Top course highlights
Lecturers with Travel & Tourism industry experience
A range of exciting study visits
design your own tourism enterprise
An exciting and engaging programme of day trips and residential study visits are embedded into the delivery of the course. Highlights include; the first-year visits to Eden Project and Disneyland Paris are linked to Unit 9 Visitor Attractions and Unit 4 Managing the Customer Experience. In the 2nd year a P&O cruise supports student understanding of The Cruise Industry.
Develop Work-Related Skills
The subject team and work placement officer work together to support the students with completion of work placement while completing their programme of study. Current placement providers include the Headland Hotel, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, Eden Project and many more successful partners.
A wide range of industry partners will provide engaging talks to our students both at College and out on visits. Previous speakers have included Watergate Bay Hotel, Eden Project, Callestick, Elemental UK and Carbis Bay Hotel and Estates
What will I learn?
The course aims to provide a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student-centred approach to learning, involving research for assignments, guest speakers, lectures, group work, discussions and a range of industry related study visits. An experienced team of lecturers many of whom have relevant industry experience will support student learning. Students will need to be prepared to work independently, carry out in-depth research and use a variety of sources of information.
The two-year programme will involve the completion of eight core units (two of which are external assessments) and five specialist units. The specialist units have been carefully selected to support progression at higher education and are selected to enable students to develop as wide a range of employability skills as possible.
All students completing the Diploma in Travel and Tourism will be expected to complete a work placement as part of the course. Students will be supported throughout the placement process by the work placement coordinator. The work placements are a fantastic opportunity to develop employability skills and gain invaluable experience within the travel and tourism industry. Students will spend one day a week in placement and three days a week at college.
Year 1: Foundation Diploma in Travel & Tourism
The first year is comprised of four core units which will form the foundation to studies in the travel & tourism industry. Students will begin to develop the knowledge and skills which are necessary to successfully complete a wide range of units. The focus is on building an understanding of the industry and the range of businesses that operate within it. Units will include the global travel and tourism industry looking at the impact of tourism on popular destinations, managing the customer experience and the enterprise unit. Students will begin to develop customer service and business skills. Successful completion of year one will enable progression on to year two.
Year 2: Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism
Year two will further extend student knowledge of the travel & tourism industry. Research and investigations will expand to look at a range of current trends and key issues in the travel & tourism sector and how they affect the industry. Discussions will focus on the potential for growth and continued development within the industry. Application of the skills and knowledge that have been developed will be used to complete an independent research project on a current travel & tourism issue. This will help students to develop essential report writing, analytical and evaluative skills. Focus on industry specific areas will include the cruise industry, how to manage accommodation services and marketing travel and tourism.
Where will it take me?
A qualification in Travel & Tourism is highly valued by universities and employers alike. Students going on to higher education often move into specific areas of the industry, such as Cruise Management, Marketing or Events Management, as well as Travel & Tourism Management. For those going straight into work, job opportunities arise in many related areas, such as airports and airlines, hotels and tour operations.
Top Travel & Tourism careers include Cabin Crew, Travel Influencer, Holiday Rep, Cruise Director, Online Travel Agent.
Travel & Tourism degrees courses include: BA International Tourism Management, BA Tourism with Business, BA Tourism and Events Management.
Achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. Learning will take place in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods. Assessment is 19% External assessment (1 written exam and 1 set task) the other 81% is comprised of 11 units that are coursework based. Assessment activity follows each element of course delivery, so progression is regularly monitored.
Most assessments are in written format (word-processed not hand-written) there are units where role plays and practical activities are core, and these will be video recorded. Assignments are externally moderated by BTEC and overall grades of Pass, Merit, or Distinction will be awarded upon completion of the course.
Students need to be proficient using computers for research, and for coursework production. The aim should be to complete 10 – 15 hours of self-directed study a week, in addition to timetabled class contact time.
Awarding body: Edexcel/Pearson
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above in appropriate subjects (to include English Language or English Literature and/or Mathematics).
Information and Support
We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the topics they are studying. There are a wide range of materials available across the campus to support this ranging from newspapers, textbooks and Moodle. Each student will have a personal tutor, who will be one of the Travel & Tourism lecturers. They will support students in pastoral as well as academic matters. In addition, students will be able to access practical support from Student Services, Learning Services, and the College Job Shop.
There will be regular 1:1 meetings with tutors to review progress and, where appropriate students will be given the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions for tailored 1-to-1 support as well as a variety of opportunities to stretch and challenge the most able students. We encourage students to proactively engage with the support available in order to maximise potential.
Students will need to plan for the cost of participation in study visits. Bursary support can be applied for to help cover these costs from student services.
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Our students have been fortunate enough to undertake placements at a range of well-established local businesses including; St. Austell Brewery Visitor centre, pubs hotels and reservations department, Carbis Bay Hotel, The Headland Hotel, Boutique Retreats, Cornish Gems, Manning’s, Visit Cornwall and many more… Our dedicated work placement coordinate will provide support before during and after placement.
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