Travel and Tourism NC

What is special about this course?

This course provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to go into employment in the tourism industry or further study. It is also suitable for those already working in the industry who wish to extend and formalise their knowledge and equip themselves for progression on the career ladder.

The programme is delivered during the winter months, to allow those working in the industry to take advantage of the opportunity to gain training in their chosen field.

The course provides a sound broad-based foundation in travel and tourism by examining the development and growth of various sectors of the industry as well as the impact that the industry has on people and places. Facilities and services provided by the local tourism industry are investigated with a strong emphasis on the key functions of promotion, customer service and technology. 

There are a number of broad themes running through this course:

  • Employability skills
  • Destination/product knowledge
  • Customer care /marketing
  • Impacts on, and trends within, the industry
  • Understanding of sustainability issues

In addition to achieving the NC Travel and Tourism at level 5, students will go through the 100k Welcomes Operations programme, as well as gaining an elementary food hygiene certificate, thereby further enhancing their employability in this field.

Students wishing to study on a part-time basis only may choose to undertake the national course in Travel and Tourism at level 5, which consists of just 3 of the units of the full-time course.  These students will need to sit an exam in addition to the unit assessments.

Entry requirements

  • Standard Grade English or any social subject at General level or above OR
  • Intermediate 1 Travel and Tourism.
  • Mature candidates can gain entry subject to interview.

The course is designed to introduce students to basic skills, knowledge and understanding relating to a range of occupations in tourism.  The core units encompass the practical skills identified by the Sector Skills Councils for employment within the travel and tourism industry. These skills are in the areas of customer care, selling skills and employability skills. There is also the opportunity to examine popular travel and tourism destinations, including field trips to selected tourist attractions.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

6 Months

3 days per week, starting after the October holidays and finishing before Easter

Where can I study my course?

Start date

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For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

NC Travel and Tourism at level 6 or BA Tourism and Hospitality Practice.

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