Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
February 18 Weeks 1 Part-Time - Day City Campus Full-time Vocational
September 1 Year TBC Full-Time City Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This one year course is designed for school leavers who have a real interest in working in the travel & tourism sector. If you love travelling, enjoy researching holidays or want to learn about tourist destinations then this course can offer you an insight.

There are no formal requirements for entry onto the qualification; just a positive attitude and a desire to learn about the travel & tourism industry.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire There are some additional costs within this course to cover a contribution towards trips and visits as well as the department uniform. Currently this is £50 however this is subject to change. Eligible students may qualify for bursary payments towards this amount.

The course is assessed via a mixture of online multiple choice tests and course work which may involve presentations, written work or practical assessments. Some assessment may also take place whilst you are on work placement in our on-site, fully operational travel agency Citysun Travel.

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

We work with various employers within industry and you will experience guest speakers and presentations from organisations including Beamish museum, Jet 2 and Hays Travel.

The course is delivered on a set timetable, Monday - Friday between the hours of 09.00 - 17.00. A full timetable will be provided at the beginning of the course.

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What’s next?

Once you successfully complete your level one certificate, you could progress onto the level two extended certificate and then the level three diploma. Alternatively you may wish to seek an apprenticeship within the sector.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.