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 grade 4. The Extended Diploma is 18 units and is equivalent to 3 A Levels, for which you need 5 GCSEs at grade 4.
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 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 financial hardship you may be eligible to apply for support with course related expenses from the Learner Support Fund.
4 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.