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Tourism

If you have an interest in learning about other cultures, passionate about sharing your own, have a spirit of adventure, or if you just take pride in providing first-class service, a career in tourism may be right for you.

About our tourism programmes

It's not just about working in a travel agency! Our courses in tourism will give you the opportunity to experience the incredible breadth of the tourism industry.

You will take part in visits to market-leading organisations including hotel chains and major tourism destinations such as Disneyland Paris. All these trips are an opportunity to improve your understanding of the importance of customer service and attention to detail in an incredibly competitive industry.

Our students regularly support major local events. These projects develop excellent teamwork skills and enable you to experience the realities of working in this fast-paced and, at times, high-pressured industry.

As part of your studies, you will also have access to:

  • dedicated study spaces
  • IT suites and computer facilities
  • the opportunity to purchase discounted laptops through our partnership with Academia

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.



ACTIVATE LEARNING ATTRIBUTES

Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Cruise ship steward: work on board a cruise ship, maintaining communal areas and cabins clean and assisting customers during their trip 
  • Airport information assistant: help customers in transit through an airport with any issues that may arise, such as requests for information
  • Hotel receptionist: welcome hotel guests, process bookings and handle any resulting issues
  • Travel agent: help holidaymakers or business people put together a trip schedule that meets their specification, securing deals from suppliers on their behalf
  • Airline cabin crew: provide excellent customer service to clients on board of an airplane, selling products including refreshments and ensuring they remain safe at all times
  • Events manager: help organisations and individuals plan and host events, such as weddings or large corporate functions

About the tourism industry

Tourism in the UK is thriving. Over three million people currently work in the tourism and associated industries and the number of jobs is forecast to grow by around 3% a year.

Current trends within the sector include sustainable tourism, adventure tourism, international tourism and the rise of the ‘staycation’, known as domestic tourism.

Working in travel and tourism involves advising on, and making, travel arrangements for customers, as well as providing services to enhance holidaymakers’ enjoyment, comfort and safety.

The focus in this service-oriented industry is on customer service and attention to detail.

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Industry partnerships

We work closely with partner organisations such as Experience Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) to give you an insight on the realities on working in tourism.