About the course
Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.
The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries. There are a vast amount and diversity of employment opportunities available in the UK and around the world; working for airlines, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, cruise liners and hospitality management teams.
This course will prepare you for a career in the dynamic and exciting travel and tourism industry. Whether you are new to the industry or have experience of working in a related organisation, this HND will improve your career prospects.
With a global focus, this course provides a thorough grounding in travel and tourism principles at both an operational and strategic level. The emphasis is on developing the practical skills necessary to fulfil a variety of managerial positions within the industry. You will explore key issues and challenges facing the industry; with particular emphasis on tourism production and consumption, sustainability and ethics, globalisation and intercultural dimensions, recognising the role that travel and tourism plays in addressing these issues.
This course can be studied full-time for 32 weeks or 64 weeks part-time for the HND.
GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus 80 UCAS points from at least one of the following:
- A Levels – Grades CCD or above
- Vocational – BTEC Level 3, grades MMP
- Access Diploma – Yes
Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Travel and Tourism, Airline Cabin Crew, Hospitality Management, Events Management or Customer Services.
On completion, you may have the option to further your studies with a top-up year of a full honours degree at university. This can be dependent on a particular level 6 running and subject to an interview, terms, and conditions.
Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career within the travel and tourism industry.
Example job roles include:
- Hotel/Resort manager
- Tour manager
- Tourism officer
- Travel agency manager
- Events organiser
- Customer Services manager
- Airline cabin crew
- Heritage officer
Work experience and employability
What additional resources will I need?
Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £6,000 per annum
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.