Course Area Overview
Travel and Tourism
Why choose Travel and Tourism
The travel and tourism industry in Northern Ireland is fantastically exciting and diverse, full of wonderful career opportunities – it is youthful, vibrant and rewarding. As a growth industry, Travel and Tourism offers a diverse range of job opportunities and career prospects. There are an estimated 1.4 million jobs related directly to tourism and hospitality across the country, accounting for five per cent of total UK employment.
Learners are provided with the knowledge and skills in a number of specialist areas of expertise, ranging from customer service, management and leadership.
Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Travel and Tourism
This one year, full-time, course is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in this globally, economically important area. It will aid your progression to further study and prepare you to enter the workforce in due course. The course is a vocationally related qualification so you will develop knowledge and understanding by applying learning and skills in a work-related context. South West College has excellent relations with local industry to facilitate this.
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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with Specialisms
This Foundation Degree prepares you for a career in International Travel and Tourism Management. It focuses on acquisition and application of knowledge relevant to the role of the manager in the global hospitality industry. Through work based learning, the course provides opportunities to develop and enhance your practical, personal and interpersonal skills vital to successful performance in the workplace. On completion, you will be equipped to operate in a management role in the industry.
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About the Courses
Students have travelled with us from level 2 and level 3 to Foundation Degree and then beyond. Past students now have careers as Cabin Crew, Travel Consultants, Tourism Consultants, Event Managers, Receptionists, Hotel Managers, Restaurant Managers, and Service Handling Agents etc.
For those who have a passion for customer facing roles, a variety of skills and attributes will be uncovered which will transfer to so many industries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
About the qualifications
The range of qualifications covers a number of pathways enabling learners to boost specialist skills and knowledge needed in Travel and Tourism. On completion at every level, a number of options are available to suit personal learning and assessment preferences. As skill level increases and opportunities within the industry present, the level and type of qualifications become more adaptable to meet the needs of the learner, supporting them to achieve a successful and rewarding career.
||Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Travel and Tourism
||Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
||Principles of Hospitality Management
||Ulster University International Hospitality & Tourism/ International Travel and Tourism Management
Degree in International Culinary Arts
Who is it suitable for?
Because of the diverse nature of the Travel and Tourism industry, training programmes are designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners; school leavers embarking on a new career path, those taking time out from other industries or studies, adult returners upskilling to gain part or full time employment at all levels of the public or private sector. In short, anyone from new entrant to skilled professional with drive and passion to succeed.
Core areas of study
Undertaking one of these programmes will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in:
|Travel & Tourism
- Investigating Travel and Tourism
- The Business of Travel and Tourism
- UK as a Destination
- Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
- Long-haul Destinations
- Retail travel Operations
- Tour Operations
- Residential Study Visit.