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International Travel and Tourism Management Higher National Certificate/Diploma

This course can be studied full-time over 1 year, achieving a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in International Travel and Tourism Management qualification, or over 2 years, achieving a Higher National Diploma (HND) in International Travel and Tourism Management qualification.

The HNC (Level 4) course provides a thorough grounding in travel and tourism principles which is further enhanced at Level 5 (the HND course) where units cover a broader range of contemporary issues relating to a variety of professions within the travel and tourism sector. It equips individuals with commercial acumen along with the understanding, professional and personal skills for success in a diverse range of roles in the industry including marketing and sales management, operations management, tourism development management, visitor attractions management, events management or even setting up your own business.

By completing a Higher Education (HE) level course you will develop appropriate academic study skills at degree level enabling progression to further professional qualifications in specific travel and tourism areas by mapping to units in a range of professional travel and tourism qualifications or jobs.

HNC Modules:
• Global Tourism Destinations
• Leadership and Management for Services Industries (Pearson-set)
• Managing the Customer Experience
• Marketing Essentials for Travel and Tourism
• Professional Identity and Practice
• The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry
• The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit
• Visitor Attraction Management

HND Modules:
• Consumer Behaviour and Insight
• Corporate Events Management
• Destination Management
• Ethical Tourism
• Launching a New Venture
• Managing and Running a Small Business
• Research Project

The tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 is £5,500. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 4 - Higher
Subject Area
Travel & Tourism
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
32 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: UCAS Tariff Points: 64 points. The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C, BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP, BTEC Diploma: Grade MM, BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade DM, Access to HE: Grade P45 Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4. Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: You will be contacted by telephone or receive a request to attend a virtual interview prior to an offer being made to you. If you do not hold a Level 2 English and/or Maths qualification you maybe required to undertake an initial assessment to ascertain your current literacy and/or numeracy levels and/or a free writing assessment. We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery and assessment takes place using a variety of reflecting practices that are used in the industry so that you are not only qualified but work ready. Examples of activities which can contribute to the total qualification time include: Guided classroom based learning, Independent research, Compilation of a portfolio of work experience, E-learning, E-assessment, Coursework, Pre-recorded podcast or webinar, Work-based learning, Approximately 13 hours per week class contact time.


Your progression to the HND course will be discussed during your HNC course and confirmed upon successful completion of your first year. On successful completion of the HND course it would allow you to apply for a related Top Up Degree course at University.