Although Covid-19 has temporarily paused international travel from the UK and domestic breaks, this resilient and responsive industry is gearing up for recovery and preparing for a not too distant future when we are all able to enjoy our leisure time.

Indeed, it has been confirmed (February 2021) that Leeds Bradford Airport will receive an £150m investment to expand, which will also  see the airport increasing the number of inbound and outbound flights to destinations across the world. 

Of course, lots of people remain keen to take their holidays - Grant Thornton report that proactive rebooking strategies saw travel agencies achieve average rebooking rates of up to 90% - rather than taking a refund due to Covid-19, people have chosen to move their holidays, helping companies remain stable during this turbulent time.  Grant Thornton also report that by the 2023 holiday season - just two years away - the sector is expected to be achieving revenues of 90% - 100% of pre- Covid 19 levels. Jet2 has announced  a range of new routes and destinations in anticipation of the demand for holidays by people who have had to simply pause their much enjoyed summer holidays.

The domestic tourism industry is expected to see a big increase too, with Covid-19 creating a new appetite for the 'staycation'. Visit England estimate that in 2021 the domestic travel industry will see spending levels of £61.7bn.

What does this all mean for you? As a 2021 entry student, graduating in 2023, you will be prepared and skilled to make the most of the opportunities on offer. This highly valued qualification will see you able to progress to university to study a related degree, or pursue a career in the industry, from being part of a travel agency, air cabin crew, hospitality or events management - the world will be your oyster!

General entry criteria applies. 

The topics you study will help you to prepare for progression to a wide range of university degrees that can lead to careers in Tourism Management, Events and Hospitality. You will also have opportunity to progress to careers within the airline, hospitality and events industry. Topics include:

Year 1

• The World of Travel and Tourism

• Global Destinations

• Principals of Marketing in Travel and Tourism

• Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism

• Recruitment and Selection in Travel and Tourism


Year 2

• Travel and Tourism Enterprise

• Visitor Attractions

• Work Experience in Travel and Tourism

• The Cruise Industry

• Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism

• Managing Accommodation Services

• The UK as a Tourist Destination

You’ll enjoy learning through a variety of experiences including group work, independent research, case studies, role plays, report writing, presentations and examination preparation. A range of trips and experiences are also available such as to Blackpool, Dublin and Flamingo Land.

To enhance your future employment prospects, you will have the chance to study additional qualifications such as Air Cabin Crew, Resort Representatives and Events Planning.

Assessment is through a combination of coursework and exam graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. You will also be assessed in an externally examined unit for the world of Travel and Tourism and a controlled assessment on Global Destinations.

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in the world, and our students often pursue it at university or enter related employment. Our graduates have progressed to a hugely diverse range of opportunities within Tourism Management, Events and Hospitality, as Air Cabin Crew, and with a range of leading companies including Jet 2.

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The Travel and Tourism industry is growing. Demand for employees with related degrees is increasing and there are expected to be 69,000 more managerial positions over the next eight years. 

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