• Hospitality and Tourism

    Travel, Tourism and Events

  • SCQF Level

    Equivalent to SCQF Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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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 5
  • Three National 5s or three relevant Standard Grades at Credit Level OR a relevant SCQF Level 5 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.

What's Involved

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 6 course, you’ll develop your knowledge and skills in travel and tourism by looking 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 worldwide, so you’ll know where to find key places and attractions across the planet.

You’ll focus on ‘visitors’ - who they are, how to manage their expectations (from a day trip or a business trip, to an event or holiday of a lifetime) and the importance of good customer care.

You’ll look at all the various aspects of the tourism industry - from retail and transport, to accommodation and hospitality, and why events are an important aspect of attracting visitors.

You’ll find out how travel agents work, how airports operate and how to market your destinations, including making best use of digital and social media.

You’ll also:

  • Visit tourist attractions such as the stunning Culzean Castle or magical Christmas markets in Glasgow or Edinburgh. You might also take a trip to Loch Lomond or sail over to the beautiful islands of Arran or Cumbrae.
  • Have the opportunity to plan, produce and evaluate a real life event.
  • 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:

  • Moving on to a wide range of relevant vocational courses at SCQF Level 7, such as HNC Travel & Tourism, HNC Events or HNC Hospitality
  • Possibly moving on to courses at university
  • Starting your career in the travel and tourism industry

Potential careers include:

  • Working in a travel agency or in retail travel
  • Tour representative
  • Any customer facing post in a tourist attraction or tourism outlet

See our blog on why tourism is a great career choice here

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