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Travel and Tourism (with option to study languages) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This HND course will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop your career in the Travel and Tourism Industry. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to provide high-quality customer service and enhance your own employability. The course lasts two years starting in August, but you can also leave after one year with an HNC Travel and Tourism (fee applies).

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

    Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Pathways

    Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BA (Hons) International Tourism and Events Management degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, they study HND Travel and Tourism at City of Glasgow College while preparing for year three and four (for Honours) of the degree at GCU. BA (Hons) International Tourism and Events Management graduates enjoy excellent career prospects around the world bringing tourism initiatives and international events to life.

    Applications for the Pathways course should be made via UCAS. The GCU website has more information on entry requirements for the Pathways course. 

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Two Highers at Grade C or above (such as  English, Modern Studies, Languages, Business Management, Geography or History) AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    *Entry requirements for the BA (Hons) International Tourism and Events Management Pathways course, differ from our standard entry requirements. Please see GCU website for further information. 

    Additional selection requirements

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    An example of what you'll study*:-

    Year 1

    • Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry.
    • Preparation for Employment in Travel & Tourism.
    • Creating a Culture of Customer Care.
    • Applying Marketing Principles in Travel and Tourism.
    • Graded Unit.
    • International Tourist Destinations.
    • Retail Travel Practice.
    • Option of Language OR Air Travel AND Airline and Airport Operations.

    Year 2

    • Influences on the Travel and Tourism Industry.
    • Planning and Sustainable Development in Travel and Tourism.
    • Tour Operations.
    • Economics: The World Economy.
    • Business Travel Operations.
    • Graded Unit.
    • Option of Language OR Providing Information on the Scottish Tourism Product AND Working as Senior Cabin Crew.

    If the language option is chosen, you may study French, German, Italian or Spanish however, you cannot study the same language for two years. 

    *All subject to review

    After the course


    This course prepares you for a career in travel and tourism with:

    • National Tourist Organisations.
    • Travel Management Companies.
    • Visitor Centres/Attractions.
    • Tour Operators.
    • Travel Agents.
    • Airlines.
    • Airport Ground Handling.
    • Foreign Exchange Services.

    Continuing Study

    On successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress onto one of the following degree programmes:

    • Year three of BA (Hons) International Events and Tourism Management (Pathways).
    • Year three of BA (Hons) International Events and Tourism Management.
    • Year three of BA (Hons) Tourism Management at the University of the West of Scotland.
    • Yeat three of BA (Hons) Hospitality and Tourism Management.
    • Other BA (Hons) courses at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Strathclyde, University of Abertay and the University of the West of Scotland.


    How the course is taught

    The course will be taught using a variety of different teaching methods such as

    • Lectures.
    • Group work.
    • Industry Visits.
    • Guest Speakers.
    • Independent and Self Directed Study.
    • Role play.

    Due to the current pandemic classes are online however this may change depending on advice from the Scottish Government and some classes may take place on campus.

    Assessment methods

    You will be assessed on an on-going basis using a variety of methods such as:
    • Presentations.
    • Closed Book assessments.
    • Reports.
    • Investigations.
    • Role Play.

    Additional Information


    A laptop or PC is recommended for this course. 

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome