Travel and tourism courses

Author
Dominic Claeys-Jackson, Editor
Posted
October, 2016

Whatever stage your career is at, a qualification in travel and tourism could give your professional future a significant boost. Here are some popular options…

Travel and tourism degrees

Undergraduate degrees in travel and tourism are commonplace. They're often combined with business-related subjects such as finance, accounting, management or human resources (HR), or widely spoken languages such as French, Spanish or Italian.

The Complete University Guide 2017 ranks the University of Surrey, the University of Strathclyde, Coventry University, the University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University as the strongest institutions that offer Bachelors degrees in travel and tourism. These institutions provide the following courses:

  • University of Surrey - BSc International Tourism Management; BSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • University of Strathclyde - BA Accounting and Hospitality and Tourism; BA Business Enterprise and Hospitality and Tourism; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management and Business Law; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management and Human Resource Management; BA Italian and Hospitality and Tourism; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management and Management; BA Hospitality and Tourism Management and Marketing; BA Spanish and Hospitality and Tourism; BA French and Hospitality and Tourism; BA Business Analysis and Technology and Hospitality and Tourism Management; BA Finance and Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Coventry University - BA Strategic Tourism and Hospitality; BA International Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • University of Lincoln - BA International Tourism Management.
  • Aberystwyth University - BSc Tourism Management; BSc Tourism with French; BSc Tourism with Spanish; BSc Adventure Tourism Management.

To find out what travel and tourism graduates do, see what can I do with my travel and tourism degree?

Postgraduate travel and tourism courses

Regardless of whether your undergraduate degree is in travel and tourism or not, a Masters could prove extremely useful to your career prospects. It provides non-travel and tourism graduates with the opportunity to broaden their skillset, and travel and tourism graduates with the opportunity to further specialise.

Several high-quality institutions offer postgraduate programmes in travel and tourism, including:

  • University of Exeter - MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management; MSc International Tourism Management.
  • University of Glasgow - MSc Tourism, Heritage and Development; MSc Tourism, Heritage and Sustainability.
  • University of Kent - MSc Conservation and Tourism.
  • King's College London - MA Tourism, Environment and Development.
  • Plymouth University - MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management.
  • University of Surrey - MSc International Tourism Development; MSc International Tourism Management; MSc International Tourism Marketing; PhD Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Begin your hunt by searching for postgraduate courses in travel and tourism.

Travel and tourism apprenticeships

If university isn't for you, an apprenticeship in travel and tourism may be. This sector perhaps offers more types of apprenticeship than any other. Possible areas of study include:

  • activity leadership (Regulated Qualifications Framework Level 2);
  • cabin crew (Level 2);
  • leisure operations (Level 2);
  • playwork (Level 2/3);
  • spectator safety (Level 2/3);
  • travel services (Level 2/3);
  • leisure management (Level 3);
  • outdoor programmes (Level 3).

Apprentices typically earn between £80 and £300 per week, with annual salaries potentially rising to above £30,000 post-qualification. Apprenticeships exist nationwide, but most opportunities are based in and around London.

Thomas Cook and Thomson both offer apprenticeship schemes. Thomas Cook's two-year scheme allows participants to complete a Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship in travel services, working at head office or in one of the organisation's retail stores or sales centres. Thomson, meanwhile, offers several apprenticeship schemes, including the two-year Thomson Shop apprenticeship, which results in an apprenticeship in travel services, and the seasonal JCA Apprentice Activity Instructor, which results in an activity leadership apprenticeship.

Professional qualifications

Professional qualifications in travel and tourism are awarded by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH) and the Institute of Hospitality, and can be either an alternative or a complement to university study.

The CTH offers numerous Management Programmes in travel and tourism, at Level 3 (foundation level), Levels 4, 5 and 6 (undergraduate level), and Level 7 (postgraduate level). These are aimed at aspiring managers, with each programme specifically geared towards a particular learning outcome. Options include:

  • Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality QCF (Level 3);
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management QCF (Level 4);
  • Diploma in Tourism Management QCF (Level 4);
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management QCF (Level 5);
  • Diploma in Tourism Management QCF (Level 5);
  • Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management QCF (Level 6);
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Level 7).

The CTH also offers Professional Skills Programmes that are shorter and focused on developing specific attributes. Options include:

  • Certificate in Workplace Assessment QCF (Level 3);
  • Team Leadership (Level 3);
  • Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts (Level 4).

The Institute of Hospitality, meanwhile, offers Management Qualifications for those working in the tourism sector in the UK or abroad, at introductory, intermediate and advanced level. These include:

  • Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Level 3);
  • Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management (Level 4);
  • Certificate in Management for International Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Diploma in Management for International Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Specialist Diplomas for International Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Advanced Diploma in Management for International Hospitality and Tourism.

Find out more at professional courses.