Do you want to further your career within the travel and tourism sector?
If you are looking for a career that incorporates travel, business and customer relations, then studying a Travel and Tourism course could be a good option for you. The travel and tourism industry is one of the biggest in the world and can provide a wealth of employment opportunities around the globe.
To enable you to be successful in this fast-paced and ever-changing industry, this one-year HNC programme will equip you with the core skills and knowledge in all aspects of travel and tourism management. This can lead to progression into a wide range of career opportunities such as working in the airline industry, holiday companies, cruise ships, hotels and theme parks. Other employment opportunities could include working in event management, marketing or even logistics. This course can also lead to further study including the Level 5 HND programme in Travel and Tourism Management.
The delivery of the course will be across three days and it will consist of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and visits. These visits are optional and therefore any costs are not included in the course fees. You will be expected to undertake at least six hours of self-study each week to enhance your development while studying Travel and Tourism.
The programme consists of eight mandatory modules and will be delivered at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus. The delivery team are subject specialists and experienced in Higher Education.
As a requirement of the course, you will need to undertake a mandatory work placement within the travel and tourism industry which you will need to arrange. This placement will consist of 120 hours, equivalent to two days per week or as determined by the work placement provider. You will need to factor in any associated travel costs to and from the work placements as well as any general costs such as lunch or specialist clothing as required.
This is a new course and will run with a minimum of six students.
This one-year programme is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by Pearson Edexcel.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
A minimum of 48 UCAS points or a Level 3 professional qualification. Relevant qualifications would be in Travel and Tourism and Business.
You will also need:
Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*C) to include English and Maths
We also welcome applicants who do not have subject specific qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
On the HNC in Travel and Tourism Management programme you will cover a wide range of subjects, from the management and advertising aspects of travel and tourism to the economic and financial impacts and constraints of the sector.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, reports, individual presentations, group presentations, learner-led seminars, group projects, interactive displays, case studies, blogs and a portfolio that shows your personal and professional development. On the course you will develop and will be assessed on your academic writing and research skills, your teamwork and communications skills, presentation skills and IT skills among many more. All of these skills are essential in the travel and tourism industry.
All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating personal and professional skills.
You will need to have access to a computer with Microsoft Office software (this software can be accessed for free as you are a student at Derby College). You will also need general stationery including a memory stick. The trips within this course are not compulsory but are highly recommended to enhance your learning experience. You will have the opportunity to go on an overnight visit to London, where you will experience different visitor attractions within the area and experience first-hand why visitors come to the city. The cost of this trip will not exceed £175.
Other visits will include day trips around Derbyshire to introduce you to what our area has to offer in tourist attractions. You will be given a minimum of eight weeks’ advanced notice about any trips taking place that you may wish to take part in, including costs.
Successful completion of this programme can provide you with opportunities to progress within a wide range of travel and tourism related industries including working in the aviation industry and with tour operators, cruise ships, hotels and visitor attractions. Other employment opportunities could include working in event management, marketing or even logistics. This course can also lead to further study, including the Level 5 HND programme in Travel and Tourism Management.
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."