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1 year full-time (2.5 days), 2 years part-time (2 evenings)

Approval status

This course will run but is subject to minimum numbers

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 64 UCAS tarrif points
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Not quite meeting the above entry requirements? Speak to us 01279 868100

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

Who is it suitable for?

Those that want to pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism industry, Aviation, or Events Management, that have completed a Level 3 qualification.  Those that are currently working in the industry and want to gain a higher qualification.

About the course

You will study approximately 8 units per year on the HNC/D course, all closely related to the industry you have chosen to pursue your career in. In the HND year (Year 2) there is the option to follow 2 different pathways, Aviation Operation or Events Management, a decision that is made at the start of Year 2.

Why study?

The course gives students the widest possible grounding in International Travel & Tourism Management, and the ability to progress to either university to extend their learning within the Travel & Tourism industry, or employment.

Where will this course take me?

Learners studying the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma will be able to progress to the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in International Travel and Tourism Management, or to the first year of undergraduate study in a related early years degree programme, or directly to employment in an associated profession.

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the Travel & Tourism sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in the Travel & Tourism sector or progress to higher education. Other learners may want to extend the specialism that they followed on the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma programme.

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible. Check with Universities directly or the UCAS website.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

Core modules

  • The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry 
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Professional Identity and Practice
  • The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit
  • Leadership and Management for Service Industries 

Optional modules

  • Managing Aviation Services
  • Managing Conference & Events
  • Work Experience

How much does it cost?

£5995 (£4995 if you have already completed the HNC course elsewhere.) 

You may be eligible to a student loan to cover your fees and maintenance. This loan is available from the Government via Student Finance England. The website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to. 

If you have any questions our Admissions Advisers are on hand to offer financial advice and guidance. Please email: or call 01279 868100

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work.

Assessment & Feedback

Coursework assignments, formative and summative assessment

Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Mind Mapping
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Action research

 The % of teaching and learning that is:

  •  Coursework/written 70%
  • Practical 10%
  • Work based learning 20%

The % type of planned learning:

  • Planned hours face to face 70%
  • Independent study 30%

Assessment % how much is:

  • Final assessment end loaded 35%
  • In year assessment/continuous 65%

Types of assessment %:

  • Controlled assessment (open book or closed book) 0%
  • Exam – written 0%
  • Exam – multiple choice 0%
  • Portfolio 60%
  • Practical piece 20%
  • Work based 20%

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