September 19, 2018

Feature Degree: Travel and Tourism

If you have a passion for travel then a BSc (Hons) Travel and Tourism can give you the perfect foundation for an exciting career in the industry. The travel sector is enjoying good growth with three in ten people planning to spend more on their holidays than they did in 2016[1] so there are plenty of opportunities for graduates. Studying for a Travel and Tourism degree can give you the chance to travel the world, help you meet people from other cultures and open doors to a very diverse career with plenty of scope for advancement. 

It could lead to roles working for a travel company, airline or a cruise line or you could find work at attractions such as museums, theme parks or historical sites. A travel and tourism course can also lead to roles in marketing organisations or with tourism boards.

Head of Department for Tourism, Innovation, Marketing and Events at GSM London, Philiph Pryce, says: “It’s a good time to study travel and tourism, there are great career options and it’s a fun industry to work in. GSM London’s course focuses on employability. Our degree was designed in consultation with industry experts and we have strong links with the Institute of Travel and Tourism.”

Why is travel and tourism so important?

Plenty of world events and political incidents are disrupting different countries but people still want to travel and take holidays – just look at the estimated million fans who travelled to Russia for the football World Cup. The travel industry contributed $8.27 trillion[2] to the global economy last year with Kenya, Iceland and China experiencing some of the greatest growth in tourist numbers.[3] And the market is expected to continue to see growth of between 4% and 8% depending on the region between now and 2020.[4]

There are endless opportunities for anyone with an interest in travel and tourism, whether it’s working in an established market or helping to develop tourism in an emerging country. Those with tourism management skills are particularly sought after because it they have both tourist knowledge and business management experience. A Travel and Tourism degree can help you gain those skills and accelerate you quickly into a managerial role.

What will I learn?

The Travel and Tourism degree, taught in London, will teach you how the industry operates as well as its effects on local infrastructure and the world economy. You’ll learn about finance in the industry, human resource management, law and marketing as well as policy and planning in tourism, destination marketing and sustainable tourism.

You’ll learn through a mixture of theory and practice. You’ll undertake coursework as well as take part in simulations and live projects. The course can be quite vocational in its nature but this gives you a chance to pick up valuable commercial skills which are advantageous when finding a job after graduation.

Interests and skills

A strong interest in travel is an advantage as is a desire to explore different parts of the world. But it’s also important to be a people person – you’ll meet lots of different people during the course of a career in the industry so it’s important that you are personable, easy to get along with, great at communication and at times, very diplomatic.

Having good IT skills, being able to problem-solve and work as part of a team are also desirable.

Where will it lead me? 

A Travel and Tourism degree can literally take you all over the world. It’s an industry which can also be a lot of fun too. You can get a job in an area directly related to the degree such as a holiday rep, tourism officer or tour manager. You can also take on a host of roles in other areas such as customer service, event and hospitality management, marketing and education.

During the course you’ll develop a strong understanding of international tourism, business management and communication skills which are strong transferable skills that will prove useful in many different professions.

Entry requirements

You’ll need two A-Levels and a total of 32 UCAS points or you’ll need to have completed GSM London’s Foundation Year programme with a minimum of 120 credits. Alternative qualifications are accepted including; BTEC National Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HND/C, International Baccalaureate and Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced.

A foundation year can be a great option if you have had a break from academic study, preparing you for degree study.

Don’t worry if you don’t meet our standard entry requirements – you can still be considered on your individual merits if you have a fully up-to-date CV and have evidence of at least one year of full-time work experience. We will also need a signed and stamped work reference and you may need to sit an academic interview and/or write an essay. You can also be considered for direct entry if you have two years of professional work experience in a relevant field.

How do I apply? 

We would like to hear from you if you have any questions about our Travel and Tourism degree. You can call us on 020 3797 4687 or find out how to apply here.

 

[1] https://abta.com/assets/uploads/general/ABTA_Travel_Trends_Report_2018.pdf 

[2] https://www.statista.com/topics/962/global-tourism/

[3] https://www.statista.com/statistics/317495/luxury-destinations-with-the-largest-growth-in-travel-worldwide/ Luxury travel to Kenya grew by 59% in 2016 compared to the previous year, Iceland grew by 56% and China by 35%

[4] https://www.statista.com/statistics/274010/inbound-visitor-growth-forecast-worldwide-by-region/

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