Travel and Tourism Students at Glasgow Airport 8
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year, August to June

Applications to this course are now closed.

NQ International Travel and Airport Operations (Level 6) gives you the knowledge and skills required to work in a wide range of travel and tourism businesses. Successful completion also allows you to move on to HND-level travel and tourism courses.

What will I learn?

This course covers a variety of subjects useful for employment in a variety of roles within the tourism industry such as working at the airport, for an airline, in a travel agent or hotel or overseasa as a holiday rep. Subjects covered include:

  • Working as air cabin crew
  • Selling the travel and tourism product
  • Resort representation: an introduction
  • Skills for customer care
  • Travel and tourism study visit
  • Working as air cabin crew
  • Hospitality front office skills
  • Marketing in travel and tourism
  • Leisure and business tourist destinations
  • Airport ground operations
  • An introduction to the cruise industry
  • Travel planning
  • Sustainable practices in travel and tourism
  • Glasgow Welcomes
  • The Scottish tourism product
  • Tour guiding
  • Enhancing skills for employment.

Covid and the Travel Industry

The travel industry has been badly affected by Covid but many experts believe that there will be a recovery at the end of this year.  For example Jet2holidays anticipates 2022 capacity will outstrip 2019 and it remains confident about a strong rebound for the industry. This means that there are going to be incredible opportunities for well-trained people to help rebuild the industry.  All of our travel and aviation courses will equip you with the skills to thrive in the post-Covid travel industry.

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Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 5s at C or above
  • Entry will be by interview and one acceptable reference to determine suitability for this course
  • We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in travel and tourism but have no formal qualifications.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

All of the staff teaching on the course have relevant industrial experience and maintain close links to those working within the industry.  We offer work experience and invite guest speakers from a variety of organisations within the travel industry.  Listed below are just some of the organisations we have links with.

  • Emirates
  • British Airways
  • Air New Zealand
  • TUI
  • Swissport (for airport check-in)
  • Barrhead Travel
  • Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Jobs and further study

The travel and tourism industries comprise of so many sectors and there are a huge number of opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

Our students tend to go into employment in the following sectors:

  • Airport check-in
  • Cabin crew
  • Retail travel (travel agents)
  • Business travel
  • Holiday rep
  • Tour operations
  • Hotel reception
  • Tour guiding.

Alternatively, successful completion of the course will allow you entry to HNC Travel and Tourism.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply:

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your
application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending you will then be invited in for an interview
  • Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
  • When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s
  • The College’s admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
  • If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer.

The interview will take the form of a group interview with anything up to eight other

If, due to Covid restrictions, the interview is done online using Zoom, you will require to have your webcam and microphone switched on. A photograph of your qualifications and reference will be permitted where virtual interviews are being used.

During the interview, you will hear about the course and then have a private interview
with a lecturer where you’ll get the chance to ask any questions you have about the course.

After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your
interview by email within 1 – 2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:

  • Unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place
  • Conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until Aug. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place
  • Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date
  • Unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your

Once you have accepted your offer you will be sent out instructions about student
funding. This will normally be sent out within 3 weeks of you accepting the place.

You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in
August 2 to 3 weeks prior to your course starting.

Please note that you will be required to pay £100 towards the cost of the overseas study visit. This can be paid in installments in the run up to the trip.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027