Level 3 Travel & Tourism
Travel & Tourism
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
The travel and tourism industry is all about ensuring customers have the best holiday experience possible. From flights to accommodation and excursions, travel and tourism professionals are responsible for making sure all aspects of a holiday run smoothly. If you would like to work in an exciting industry and help people to have the holiday of a lifetime, this course is perfect for you!
This wide-ranging course will help you to develop your skills and knowledge to succeed within one of the most intricate industries around. You will cover various elements including marketing and sales, airlines and cabin crew, and how to manage the impacts that tourism has on life around us.
Why should I choose the course?
This two-year course prepares you for a career in the travel and tourism industry by giving you the confidence, knowledge, and skills to progress into employment or higher education. You may dream of working within travel and tourism customer service positions, or perhaps in tour operations, cabin crew, airport security, cruise lines, or in travel agencies. Whichever path you choose, you will gain all the required skills and attitudes needed to succeed in your chosen career.
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, hospitality, destinations, tour operations, marketing, business travel, cruise industry, resort representatives, UK conference and event Industry, UK airports, tour guiding, worldwide passenger airlines, and preparing for a career in travel and tourism. 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 this course you may decide that you wish to proceed into higher education or you may choose to go straight into employment within the travel and tourism industry.
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.
Higher education routes from the course are also available upon completion. 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.
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 five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will need to have successfully completed a level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English/maths and you wish to study at level 3, you will be required to work towards GCSE English/maths as part of your qualification.
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.