Where is the course delivered?
- Bridgwater campus
- Taunton campus
Who is the course for?
This qualification is for anyone who would like to work within the travel or event management industries. These industries allow you to meet and work with a wide range of people.
Travel and events management has a vast range of opportunities, enabling you to work both nationally and internationally. Upon completion of this course, you will leave with the confidence, experience and employability skills needed to thrive in the travel and events management industry.
What does the course involve?
The course provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and comprises a mixture of practical and academic work to prepare you for a career in this dynamic and fast paced industry.
Units may include:
- Travel and tourism destinations
- Promotion and sale in travel and tourism
- Conferences and events
- Planning and delivering guided tours
- Worldwide adventure tourism
- Work placement in travel and tourism
- Entertainment programme in travel and tourism
- Developing people in travel and tourism
- Worldwide travel and tourism destinations
- Developing an entertainment Programme in travel and tourism
- Arranging business travel
- Travel and tourism destinations (England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales)
- Oversea representative
- Foreign exchange
What makes this course special?
- Plan events within the sector
- Excellent industry links
- Excellent facilities and access to computers
- You will gain valuable transferable skills such as customer service skills, time management skills, team working skills communication and interpersonal skills
- Guest speakers, visits and industry live projects with those we have established links with to help develop your professional network
- The teaching team have experience in the industry and therefore the experience and specialist subject knowledge needed to work in this industry which is embedded in course delivery
- This qualification is recognised by the Institute of Travel & Tourism, a professional organisation in the travel, tourism and management sector.
As part of the course, you are required to undertake a one week work placement in the first year and a two week work placement in the second year. The work placement provides you with an opportunity to experience various travel and tourism sectors and allows you to put what you learn in the classroom into practice.
We have fantastic links with an array of industry businesses and associated organisations including Butlins, Capita Travel & Events, Cricket St Thomas, Dunster Castle, Barrington Court, Holiday Inn, The Castle Hotel, The Beach Hotel, West Somerset Railway, Thomas Cook, Museum of Somerset and Dave Criddle Travel. Furthermore, the placement will enable you to gain a valuable insight into working within the industry which will support you with your coursework and enable you to gain knowledge and skills within a sector that you have a passion for.
You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade. Entry is subject to a successful interview.
What are the assessment methods?
Practical assessments include role plays, welcome meetings, training sessions and presentations. There is also written coursework, short-answer question papers and online multiple choice exams.
How long is the course?
Two years, full-time.
What are the College attendance requirements?
You will spend approximately 22 hours a week in College.
You will be expected to commit your own time outside of your timetabled sessions to enable you to undertake research and complete your coursework. Integrated into the course are travel & tourism units, English, Maths, Preparation for Employment, Enterprise Planning and a range of College-led enrichment opportunities to further establish and develop your employability skills and professional network in the leisure, hospitality, travel and tourism sector.
During your time at the College, you will have the opportunity to participate, and attend, a range of talks, workshops and practical sessions that will allow you to engage in the industry and develop your professional identity.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
Opportunities are provided for you to attend various trips and a residential which are subject and industry related. All trips and residential are advised in the academic year to enable you to plan and prepare.
These may include:
- Residential overseas trips are approximately £400
- World Travel Market approximately £60
Financial help is available to those who come from low income households, terms and conditions apply.
What are the progression options?
On successful completion of the course you could progress to Higher Education in tourism management, event management, international tourism management, and hospitality management. Many universities offer sandwich courses where you are able to combine subjects such as business and tourism.
Alternatively, you could move into employment at trainee management level, or an internship or apprenticeship, in the sector.
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