This course is suitable for students wishing to have a career in travel and tourism. It is both practical and theoretical and includes a residential trip and integrated educational visits.
Ideally you will have an interest in all aspects of the industry. During the course you will learn about the business of travel and tourism, the UK as a destination as well as customer service in travel and tourism. You will learn about tour operations, holiday representatives, events management, entertainments for holidaymakers and sustainable tourism.
The Diploma course is equivalent to 2 A levels and made up of 12 subject units for which you need 4 GCSEs at A* - C. The Extended Diploma is 18 units and is equivalent to 3 A levels for which you need 5 GCSEs at A* - C.
Although much of the course is classroom-based, we maximise opportunities to learn outside the classroom whenever possible.
You will be expected to work independently to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines.
During the course you gain practical experiences such as staging entertainment for holidaymakers, overseas visits and attractions visits. The college has excellent links to local and national tourism organisations that are used for practical trips for research and case study.
You will be expected to study GCSE or functional skills in maths and English if necessary.
4/5 GCSEs at A*-C, or acceptable alternatives, including English Language.
You will study OCN Level 1 Spanish unless you already have a C grade at GCSE.
You will produce a portfolio of coursework evidence throughout the 2 years.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course will be outgoing, energetic and highly motivated with a keen interest in travel and tourism.
You are expected to take part in compulsory trips and visits including a one week overseas residential to investigate the impacts of tourism on a destination. Day visits take place to popular UK destinations. Compulsory trips and visits will cost approximately £200 in Year 1 and £400 in Year 2. For those in hardship help is available from the college Learner Support Fund.