Access to Higher Education Diploma (Travel and Tourism)

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body AIM Awards
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018; 9am-5pm
Duration 30 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

The course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to progress onto higher level professional training and education and employment.

If you are hard-working, innovative and driven and looking for access into Higher Education or a career in the tourism industry, then this course could be just what you are looking for.

We have close working links with a number of industry organisations, including multiple and independent travel agents, both national and local hotels including Premier Inn, Mercure, and Houndgate Townhouse, who allow our students to train with them to gain valuable work experience and employability skills.

Students will be required to attend college for a minimum of 3 days per week.

Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy the college reserves the right to make changes to study programmes where appropriate. The college reserves the right to not run this programme if insufficient students enrol.

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Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE’s at grades A*-C, which must include maths. Alternatively you will need a Level 2 Diploma qualification with merit grade or above.

We will request a reference and potentially suitable applicants will be invited for interview before being offered a place.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the unit assessments.

The provisional units planned are:

  • Career Opportunities Within the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • Europe as a Tourist Destination
  • Investigating International Travel and Tourism Environments
  • Legislation for Travel Organisations
  • Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Planning and Promoting an Event
  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Travel and Tourism - Issues and Impacts
How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework in the form of written assignments and practical assessments, including role plays and oral presentations.

What next

Upon completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge further such as a Foundation degree in Tourism Management at a variety of different universities, progress onto a higher apprenticeship, or begin a career in the travel industry either in the UK or abroad, or in the conference and events industry.


Take job roles overseas as a representative or become a travel agent and arrange travel for local Businesses or work in conference and events.


Other job roles include; Hotel Customer Service Front of House, Marketing, Cabin Crew and Airport handling staff.


After a period of working and gaining experience within the sector, positions available could include; Social Media, Managerial role or even running your own business.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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