• HND Travel and Tourism - Limited Availability

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 28 Aug 2017

  • Campus Availability

    Ayr

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If you’ve got a real desire to work in a higher level post in the exciting travel and tourism industry, then this course could set you up for a fantastic career.

For entry to this course, you’ll need to have:

  • An HNC Travel & Tourism
  • A successful interview with us

It’s also really valuable if you can gain experience of working in the industry while you’re on this course.

What's Involved

This course focuses on several key areas to fully prepare you for a career in tourism, including:

  • Niche markets - you’ll explore the different types of specialist trips and holidays people are interested in, e.g. golf, skiing, fishing, walking, food, family history, etc.
  • Event management - you’ll help organise and run a live event, such as a local tourism conference.
  • Tour operations - you’ll look at what’s important in running a tour and have the opportunity to create a complete tour itinerary, such as a bespoke golf package.
  • Travel industry practices - you’ll explore tour companies and travel agencies, and how they operate.
  • Sustainable tourism - you’ll look at environmental aspects relevant to tourism, e.g. sustainable travel, green energy and waste management, and also explore types of tourist businesses which are more likely to survive.

You’ll need to write a lot of reports, develop clear communication skills - both written and verbal - and demonstrate good analytical skills.

You’ll also hear from professional industry experts who’ll give you their top tips for working successfully in the travel and tourism sector.

Interested? Come in for an informal chat to find out more. Call Sally Kennedy on 01292 265184 extension 7613 or email sally.kennedy@ayrshire.ac.uk

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of continuing your studies or seeking to start your career.

Possible courses include:

  • Degree in travel and tourism at the University of West of Scotland or other Scottish universities.

Potential careers include:

  • National tourist organisations
  • Travel management companies
  • Visitor centres/attractions
  • Tour operators
  • Travel agents
  • Airlines
  • 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