GCSE maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as City & Guilds, BTEC, A Level or an Access course.
Applicants with extensive industry experience that can prove capable of working at Level 4 may also be considered. All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
This course is designed for individuals who are interested (and passionate!) in developing a successful career in the travel and tourism industry. Typical job roles related to the course are within airlines, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators as well as the growing cruise, events and hospitality sectors. Individuals applying for the course should ideally be interested in progressing into a supervisory or management role in the future. Individuals should enjoy independent research as well as small class seminars.
For the Level 4 Higher National Certificate the units are as follows:
The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry
Managing the Customer Experience
Leadership and Management for Service Industries (Pearson-Set)
Visitor Attractions Management
Global Tourism Destinations
Professional Identity and Practice
The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit
Usual delivery methods include lectures, seminars, classroom discussions, case studies, group work, presentations, guest speakers and educational visits. These will vary according to the units and their requirements however approximately 97% of the course is classroom based with the remaining 3% being residential study visits.
All units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a certain grade for the unit you must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specification. You will be informed of all assessment criteria at the beginning of each new unit via the assignment brief. Some units do require the completion of timed assessment activities which are done in exam conditions but there are a range of assessments for each unit which will be explained at the start of each unit. The course is 100% coursework with typical evidence including written reports and essays which will be submitted throughout the year.
The course offers you the opportunity to progress on our expected Level 5 Higher National Diploma in International Tourism Development, which we will be running from September 2020. Additionally, after successful completion of the course, learners can progress into the second or third year of a university programme. We have affiliated links with University College Birmingham, University of Brighton and Bucks New University and many learners have also progressed on to London based universities. Typical programmes include BSc/BA International Tourism Management and BA Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The course allows the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to gain employment in areas such as hotels, travel agencies, tour operations, cruise lines, airports, resort representatives and tourist attractions. Within these areas there will be opportunities to progress for example from hotel receptionist to front office manager.
Further, students will be encouraged to partake in their own work placement to gain further knowledge and skills required for the industry.
An Employment Fair is also held each year where Travel and Tourism employers liaise with students in offering advice and support for stepping into the workplace and all HNC learners will be required to attend.
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on
Assessment and grading
College rules and resources
Students will attend college for 15 hours a week including 12 hours of lectures, 1 hour tutorial and 2 hours of assessment development/study skills sessions over three days. Students are expected to complete at least 15-18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments).
Staff profiles available within the course handbook but all staff have higher level qualifications in the relevant field and work experience related to their subject specialisms.
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UCAS code: N810
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Last updated 06 March 2019
Home Fees: £5,352 Overseas Fees: £7,014
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit www.ucas.com
For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.