
Progression to Year 2 to the Extended Diploma involves further 9-10 units in Year 2, specialising in particular aspects of the industry, for example:
UK Visitor Attractions
Retail Travel Operations
Events Conferences and Exhibitions
To support your studies, and expand your knowledge and experience of the industry, you will participate in a number of educational study trips such as visits to overseas destinations (e.g. New York), as well as UK destinations, theme parks and trade shows. These trips are optional but greatly encouraged and students should be prepared for a financial outlay in respect of this.
You will also study the skills required to prepare for employment and you may undertake a Work Placement to give you valuable experience in the industry, a good reference – and boost your CV and interview prospects.
To prepare you for a career in Travel and Tourism, we set high standards in personal appearance and behaviour for our students: you will be expected to adhere to a strict dress code both in class and around College, be ready and prepared for lessons and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
You can progress onto higher education – you will be expected to achieve high grades throughout your course to give you the edge over other university applicants. Popular progression routes are Foundation Degree in Travel and Tourism Management, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management, BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management, as well as related degrees in Events Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Other popular progression routes include straight into employment – in overseas resorts, in UK based tour operators and travel agencies and in groundside aviation operations.
You will improve your chances of gaining employment in the travel and tourism industry such as travel agencies, tour operators, visitor attractions, overseas work such as resort representatives whilst improving your communication and vocational skills.
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
We're proud to be able to offer Dual Career Accreditation via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. This is a Sport England funded partnership between athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sport.
The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.