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Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Travel and Tourism

Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

2 years


City Campus


Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


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HND Travel and Tourism Management

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Who is this course for?

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.

What do you need to apply for the course?

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, as well as GCSE grade C in English or equivalent.

What are the key things you'll learn?

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.

You will study 8 mandatory units:

  • The travel and tourism sector
  • Finance and funding in the travel and tourism sector
  • The development manager
  • Research Project
  • Marketing in travel and tourism
  • Contemporary issues in travel and tourism
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Legislation and ethics in the travel and tourism sector

Plus a further 8 specialist units which could include the following:

  • Tourist Destinations
  • Hospitality provision in the travel and tourism sector
  • Tour operations management
  • Resort management
  • Work-based experience
  • Human resources
  • Visitor attractions management
  • Incoming and domestic tourism.

How you will learn

Whilst studying on this course you will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, field trips, practical sessions, workshops, guest speakers and surgeries. You may also take part in a work experience placement during your studies. There will be opportunities to participate in a number of research projects and on field trips which are all directly linked to your programme.

Assessment is undertaken in many different ways, such as delivering a presentation, writing an assignment, analysing a case study, completing a portfolio of evidence, time constrained tests or writing reports. During your course of study we enable you to develop the managerial skills required for working in the travel and tourism sector. Whilst also further developing the transferable skills such as; team work, research skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, problem solving and analytical skills, which are required to work in the travel and tourism sector.

You will be required to do work in your own time, completing research, homework tasks or group work. Self-study is vital to your success on this course and lecturers will give you guidance throughout the year.

Where could this course take you?

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 International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

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.

What costs will you incur?

2017 Tuition Fees: £5,999 per year.

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.

Also during your studies you will need to take part in a UK and an overseas field trip. Over the past few years we have visited places such as; London for the World Travel Market, Liverpool, York, Northumberland, Amsterdam and Spain. You will be required to pay for all visits and cover any expenses incurred during the visit.

For year 1 students, educational visit costs are approximately £300 and for year 2 students, the educational visit costs are approximately £500.

Previous Student Experience

The course has been a great opportunity for me to improve my travel knowledge and the lecturers are excellent, always there to offer you support. The small class sizes are a great advantage as we have a great classroom support system. We have access to an onsite travel agency Citysun and also an aircraft cabin which just adds to the enjoyment. The work placement offers have been great and I am looking forward to topping up my HND at University next year.

Ashley Graham, HND in Travel and Tourism Management Year 2