Travel & Tourism
As we move into a truly global economy, the Travel and Tourism department will give you the skills to work in one of the world’s fastest moving industries. We are a forward looking department with good contacts in the sector and an emphasis on getting the very best out of our students.
Not only do we organise the best speakers, work experiences and trips, so that your knowledge is as broad as possible, but we give you in-depth teaching about the theories, practices and skills you’ll need to become a travel professional.
Teaching on our Resort Reps course has been awarded a Grade 1 by Ofsted and two of our Diploma students achieved a triple distinction this year - some of the highest grades in the country.
The Travel and Tourism team have all enjoyed successful careers within the industry and many are still active in their fields. Organisations we have worked for range from EF Educational Tours and Tailored Travel, to The London Aquarium and The National Maritime Museum. Highly motivated and always striving for excellence in our teaching, we use our industry experience and teaching expertise to show you how your skills will work in the real world.
In addition to the off-site opportunities, you will find the facilities at Nescot put everything you need within easy reach. You will learn how to present your work in a polished, professional manner, using our IT facilities, and the academic aspects of your course are taught in large, well-equipped classrooms. We also have a full scale air plane cabin, where role play and simulations are taught.
And let’s not forget those all-important field visits that support the theory you have been taught. To develop your professional practice we arrange visits to British Airways and Virgin, where you get the chance to take part in simulated safety and emergency procedures. Each year we organise trips to UK and European resorts, in recent years we have taken groups to Lanzarote, Canterbury, Dublin, Barcelona and Venice!
Working with Other Departments and Organisations
Our industry links are one of the strengths of the department. We run a student led Conference to look at how we maintain and use these relationships, which keeps our Diploma students’ work experience fresh and relevant. We also have an enviable roster of Speakers including travel agents, tour operators and cruise operators like EasyCruise and Caribbean Cruises as an integral part of the programme.
Previous students have had work experience placements with companies such as Kuoni, Hilton Hotel Group, Travel Lodge, Royal Carribbean and Thomas Cook.
But it is not only our contacts in Travel and Tourism that improve your learning here. We run innovative courses that cater to all aspects of our industry and, where possible, use expertise from other Nescot departments to reflect this. Previous collaborations have involved a Ski Trip with Sport and a trip to Chessington World of Adventures for our students with learning difficulties.
A World of Opportunity
The Travel and Tourism industry simply offers a great range of employment opportunities – both in the UK and worldwide. The programmes we provide here at Nescot cover the full range of job and career options – from event management to cruising, from business travel to hospitality operations. We also offer additional options to improve your employment prospects. These Certificates give you in-depth knowledge of more specific jobs and lead to recognised qualifications such as Cabin Crew and Resort Representatives.
Previous students are currently employed throughout the travel industry at the forefront of this exciting and challenging sector.
- Eden Wight
- Second Year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
I've always wanted to travel and I'd like to live abroad in the future, so I decided to study Travel and Tourism. I read a lot of information about Nescot's course on the website, and when I came to an open evening and met the tutors I thought I would be happy at the college.
Travelling to Tenerife and Barcelona were probably my favourite parts of the course. I had a really good time, but we worked really hard and I learnt more about the industry than I would have done by sitting in a classroom. Everyone enjoys Travel and Tourism, the atmosphere is really positive and we feel like a family. The teaching is really good and the staff go out of their way to help you.
With a BTEC you can study something you're really interested in to a greater depth, and I've really enjoyed that. I've also been able to do extra qualifications, including NCFE Level 2 units in Resort Representatives and Aviation Operations on the Ground.
There's a lot of emphasis on practical experience, and as part of the course I did some work experience in a hotel. I didn't enjoy it, but I'm glad I did it because it taught me more about how hotels work and it made me feel more certain about my career plans.
Next year I want to do a Higher National Diploma in Travel and Tourism, and because I've enjoyed being here so much I've decided to stay on. I'm hoping to go on to become cabin crew, and I think the skills, extra qualifications and practical experience I've had here will really help me.
- James Needes
- Second Year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
Studying at Nescot has been a great experience, and I'm so glad I chose this college. I was thinking about staying on at school, but when I read about the Travel and Tourism course here it seemed a perfect fit.
I've wanted to become cabin crew for as long as I can remember, and I feel studying here has really helped to prepare me. The tutor who taught us the cabin crew module used to work for Virgin Airlines and the room we were taught in is set up like a plane, with facilities like proper seats and a trolley. You learn better that way rather than just reading from a book.
We do work placements as part of the course in the second year, and I went to Jersey Airport. I had an insight into different parts of airport management, from the check-in desk to boarding planes and welcoming customers and thinking about security, but the experience of being away from home and meeting lots of people was also really valuable.
Coming to college is a very different experience to staying on at school, and I think it prepares you better for the workplace. You're treated like an adult, and everyone is friendly and open-minded. I'm gay, and I have always felt very well supported and never judged.
The units are varied, from business to rural tourism and responsible travel, so there's something for everyone. The work has been challenging and there's a lot of work, but the tutors Selina, Nicole, Jen, Mat, Naomi and Vykke are always ready to give anyone extra help they need. I couldn't have asked for more, and I would recommend this course at Nescot to anyone.
- Additional options to improve your employment prospects. These Certificates give you in-depth knowledge of more specific jobs and lead to recognised qualifications such as Cabin Crew and Resort Representatives.
- Innovative projects cater to all aspects of our industry and use expertise from other Nescot departments. Previous collaborations have involved a Ski Trip with Sport and a trip to Chessington World of Adventures for our students with learning difficulties. This year we are planning to work with Performing Arts on our Entertaining Holiday Makers project.
- Previous students have had work experience placements with companies such as Kuoni, Hilton Hotel Group, Travel Lodge, Royal Carribean and Thomas Cook.
- Enviable roster of speakers including travel agents, tour operators and cruise operators like EasyJet and Caribbean Cruises.
- Student led Conference to look at how we maintain and use our excellent industry relationships.
- Trips to UK and European resorts - in recent years we have taken groups to Lanzarote, Canterbury, Dublin, Barcelona and Venice!
- Academic aspects of your course are taught in large, well-equipped classrooms.
- Organisations staff have worked with range from EF Educational Tours and Tailored Travel, to The London Aquarium and The National Maritime Museum.
- Teaching on our Resort Reps course has been given a Grade 1 by the awarding body.