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Introduction to Tourism Aviation and Hospitality City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate at South Downs College

Course description

This is an introductory course for 16-19 year olds who are thinking of a career in the tourism or hospitality industry.


This course includes assignment work, group discussions, presentations and visits from guest speakers, role plays and practical activities.

Theory and practical classes, including customer service based activities in our College Restaurant which is open to the public.


Course content

You will undertake a broad introduction to the travel and tourism and hospitality industries.

The following is a sample of the units that you will study during the course:

  • UK Travel Industry
  • UK Tourism Industry
  • Customer service in travel and tourism
  • Airport Locational Geography
  • Preparing for employment in the travel and tourism industry
  • Worldwide Travel Destinations
  • Package travel and tourism products and services
  • Travel and tourism itineraries
  • Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations
  • The Role of Overseas Resort Representatives
  • Accessible Travel and Tourism
  • Planning for and Taking Part in a Visit

In addition, you will be expected to continue studying English and/or Maths at an appropriate level.


Entry requirements

Entry to this course is available to students who have completed a GCSE programme of study, have preferably attained a minimum grade E profile and who are seeking a broad-based, varied vocational programme.

For progression onto the Level 2 Air Cabin Crew then a D grade in either Maths or English is essential.

A pre-course interview will need to take place to ensure that this course is appropriate in type and level to your needs.


All of the units are internally assessed through assignments that are set and marked by subject teachers.

This includes assignment work, group discussions and practical assessments. A large emphasis is put on a realistic working environment; for instance this may involve serving paying customers in our College Restaurant.

Financial information

The course will be enhanced by a range of subsidised visits to relevant travel and tourism facilities, such as Thorpe Park and other local facilities. In addition students will have the opportunity to undertake a subsidised residential in day trips.

There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

Future opportunities

You may choose to seek employment in the aviation, catering/hospitality or tourism industries or progress to the Level 2 Air Cabin Crew Training or BTEC Level 2 Diploma Travel and Tourism or follow other related programmes of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2016

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