Overview of the course
Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study. This course has been designed to introduce you to
the exciting and varied world of Travel & Tourism with areas of study including Marketing for Travel & Tourism, Business Travel, Report Management Roles & Responsibilities and UK Conferencing.
As part of the programme you will investigate different aspects of the Travel & Tourism industry including travel operations, cruise industries, tour operations, events and conferences and staycationing.
You will investigate and develop the key skills needed for this fast-paced and fun industry. You will also have the opportunity to complete a 315 hour industry placement, working for a company in the industry.
What you'll learn
This course is equivalent to three A-Level grades (A*-C) and provides you with a practical insight in to the world of Travel & Tourism. Units include:
• Investigating the Travel & Tourism Sector
• The UK as a Destination
• European Destinations
• Long-haul Travel Destinations
• Retail & Travel Operations
• Responsible Tourism
You will also continue to develop your English and maths skills throughout the course. If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.
The course will be delivered by experienced tutors with first-hand experience from the industry. As well as classroom teaching, you will get to investigate local and national tourism companies, meet guest speakers from these businesses and visit their place of work. You will participate in regional and national enterprise competitions and you will be given the opportunity to complete relevant work experience.
Elements of study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
• Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
• Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
• Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
• Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
We ask that you have four GCSEs grades 9-4 including Maths and English and we will also invite you to attend an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.
How will I be assessed?
There will be continuous assessment throughout the course based on a range of assignments and activities. These will include a mixture of:
• Practical activities
• Written reports
• Professional discussions
• Group assessments
• Role play
• Exam (one online, one written)
Supporting your learning and wellbeing
We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
After you have completed the course you could progress on to Higher Education and study Travel & Tourism related subjects including Tourism Management and Business & Tourism Management. Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Travel & Tourism Apprenticeship and work as an apprentice Travel Operative.
Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk
Following further study you could work as:
• A Business Travel Consultant, where you can earn between £27,000 and £30,000 per year
• A Retail Travel Advisor, earning between £18,000 and £28,000 per year
• A Reservation & Operations Executive, with a yearly salary of £25,000 to £30,000, depending on experience
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
• Guest speaker sessions from local entrepreneurs
• Working to live business briefs including University of Bolton Stadium and Bolton Food & Drinks Festival
• Annual enterprise challenge/competition
As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development. You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work. You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
Gifted and Talented Programme
If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
Why choose us?
We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts. Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
Our £75 million campus offers:
• A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
• Apple Mac suites
• A theatre and dance studios
• A café selling Costa coffee
• The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
• Signature Restaurant
We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
How to apply?
Submit an application online by visiting www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/yp-application
Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
• Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm
• Futures4Me Event - Monday 7th October 2019, 3.30pm-7pm
Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.