The Travel and Tourism Industry is one full of opportunities both locally and internationally. The industry sustains over 40,000 jobs in Northern Ireland. With the aim to double its contribution to the economy by 2020 an additional 10,000 jobs could be generated. Considering the increase in the travel and tourism product in Northern Ireland, such as Screen Tourism and world class events, employment opportunities could arise in a number of Tourism Attractions, Tour Operators, Airports, Travel Agencies, Tourist Information Centres, Holiday Representatives and Tourist Attraction such as the World’s number one (2016) Titanic Belfast as well as diversifying into careers in Marketing, Events or Hospitality.
Overall, a course in International Travel & Tourism Management offers vocational and academic training to develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry, develop business, management, study, personal development and communication skills to help you enhance your career prospects.
This two-year programme, validated by Ulster University, offers career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry, hospitality, marketing and events. During the two years, you will study 13 modules including:
• Professional Skills for Travel & Tourism
• Destination Ireland
• Event Operations
• International Travel & Tourism Destinations
• Personal and Professional Development
• Global Hospitality & Tourism Management
• Leadership & People Management
There is also a compulsory work placement in the final semester of year two which can be either local or international. Previously, students have been placed, for example, in Miami, South Africa, Mauritius, Norway, Belgium and Amsterdam as well as locally in Tourism organisations and attractions, Travel Agencies, Events companies, Hospitality organisations and the Airports. Assessment is by a combination of assignments, examinations and a project completed during the work placement.
Successful graduates have a choice of progression opportunities subject to their final results. Students can apply to the final year of the BSc Hons Degree in International Travel & Tourism Management at Ulster University (upon successful completion of the bridging modules) or to other relevant universities’ courses. Alternatively, the course has been designed, through consultation with the industry advisory board, to meet the demands of the industry in a major growth area and therefore students may seek to gain employment. Students will also have the opportunity to go forward for the prestigious Northern Ireland Travel News Student of the Year Award.
Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which can be found here.
However, the specific admissions for this Foundation Degree requires:
• A minimum of 72 tariff points at Level 3 (UCAS New Tariff points for entry to Higher Education 2017); 180 tariff points (using the old UCAS tariff system).
• You must also have at least a Grade C in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.
You will be invited to a pre-entry guidance session at which specific advice will be given, more details on this process can be found in the step by step guide to making an application.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.