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Tourism

By following this pathway you will get the chance to experience the incredible breadth of the tourism industry.

About our tourism programmes

You will take part in trips and visits to organisations including hotel chains and major tourism destinations, such as Disneyland Paris. These visits will increase your understanding of the importance of customer service and attention to detail in this service-oriented 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.

You will also have the opportunity to join work experience placements in organisations including hotels, transport companies, ski resorts and tourist attractions, both in the UK and abroad. 

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
  • virtual reality experiences as part of cabin crew training

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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

Generating £106 billion per year, employing over two million people, supporting thousands of businesses, making up over 80% of the UK’s total visitor economy, England’s tourism sector is vibrant and vital.

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

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) , Oxford City Council and Academia for Business to give you an insight on the realities on working in tourism.