What is the course about?
Our holidays can be the most exciting time of our year, and are often a much-needed break from the world around us. As a result, the travel and tourism industry is about making our holidays the most enjoyable and inspiring experience possible. The industry is responsible for designing holidays, making sure that customers arrive safe with bags in hand, and ensuring that their accommodation and activities are second to none. By working in the travel and tourism industry, you can be part of making all of that possible!
With this in mind, this course will help you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed within one of the most intricate industries around. You will learn about the whole industry, discovering the different sectors involved, understanding issues, and learning how to manage the world around us. You will explore how to work within the industry and discover what is involved in making the whole industry operate.
Why should I choose the course?
This one-year qualification helps you gain the confidence and skills required to progress on to employment or further education. The qualification will prepare you to work in hotels, customer service positions, tour operators, and travel agencies. From developing your skills in customer service, to learning the fundamentals of the industry, you will develop your skills and understanding of the travel industry to prepare you to progress on to our Level 3 Travel & Tourism course. Whether you wish to work as cabin crew, airport security, tourism officer, or even a travel consultant, the career possibilities could take you anywhere!
What will I learn?
On this exciting course you will develop a range of skills needed within the travel and tourism industry. You will study a mixture of core and optional units including the UK travel and tourism industry, customer service, airports and airlines, work experience in the industry, event organisation, and guided tours. These specialist modules will develop your understanding of this unique industry and build skills in a variety of fields to enhance your career prospects.
What will the course lead on to?
Upon completion of your course, you will be able to proceed on to the Level 3 Travel & Tourism course to develop your skills further,
Higher education routes from the course are also available within the college, upon completion of the Level 3 Travel & Tourism course. You may choose to go on to study courses such as international tourism management or event management at university, or stay on at Warrington & Vale Royal College to study the Travel & Tourism or even Business HNC and HND.
Over the past few years, many of our students have acquired jobs with some of the country’s leading travel companies. We have students currently flying for many airlines, including TUI, Jet2.com, Ryanair, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic. In addition, many more students work as ground support at airports and as flight dispatchers. We also have students who have gone on to work in luxury hotels, travel agencies and many more related organisations.
Are there any links with industry and university?
On this course you will have the opportunity to engage with a number of local and national employers such as Hays Travel, TUI, Swissport, Q Hotels and Intercontinental Hotel Group. You will attend talks from overseas recruitment advisors, cabin crew, and hotel management, to give you a full overview of the industry you will be working in.
We are committed to ensuring that all students benefit from the opportunity to undertake a work placement, which we will support you in obtaining, in order to give you real hands-on experience of the field you may wish to progress into and boost your employability.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
You’ll feel like you’re jetting off on your first cabin crew venture in our state-of-the-art mock aircraft cabin, complete with check-in desk to boot. You’ll have all the latest equipment currently used by cabin crew to ensure you’re prepared for stepping into the role.
As well as undertaking a valuable work placement in a field of your choice, you will gain hands on work experience as part of our annual ‘hotel takeover’. Previous students have acquired a wealth of information about the hotel industry after taking over the Holiday Inn in Woolston, taking responsibility of every aspect of the hotel, from checking in guests, to running the housekeeping and room service team.
Taking part in trips and visits is a key part of your learning on this course. As well as local and national trips, you will also have the opportunity to travel overseas to popular tourist destinations such as Prague.
The tutors on this course have vast experience of working within the travel industry and offer a high level of knowledge and expertise. The extensive experience of your tutors will inform your learning and boost your career awareness.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and/or maths, or successful completion of a level 1 qualification. You will be expected to continue to study towards a GCSE Grade 4 English and/or maths if not already achieved.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
You will need to purchase a uniform for this course, which includes a tie (for males) or a neck scarf (for females). Further details will be provided upon enrolment. You will also be asked to pay a contribution towards the cost of trips, which are a mandatory part of the course.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses