Courses at Ayrshire College
HNC Travel and Tourism
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Full-time, one year
Did you enjoy studying Travel & Tourism at school? Or are you keen to study it for the first time? This course could be just for you.
For entry to this course, you’ll need to have:
- A real interest in working in the travel and tourism industry
- A strong focus on customer care, with good people skills
- Core skills of Communication and Numeracy at Level 6
- One relevant Higher at grade C or above OR
- A relevant SCQF Level 6 course or equivalent
- An interview with us
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
It’s also really valuable if you can gain experience of working in the industry while you’re on this course.
Travel and tourism is an exciting and enjoyable industry to work in. If you’d like to work with people and help them to have a fabulous visit or holiday experience, this course will develop the skills and knowledge you need - like all our tourism courses, it’s fun, modern and completely relevant to the current tourism industry.
With this Level 7 course, you’ll look in detail at tourism in Scotland - how important it is to the Scottish economy, how we can sell Scotland to people as a destination to visit and what it’s got to offer tourists. You’ll then look at tourist destinations across the UK and also internationally, so you’ll know the prime tourist destinations across the world.
You’ll look at tour guiding and the importance of well organised tours and itineraries to a tourist attraction.You’ll learn how to market your destinations effectively, including making best use of digital and social media to attract potential customers. You’ll focus on customer care and satisfaction, and also explore business and ICT elements of the travel and tourism industry, including financial aspects and administration. You’ll need to write a lot of reports and develop clear communication skills, both written and verbal. You’ll also: • Go on a 2 night residential trip to a destination such as Edinburgh to visit tourist attractions like the creepy Edinburgh Dungeons or the inspirational New Lanark World Heritage Site. • Have the opportunity to research, plan, develop and lead a tour (possibly during the residential visit). • Hear from professional industry experts who’ll give you their top tips for working successfully in the travel and tourism sector. • Take part in volunteering opportunities, and support local events/charities to help build your skills for employment. Interested? Come in for an informal chat to find out more. Call Sally Kennedy on 01292 265184 extension 7613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto an SCQF Level 7 course, such as HND Travel & Tourism
- Starting your career in the travel and tourism industry
Potential careers include:
- National tourist organisations
- Travel management companies
- Visitor centres/attractions
- Tour operators
- Travel agents
- Airport ground handling
- Foreign exchange services
There’s also the potential for you to develop into a management role or set up your own business.
See our blog on why tourism is a great career choice here
Hospitality and Tourism
Scotland has a rich larder of food, producing quality, premium and healthy produce, and with many international brands, it can be an exciting industry to work in. The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland's economy with one in five people in manufacturing working in the sector. As well as the economy, food impacts on many other aspects of Scottish life including our health and environment.
Our Hospitality courses will provide you with practical experience in the College’s kitchens, training restaurant, internet café and licensed bar. Ayrshire College has superb links with industry and almost all students gain work experience while they are studying, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents to employers. Career opportunities include Chefs, Housekeepers, Bar Staff, Restaurant Staff, Receptionists and Managers.
There is a wide variety of roles and if you have a good work ethic and a desire to provide excellent customer service then working in this industry could be for you. The opportunities are endless and include working with tiny specialist companies, being part of a major drinks business or learning from the masters in the top kitchens.
Travel and Tourism
Scotland’s travel and tourism industry is growing! Nowadays Scotland welcomes tourists and travellers from all corners of the globe and tourism is a vital component of Scotland’s economy worth around £11bn annually according to recent reports.
Providing opportunities to showcase Scotland on the world stage, showing off Scotland’s culture, food, natural environment, activities, cities, traditions and heritage are vital ingredient to the success of the tourism industry.
If you love travel and you are committed to ensuring travellers have a memorable experience, why not make a career of it? People who work in travel and tourism have a passion for travel and a commitment to helping other travellers make the most of their holiday whether at home or abroad.
The most important qualities working in the tourism industry are communication, teamwork and customer service skills. Whatever the location, position or technical skills, to make it in travel and tourism you need to enjoy challenges and have the ability to work well with people.
Studying travel and tourism provides access to a wide variety of jobs within Visitor Attractions, Event & Conference Organisations, Travel Consultants, VisitScotland, Local Authority Tourism Teams, Travel Agents, various roles in Hospitality or in outbound tourism such as Cabin Crew, Airport Ground Staff and Holiday Reps. A global industry with employment opportunities in the UK as well as offering many possibilities for travel and employment globally.
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LATEST STUDENT STORIES:
"I was invited, along with students from other colleges, to prepare meals for over 200 guests at the Scottish Parliament. I also attended Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland – the first hospitality management school in the world, renowned for teaching excellence in customer service and hospitality."
"Work experience placements have been important throughout the course from spending time with a travel agency and learning more about their reservation systems. During the HNC course I secured a job with Visit Scotland’s information centre in Ayr."
An Ayrshire College hospitality management student is still pinching herself after accepting a sensational three-year training programme with one of the world’s best loved chefs, Albert Roux OBE.
Read more about Emma Rose's story here.
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Follow the progress of Adam Green from Belmont Academy and Ashleigh Read from Kyle Academy studying Hospitality: Professional Cookery at the Ayr campus.
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"Do you remember the feeling you get when you’re in the airport at six in the morning just as you’re waiting to go on holiday? Tourism can do that to you and make you feel that way. It opened up my eyes to other worlds and other ways of doing things."
Read Wilson's blog here.
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“It gives me the experience and the knowledge of working in a professional kitchen, rather than just going to college. It’s a very, very high pressure environment in the restaurant kitchen – not an easy job at all. But if you love what you do, you learn to cope and the staff here help you along the way.”
Read Emma's blog here.
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At Ayrshire College we understanding how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce. Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices.
Short Course Range
- Ayrshire Bake Off
- Sugar Paste Masterclass
- Pastilage Masterclass
- Cocktails Masterclass
- Whisky Masterclass
- Bread Masterclass
- Introduction to Cake Decorating (Int 1)
- Intermediate Cake Decorating (Int 2)
- REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene
- REHIS Food Hygiene Refresher
- REHIS Allergy Awareness
- World Host
- BIIAB Personal Licence Holder
- BIIAB Personal Licence Holder Refresher
- BIIAB Wine Service Award Level 1
- BIIAB Beer and Cellar Quality
- BIIAB Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness
- BIIAB Health and Safety Award Level 1
- Scottish Award in Customer Drinks and Service (Licensed Hospitality)
- Taxi Driver's Training
- City & Guilds Barista Skills
- Catering for Carers
- Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
- Promoting Local Tourist Attractions
We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you. Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.
Our Hospitality and Tourism short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you. Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 option 4 to discuss your training requirements.