This NQ Check-in to Travel and Tourism course will give you the skills to enter the exciting world of travel and tourism - the world's largest industry.
During the course, you will learn all about the huge variety of different travel products and how to deliver excellent customer care.
What will I learn?
According to Scottish Enterprise “54% of tourism companies intend to recruit new employees in the next 6 months.” That’s great news for you because you are choosing a career where there are currently plenty of fantastic jobs and tremendous opportunities.
Skills Panorama recently stated “Europe is the most popular holiday destination in the world. The tourism industry provides jobs for 12 million EU citizens and offers a variety of exciting long-term career opportunities for those who want to put their education and skills to the test in different settings.”
This course covers a wide variety of subjects and you will have the opportunity to work with the latest booking and check-in systems.
This course will also help you prepare for an interview with a view to getting a job at an airport, with an airline, in a hotel or as a travel agent.
- Local Tourism Product Knowledge
- Preparing for Work
- Travel Technologies
- Skills for Customer Care
- Selling Skills
- Holiday Planning and Issues
- Introduction to Air Travel
- European and Mediterranean Area Tourist Destinations.
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 have a number of industry partnerships and invite guest speakers to the college from a variety of organisations. Listed below are just some of the organisations we have links with:
- British Airways
- Air New Zealand
- Swissport (for airport check-in)
- Barrhead Travel
- Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
Jobs and further study
- NQ Take-off to Travel and Tourism
- NQ International Travel and Airport Operations
- Employment with airlines, at the airport, with travel agents and with tour operators.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- No formal qualifications are required for this course
- Entry will be by interview, a short test and one acceptable reference to see if you are suitable for this course.
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.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- You will 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 (where applicable) and your reference
- 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 up to eight other people.
During the interview, you will hear about the course and will then have a short one-to one interview in private with a lecturer, where you’ll get the chance to ask questions 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 August. 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 place.
If a place is unavailable at your campus of your first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within 10 working days.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.
You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in June and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from industry.
You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in August, around 2-3 weeks before the course starts.