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HND Travel and Tourism Management (incorporating Hospitality and Events Management)

The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Travel and Tourism Management (incorporating Hospitality and Events Management) offers those who have an interest in the dynamic world of travel and tourism and hospitality and events management, an opportunity to explore the sector and develop the skills required to work in this competitive industry. Developed in consultation with tourism and hospitality sector employers, the HND is a specialist work-related programme of study, covering the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in today’s tourism industry. This nationally recognised qualification offers professional vocational development within employment, or provides opportunities to progress further into higher education.

Entry Requirements

Along with an interest in travel and tourism, you will require one of the following qualifications to enrol on this Level 5 HND course:

  • 2x GCE A Levels (A* – C grades)
  • BTEC Level 3 qualification (Merit profile)
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate

All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview by a member of the lecturing team.
If you currently do not hold any of the above qualifications, but have wide ranging and relevant experience in the hospitality or tourism industries then, subject to interview, there may be enrolment upon the course. In other situations where the above qualifications are not held, the College may be able to offer you an alternative full-time course or apprenticeship to support future progression onto this HND programme.

Course Content

As a South Downs College HND student studying travel and tourism, you will have the opportunity to participate in formal work placements and/or part-time employment to develop your professional skills.  You will also have the chance to obtain further industry recognised qualifications, such as the Level 2 Personal Licence Course, alongside gaining first-hand knowledge of the industry through the planning and delivery of an event, the input of guest speakers and the experience of visiting differing tourism and hospitality organisations and locations.

Together with undertaking the core course units, you will develop your skills to a high level, through:
• Focusing on the development of higher-level skills in a tourism and hospitality based environment
• Enhancing the personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
• Having an opportunity to gain critical awareness and the ability to research, synthesise and handle complex information
• Providing flexibility, knowledge and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development in tourism and hospitality

HND units (Year 1):
• The Travel and Tourism Sector – to develop an understanding of the global environment within which tourism operates.
• Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector – to acquire knowledge, skills and techniques to assist in management decision-making processes.
• The Developing Manager – to gain an understanding of behaviour management principles and to review personal management potential.
• Marketing – to consider the key aspects of marketing within the travel and tourism and hospitality sector.
• Contemporary Issues – to give insight into current issues and trends and how they affect the tourism and hospitality industry.
• Tourist Destinations – to acquire an understanding of both UK and worldwide destinations and the aspects of their popularity.
• Business Events Management – to have the opportunity to plan, deliver and evaluate an event as part of a team.
• The Entertainment Industry and Venue Management – to develop knowledge of the  entertainment industry and the management and operation of venues.

The first year of the qualification will present the opportunity to achieve the Level 4 HNC in Travel and Tourism Management.

HND units (Year 2):
• Legislation and Ethics in the Travel and Tourism Sector
• Sustainable Tourism Development
• Visitor Attraction Management
• Personal and Professional Development
• Research Project
• Resort Management
• Hospitality Contract and Event Management
• Public Relations and Promotions in Travel and Tourism

For both levels of qualification, each unit is selected in order to develop the skills required for the tourism and hospitality industries via consultation with a range of sector employers.

How will I be taught?

You will attend 15 hours of workshops, lectures and tutorials each week over a period of 32 weeks per academic year. The course will be taught with an approach that delivers:

• A balance between practical skills development and knowledge acquirement
• Links made between theory and practice in the workplace
• Utilisation of industry knowledgeable staff
• Constant links and work with industry employers
• Opportunities to apply learning to actual events within the sector

How will I be assessed?

The HND in Travel and Tourism Management is assessed continuously through a range of assignments, projects, group projects, workshops and formative tasks.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Course textbooks may be required for specific units.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Travel and Tourism Management.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

The HND in Travel and Tourism Management is a two-year full-time higher education course, providing natural progression onto further higher education courses, or alternatively direct entry into employment.

The HND in Travel and Tourism Management can be advanced to a full degree (Level 6) by undertaking a second or third year degree (or honours degree) at university, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course and each institution’s entry criteria.

Direct entry into employment offers the potential for progression into a wide range of positions in tourism or hospitality organisations, within both the private and public sectors.



Course Information

Formed in 1974, South Downs College has a long heritage in delivering specialist tourism and hospitality courses to 350 students per year.

The course will provide exciting opportunities for South Downs College HNC students to participate in tourism related visits in the UK and Europe.

The College has no residential student accommodation and students normally make their own arrangements as regards to where currently they live.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. If you would like further information, advice and guidance, please contact the College on 023 9279 7979.

Further Information

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HNC/HND/Foundation Degree

If you would like to apply for a Higher Education course, you will be required to pay the advertised fees in full. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to a government approved Student Loan. You would need to apply to Student Finance England directly to receive this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • Your course of study (if you’ve studied a higher education course before)
  • Your age
  • Your nationality or residency status.

Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. To receive Tuition Fee Loans or grants, you will have to be under the age of 60 years at the start of the course.

The course must be one of the following to be eligible for the loan:

  • a Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert Ed)
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England as follows:

  1. Set up a student finance account online.
  2. Log in and complete the online application.
  3. Include details of your household income and ask your parents (or partner) to support your application, if needed.
  4. Send in proof of identity, if required.
  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within six weeks.

For more information on courses or the Student Loan please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9279 4662 or 023 9279 7910.


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