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Travel and Tourism Courses – A Springboard into the Travel Industry

Choosing a career in travel and tourism offers you the chance to work in an exciting and rewarding environment and one that’s constantly changing thanks to all the innovations in technology. There are many courses to choose from whether full or part time which offer a variety of qualifications and skill sets for the various niches. Finding the right travel and tourism course offers a springboard into the travel industry that’s not only educational but fun too.

Learning the ropes to becoming a travel rep offers you a great career within the travel industry

Learning the ropes to becoming a travel rep offers you a great career within the travel industry

A Full Time Course Offers a Range of Qualifications

If you are keen to be part of the travel industry in a sector where IATA qualifications are needed, there are many colleges and other educational facilities offering a full range of courses. This could include many aspects of the industry such as HND in Travel and Tourism Management, Aviation operations, Galileo reservations and Worldwide Airline Fares and Ticketing courses known as WAFT.

When choosing a full time course, make sure it offers you the chance to be involved in valuable workshops as well as World Travel Market exhibitions. Many full time courses offer students the chance to take trips both in the UK and overseas to gain experience of the many attractions found in the capitals of Europe and to view hotels, theme parks and other important tourist attractions.

The courses offer students the chance to study practical projects that are all work-related under the supervision of qualified teachers who boast first-hand knowledge of the tourist and travel industry. This in itself offers you the chance to learn from people who really do know how things work out in the field as well as behind the scenes.

 

Study courses include practical work and airline ticketing

Study courses include practical work and airline ticketing

What Qualifications Are Awarded With Full Time Courses

Enrolling into a full time course offers you the chance to get various qualifications depending on the level of the course which are as follows:

  • Foundation Travel & Business Course offers students a BTEC level 1 certificates
  • Travel and Tourism offers students a BTEC level 2 Diploma
  • Aviation Operations offers students a BTEC level 3 National Diploma
  • Travel and Tourism offers students a BTEC level 4 Extended Diploma
  • Travel and Tourism Management offers students a Higher National Diploma (HND)

Choosing a Short College Program is a Great Option

You may like to consider enrolling in a short course that teaches students all there is to know about airline ticketing. All these short courses are taken by highly qualified teachers who have first-hand knowledge and experience of working within certain sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

The selection of part time courses as well as apprenticeships available to students who want to make a career in the travel industry include the following:

  • Destination Customer Service for the Travel Industry that boasts ESOL support and which is level 1
  • Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services at intermediate level which is level 2
  • Worldwide Airfares and Ticketing which is level 1
  • Galileo Computerised Reservations which is level 3

Many Niches to Choose From

Once you’ve gained the right qualifications, there are many niches in the travel sector to choose from all of which offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities whether you hope to work in the UK or overseas. There is always the option to continue your studies to gain more qualifications which in turn means you can move from one sector to another should you wish to do so. Having gained some hands-on experience, it stands you in good stead when looking to take a step up within the travel industry.

Conclusion

A job in the travel industry, no matter which sector you hope to work in, offers a very rewarding career with many opportunities either working in the UK and/or abroad. Choosing the right course means you can set yourself up to gain the right qualifications needed for any particular sector which is why travel and tourism courses are a springboard into the travel industry that offers a great experience from the word go.

 

 

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