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Travel and Tourism Students at Glasgow Airport 8
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

NQ Travel and Tourism (Level 6) course 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.

Glasgow Clyde College is a member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and also partners with CCUSA, who specialise in providing exciting summer job opportunities in America and Canada.

What will I learn?

This NQ Travel and Tourism 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 overseas as a holiday rep. Subjects covered include:

  • 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.

Hear from student Connor as he shares his experience of studying NQ Travel and Tourism with us.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 5s, or equivalent, at C or above; OR
  • We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in travel and tourism but have no formal qualifications
  • You should be 16 years or over by 30 September 2023.

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 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.

Opportunities to Work in America

Glasgow Clyde College are officially partnered with CCUSA who specialise in are providing exciting summer job opportunities in America and Canada. Working with their highly trained staff we can help you land a dream summer job overseas which will not only be a life-changing experience but will make you more employable when you want to enter the travel industry

Institute of Travel and Tourism

Glasgow Clyde College is a member of the highly prestigious Institute of Travel and Tourism.

This means you will:

  • Get a free 3-year student membership to the Institute
  • Get access to the Future You Conference held annually at World Travel Market London, which attracts 500+ students and graduates each year
  • Get access to Regional ITT Future You ‘On The Road’ events
  • Get access to unrivalled, up-to-date careers resources developed by the travel industry
  • Access to Travel Uni course enhancements which have been developed by the industry specifically for students like you.

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.

Successful completion of the course will allow you entry to HNC Travel and Tourism at Glasgow Clyde College.

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 (remember to check your SPAM/junk if you do not hear from us).  We will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • if you meet the entry requirements you will be offered an unconditional place on the course. 
  • if you have appropriate qualifications pending then you will be offered a conditional place on the course.
  • if you do not have the formal qualifications but have experience working in a customer-focused environment or have demonstrated an active interest in the travel industry a lecturer will call you to discuss your application.
  • a lecturer will phone you normally within 1 week of you accepting an offer to discuss the course contents and give you the opportunity to ask any questions about the college or the course.
  • you will be invited by email to sign-up to relevant social media channels to give you an insight into what college life will be like.

You should follow the instructions below depending on the offer you receive. 

  • 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 your 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 14 days or risk losing your

If a place is unavailable at the campus of your first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within 14 days. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3775