Travel & Tourism

Travel and tourism is a wide-ranging and fast-growing area, appealing to those with an interest in exploring the world and who enjoy working with people. Tourism plays a huge part in the global economy and we offer you the chance to build the skills you need for a career in this dynamic world. Travel and tourism doesn’t just apply to international travel, there are many opportunities locally and across the UK to gain employment in the travel and tourism industry.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our students’ excellent customer service skills, developed through lessons and activities. We have realistic study environments such a real fuselage section from a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. The rig which is the only one of its type in a UK College includes Galley and toilet areas, working doors and audio visual facilities and is equipped to current aviation standards.

South Downs College has strong links with companies in the tourism industries to provide you with relevant work experience to support your studies such as BA, Virgin, Hays Travel, Thompson, Carnival UK and many more. We offer residential and day trips, both nationally and internationally, to keep your education current and to give you a taste of your potential career path.

Our industry experienced staff offer their expertise so you can learn valuable skills and knowledge to help you in your future employment. If you’re an Air Cabin Crew student, you’ll have the opportunity to train at the Virgin Atlantic Training Base at Gatwick Airport. You’ll also have the chance to attend mock interviews so that you are fully prepared when you complete your course.

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My time at South Downs was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. South Downs is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student



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