Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 5 Full-Time City Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The course is for young and mature people who have a genuine interest and wish to be employed in the Travel and Tourism Sector (transport, including airlines, hotels, tour operators, travel agents and public sector tourism).

This course is ideal for those students who would prefer a smaller college environment with more personal tuition whilst at the same time enjoying the benefits of a Higher Education environment.

You will need to have successfully completed a Level 3 course worth 48 UCAS points, such as BTEC or A-Level, or have appropriate industry experience. You will also need to have obtained a GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English.

How to apply other than UCAS where applicable:

International applicants - All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English need to demonstrate capability in English of IELTS 5.5. Reading and writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Accreditation of prior learning - If you have achieved a qualification such as a HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5. For further information, please contact the College’s admissions team on admissions@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Fees for September 2022 - £5999 It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The following course-related costs are included in the fees: - Annual £30 printing allowance The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: - Paper, pens and books - The mandatory educational visits (approximately £300 for year 1 and £650 for year 2 each at current prices) Financial support: For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and educational visits. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in the lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
- 10 hours of lectures
- 2 hours of seminars in addition, approximately 1 hour of one-to-one meetings (per semester)

Indicative class size is approximately 12-15.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre and Moodle.

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 14 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities. Approximately 40% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

- Teaching, learning and assessment - 12 hours
- Independent learning - 14 hours

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the Llearning Resource Centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers, professional practitioners with industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice and within the sector and 100% of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each modules normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include report writing, presentations, time constrained open book exams. The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

- Year 1 & 2 – 100% coursework

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

We work closely with a range of employers in the area, visit many of our local attractions and organise events/activities alongside them for our students.

The course is delivered to a set timetable Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am - 9pm, a timetable will be provided at the start of the course.

Within the course you will typically have 12 contact hours per week, consisting of lectures and seminars and a one-to-one meeting with your Personal Tutor for approximately 1 hour per semester.

You will be given a variety of homework and research tasks to complete in your own time so will be expected to complete assignment work in your own time.

This higher education course is aimed at anyone with a desire to pursue a career within the vibrant travel & tourism sector at perhaps a more managerial level in their career progression.

This course offers a more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger universities. The lecturers have a vast amount of industry knowledge and experience and they also engage in a variety of staff development opportunities to ensure their knowledge is constantly updated, in order to give you the best possible learning experience.

Over two years you will study 7 core units:

- Unit 1 - The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry
- Unit 2 - Managing the Customer Experience
- Unit 3 - Professional Identity and Practice
- Unit 4 - The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit
- Unit 5 - Leadership and Management for Service Industries
- Unit 19- Research Project
- Unit 20 - Tourism Consumer Behaviour and Insight

You will also study 7 specialist units such as:

- Unit 8 - Visitor Attraction Management
- Unit 10 - Tour Operations Management
- Unit 16 - Marketing Essential for Travel and Tourism
- Unit 22 - Airport Operations Management
- Unit 24 - Destination Management Services
- Unit 30 - Innovative Heritage and Cultural Management
- Unit 41 - Tourist Resort Management

This unit map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each unit is worth a specified number of credits. You must take units worth a total of 240 credits to achieve the HND, and 125 of those credits must be at level 5.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.


Whilst studying on the course, students will attend compulsory educational visits, these visits are directly linked to the study programme.

Students will need to contribute towards these visits. For example, year 1 students have previously paid approximately £300 and year 2 students have paid approximately £650 (this included a week abroad).

What’s next?

Once you have successfully completed the course you can convert your HND into a degree by taking a one-year top-up programme at a university, for example, a BSc in Aviation and Tourism.

Alternatively, you could choose to move into the industry for example you could work at an airport, as cabin crew for an airline, within tour operations often overseas or in the UK, in marketing departments within tour operators or hotels, in travel agents or local authority tourism, plus there are also opportunities in human resource management.

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