About the course
Please note: We are still accepting applications for 2020/21 at present. Please see the 'I'm interested. What should I do now?' section if you wish to apply or click 'Apply Online' to get started.
This qualification is ideal for anyone interested in entering the travel industry or learning more about tourism. The course combines theory with practical activities and provides learners with 'real life' industry recognised experience. Over the two years, learners will gain an understanding of a wide variety of travel and tourism topics including retail and tour operations, worldwide travel destinations, events management, aviation and airline cabin crew plus how to gain a career overseas. Throughout the course, learners will develop essential knowledge and practical work-related skills by working with local and national travel organisations. Additional qualifications in airline cabin crew and other related areas may also be studied during your time at West Suffolk College.
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Entry is by interview. Applicants will need either a minimum of four GCSEs Grade C (4) or above, including maths or English at Grade C (4) or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit level. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated and manage their own time. Learners will need to have a mature and responsible outlook, as they will be required to work with a high degree of independence for much of the course.
The College offers a wide menu of Level 3 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, learners will have the opportunity to take either Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Level 3 (90 credit) Diploma in Travel and Tourism or Edexcel Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism. Additional qualifications in airline cabin crew and other related areas may also be studied during your time at West Suffolk College.
What you'll learn (core modules)
The travel industry is really broad and diverse so our modules and qualifications reflect this. Assessment mainly takes the form of a variety of course work and 'live projects' run throughout the year. Presentation skills will also be developed and some of the units and qualifications will require practical assessment to be carried out. This is especially so when studying our additional airline cabin crew qualification. Learners will be timetabled for three days per week with two independent study days which will support research and investigation. A number of trips and visits will be arranged during the year to support curriculum delivery and there will be an opportunity for a UK and European residential visit in the second year of the course.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
Working in the travel industry will require individuals who have the skills and ability to provide high standards and excellent customer service. It is a fun and dynamic industry to work in where teamwork is key and every day is a new and exciting challenge. It really can take you across the world and provide you with unique experiences and opportunities. Our qualifications will give you the chance to develop industry standard skills and character strengths. All courses will require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines will be critical to your success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.
How will I be assessed?
There are no final exams for any of our qualifications. Assignments are set by the different unit lecturers and graded pass, merit or distinction. 1-1 recorded feedback and individual targets are given at key milestones during the year. All work is assessed and verified internally with a sample sent for external moderation. Final qualifications are awarded at either a pass, merit or distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry. Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
The course is delivered on the main West Suffolk College campus. Practical assessments are mainly carried out in our travel and tourism base rooms however, we are fortunate to have access to a number of key local and national organisations where further additional training is facilitated.
Where will the course take me?
Many learners progress onto Higher Education courses such as International Tourism/Events Management and Airport and Airline Services. Alternatively learners can progress directly into employment and develop careers in the travel industry in areas such as overseas holiday representatives, travel agents, tour operators, hotel/events management and marketing plus a number of aviation and airline cabin crew careers.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
You will need to spend approximately £100 per year to cover the cost of course-related trips and visits as well as purchase two books, a USB memory stick and standard learner stationery. The European residential trip would be priced when booked but could be in the region of £250-£350.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Apply online and complete the application form. You will then be invited to the college for an interview with a member of the team who will give you more details about the programme and help you enrol onto the course.
Days & times
Starting September 2020