West Thames College London

Travel and Tourism Management - Higher National Certificate (HNC)

This one-year higher education course is vocationally focused and aims to prepare students to move to degree courses or into employment. It is suitable for employees in travel and tourism and those wishing to enter the industry, and enables you to develop the skills, techniques and attributes essential for working as a manager in travel and tourism.

The Higher National Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management aims to:

  • Develop students' general ability in Travel and Tourism Management through effectively using and combining knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • Provide specialist studies in Travel and Tourism Management
  • Provide a taught programme of study to support students in learning new skills and in developing their individual practice, within the culturally diverse environment of west London
  • Provide tutorial support to help students develop their educational and vocational abilities, and their personal qualities and attitudes
  • Develop the routines and skills of working as a co-operative group
  • Provide the foundation for a range of careers in Travel and Tourism
  • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment.
Key course features


  • BTEC (EdExcel) Higher National Certificate
  • JACS Code: N832
  • Institution Code: W65
  • Date of production: September 2010
  • Date of revision: July 2016

Level: Level 4

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 25 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Advanced students who want a career in travel and tourism management or those working in the industry who wish to improve their employment opportunities. We also accept mature students who do not have traditional qualifications.

About the course

Study will be a mixture of theory and practical work; tasks and assignments are set to reflect the connection between knowledge and practical skills.

You will study:

  • The travel and tourism sector
  • Finance and funding in the travel and tourism sector
  • Marketing in travel and tourism
  • Contemporary issues in travel and tourism
  • Legislation and ethics in the travel and tourism sector
  • Heritage and cultural tourism management
  • Personal and professional development
  • Tourist destinations
Information correct at 23 June 2016.
Additional opportunities

The course includes visits to travel and tourism organisations such as BAA and trade exhibitions such as the World Travel Market, held annually at ExCel in London. Visiting guest speakers will deliver talks about careers in the industry.

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is through coursework assignments (these may be in the form of written reports or presentations supported by suitable media). Staff and other students will give feedback so that you can see how you are progressing and improve your skills.

Regulation of Standards

  • Assessment conforms to Edexcel regulations
  • Internal verification of assignment briefs and assessment standards
  • External moderation of samples of work by external examiner
Where next?

Continue on to the HND in Travel and Tourism Management or a BA (Hons) Degree in Travel and Tourism or a linked subject.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry qualification is at least one A Level, National Diploma or equivalent, preferably supported by a pass in GCSE English and Maths.

We encourage mature students to enter with a pass in an appropriate Access Certificate. For some students over 19, and particularly for those over 21, we consider other background and experience and may accept students without formal qualifications.

It is our intention to interview all students before an offer is made.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


This fee is for one year of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. The course fee is usually covered by your student loan and you will not need to pay this back until you have completed this course and when you are earning over £21,000 a year. Home students may receive a bursary of £600 to help towards expenses (usually in February, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress on the course).

Please note that if you have already achieved a degree, you will be liable to pay a higher fee (£7,000 in 2014-15).

The fee for international students for 2015-16 was £8,000 and the 2016-17 fee is to be confirmed.

How to apply?
Please apply via www.UCAS.com or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Olena Kolokolova

    BTEC Level 3 Travel & Tourism

    Olena Kolokolova

    "I really enjoyed the course as there are lots of oppotunities for the future; I don't have just one career option but lots of possibilities. I also like the trips, there's always something new to learn. Last year we went on a trip to British Airways where we learnt more about the airline business."


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