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International Travel & Tourism Management BTEC HND

  • HE

This course explores the dynamic and exciting travel and tourism industry. Using a combination of practical and academic approaches, you will learn about operational practice as well as the strategic development of the UK and international travel and tourism. Whether you are new to the travel and tourism business or have experience of working in a related organisation the qualification will enhance your career prospects.


I came to Bedford College in September 2012 and started on the Level 2 full-time Travel & Tourism study programme. My journey continued as I progressed on the Level 3 course; I was gaining lots of knowledge of the industry and was even nominated as Class Representative, which involved attending meetings with the College’s executive team on behalf of our course.

I was not aware of the option to study at degree-level at College, but with the help and guidance from the tutors I soon learnt about the HNC course.  This course offered such a great variety of options that I decided to further my studies at Bedford College. It was a big step up to Higher Education but having progressed through the levels I had plenty of knowledge and understanding behind me, and the support from the tutors certainly helped me.

I’ve really enjoyed the unit on Sustainable Tourism and looking at the social and economic factors that have an impact on tourism today. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Resort Management unit, which I have a strong interest in. 

I am going to top-up to a full degree at Brighton University next year where I will study BA Hons International Tourism Management.  Upon completion of my degree I can then consider two options: to either continue at university and study for a Masters degree; or possibly train in Resort Management. I enjoy engaging with people and offering customer service, and feel this role would combine my passion for travel with my bubbly personality.

Olivia - Travel & Tourism HND

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Travel & Tourism BTEC HNC in International Travel & Tourism management (1st year)

We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

Your units will cover a range of themes and activities within the industry which are designed to develop your management skills as well as to broaden your knowledge of travel and tourism.

You will study the following units to gain the full HND General Pathway qualification:

  • Research Project (Pearson set)
  • Tourism Consumer Behaviour & Insight
  • Airport Operations Management
  • Destination Marketing
  • Developing the Event Experience
  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Management
  • Tourism Resort Management.
You will be offered the opportunity to participate in trips and visits during the course. These are designed to aid your coursework and enhance your ability to achieve.

Assessment methods

Assignments (including timed assessment), presentations, discussions, academic posters, displays, leaflets, recordings of interviews/role plays, working logbooks, reflective journals and work-based projects.


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in International Travel and Tourism Management

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you can choose to enter employment or you can also top-up to a BA (Hons) at various universities in courses such as:

  • International Travel and Tourism
  • Aviation Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Museum and Heritage Studies.

You can progress onto the following careers:

  • Operations Manager
  • Tourism Development Manager
  • Visitor Attractions Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Marketing and Sales Manager
  • Flight Operations Manager
  • Passenger Operations Manager
  • Destination Manager
  • Destination Planning Officer
  • Tourism Development Officer

Additional information

There is an opportunity for a Residential visit overseas as well as various other trips. Previous trips have included: Signature Flight Support, the World Travel Market, London, Woburn Safari and Abbey, Jordans Mill, Wrest Park, and destinations in Malta: Bugibba, St Juliens, San Anton Gardens and M’Dina.

There are additional costs of approximately £1,000 for trip fees. This will cover the Residential costs which are in consultation with students. Smaller day trips are a compulsory part of the programme.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code N81A. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (Days to be confirmed). 

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 21/09/2020 £5895 Cauldwell Street H1681

Additional Learning Support
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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.