This two-year course is aimed at school leavers aged 16+ who, instead of going to university, want to progress directly into employment within the Travel, Aviation and Hospitality industries after leaving college.
You should have four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications. This could include a full Level 2 qualification in Travel and Tourism. Prospective learners will attend an interview with the course tutors and be assessed on their level of Maths and English. Learners should demonstrate a high level of commitment and enthusiasm during the induction process.
This is an in-depth, high quality foundation course covering a range of topics, some which are specific to Travel, Aviation and Hospitality, and others to develop your wider skills. You will work towards the following qualifications over two years:
• BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Travel and Tourism
• NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew
• NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground
The main BTEC National qualification is the equivalent of two A Levels. Learners will complete eight units including The World of Travel & Tourism, Global Destinations, and Managing the Customer Experience. Learners will also complete English and Maths qualifications - either GCSEs or Functional Skills, depending on their grades.
Each year, learners will complete 30 hours of work experience which will allow them to put the theory they have learned into practice. Previous students have completed placements at companies including Premier Inn, Co-Operative Travel and Black Country Living Museum.
All learners on our Travel, Aviation and Hospitality courses are required to purchase and wear our travel uniform. Full details are given during enrolment.
During the study programme, learners have the opportunity to participate in study visits to local attractions and employers. Most trips are subsidised by the college, and are a mixture of day-trips and residential visits. Recent study visits have included Dubai, Goa, Florida, a three-day mini-cruise and Alton Towers.
Assessments vary for each unit as some units require external assessment (i.e. exams). Other assessment methods include coursework, role plays, presentations and practical skills. Functional Skills and GCSE assessments are exam-based.
This sector is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. You will be surprised at the vast amount of careers available within this growing sector. After successfully completing this course, you can apply for jobs to begin your career in the Travel, Aviation and Hospitality industry. Previous students have progressed into employment with companies such as Thomas Cook, Premier Inn, Ramada Hotels and Swissport.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*