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 experience at South Downs was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student



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