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Travel & Tourism

For the Level 4 Higher National Certificate the units are as follows:

  • The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Leadership and Management for Service Industries (Pearson-Set)
  • Visitor Attractions Management
  • Global Tourism Destinations
  • Professional Identity and Practice
  • The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit
  • Marketing Essentials for Travel and Tourism
  • Entry requirements

    GCSE maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as City & Guilds, BTEC, A Level or an Access course.

    Applicants with extensive industry experience that can prove capable of working at Level 4 may also be considered.
    All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

  • Who is the course for?

    This course is designed for individuals who are interested (and passionate!) in developing a successful career in the travel and tourism industry.
    Typical job roles related to the course are within airlines, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators as well as the growing cruise, events and hospitality sectors. Individuals applying for the course should ideally be interested in progressing into a supervisory or management role in the future.
    Individuals should enjoy independent research as well as small class seminars.

  • Study methods

    Usual delivery methods include lectures, seminars, classroom discussions, case studies, group work, presentations, guest speakers and educational visits. These will vary according to the units and their requirements however approximately 97% of the course is classroom based with the remaining 3% being residential study visits.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a certain grade for the unit you must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specification. You will be informed of all assessment criteria at the beginning of each new unit via the assignment brief.
    Some units do require the completion of timed assessment activities which are done in exam conditions but there are a range of assessments for each unit which will be explained at the start of each unit. The course is 100% coursework with typical evidence including written reports and essays which will be submitted throughout the year.

  • More information

    Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

    • Assessment and grading
    • College rules and resources
    • Student support and representation.

      Students will attend college for 15 hours a week including 12 hours of lectures, 1 hour tutorial and 2 hours of assessment development/study skills sessions over three days. Students are expected to complete at least 15-18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments).

      Staff profiles available within the course handbook but all staff have higher level qualifications in the relevant field and work experience related to their subject specialisms.

      Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.

      UCAS code: N810

      For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2024-25 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HRUC (and HCUC as we were know before Jan 2023) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information.

  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    The course allows the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to gain employment in areas such as hotels, travel agencies, tour operations, cruise lines, airports, resort representatives and tourist attractions. Within these areas there will be opportunities to progress for example from hotel receptionist to front office manager.

    Further, students will be encouraged to partake in their own work placement to gain further knowledge and skills required for the industry.

    An Employment Fair is also held each year where Travel and Tourism employers liaise with students in offering advice and support for stepping into the workplace and all HNC learners will be required to attend.

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    The course offers you the opportunity to progress to a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in International Tourism Development. Additionally, after successful completion of the course, learners can progress into the second or third year of a university programme. We have affiliated links with University College Birmingham, University of Brighton and Bucks New University and many learners have also progressed on to London based universities. Typical programmes include BSc/BA International Tourism Management and BA Hospitality and Tourism Management.

  • Fees

    Home student fee: £6,500

    International student fee: £8,500. There is also a registration fee for international students. This is between £115-25.

    The fees quoted are for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.

    Fees will be no higher than those published, subject to an Access and Participation Plan being approved by the Office for Students.

    Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Harrow, Richmond and Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC) does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

    For information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College please contact the Careers Team on 01895 853333.

    If you are unsure about your status, please contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

  • How to apply

    All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

    For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Course starting Sep 2024

Starts 30 September 2024

Duration 32 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00