Travel & Tourism

If you want to be part of an exciting, constantly changing industry that enables you to travel, meet new people and develop transferable skills, then travel and tourism is for you. The sector covers a wide range of roles including holiday representatives, airline work, conferencing and events.

So if you're an outgoing, friendly, people person and work well under pressure then we can help you get your career off to a flying start.

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Why choose us?

Be part of our success
You will benefit from the expertise and contacts of our tutors who have worked in the travel and tourism industry including roles as cabin crew, holiday representatives, travel agents, tour operators, conference and event organisers.

We also encourage excellence through our points system which rewards outstanding performance. Every year we have a departmental ‘Oscar’ awards ceremony that recognises our best student performance with awards for Most Improved Student, Loudest Student and Most Likely to be a Millionaire!

Be more employable
Join Bedford College and you will benefit from the excellent links we have with local employers that regularly come in as guest speakers and assessors or to deliver full sessions. For example, staff from Swissport have previously come into College to interview students on our Level 3 course and Thomas Cook attended our recruitment and selection event where they interviewed students wanting to become children’s representatives at their overseas resorts. We've also had staff from Menzies Aviation come in and past students who have worked for Kuoni and Thomson. 

Other companies we've worked with include Ryanair, easyJet, Flitwick Manor, Thomsons, Menzies, The Embankment Hotel, Henlow Grange, Thameslink and Harrods Aviation. All of this helps you to develop the skills that will make you more employable and successful when applying for jobs.

Use fantastic facilities
Our specialist facilities and equipment include life jackets, oxygen masks, interactive globes, trolleys, PA systems, dictaphones and flip cameras, and computer software to simulate airport check-in.

Swissport Aviation's Academy 
Our Travel & Tourism department is pleased to announce that we are now part of Swissport Aviation’s Academy. Swissport is the world’s largest aviation services provider, and offers a small number of colleges around the country the opportunity to become part of their academy.

Being part of the Swissport Academy brings a number of benefits to our students including airport visits, guest speakers and a guaranteed interview with Swissport.


Student destinations

In 2016 76% of students went on to degree-level study at colleges and universities such as De Montfort University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University and Southampton Solent University, or moved straight into employment at companies including Thomson, First Choice and Centre Parcs.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16

Enjoy your studies
We will expect you to work hard, but you will also have time to make new friends and enjoy the fun side of your course. Recent educational visits include a three day trip (including overnight ferry) from Hull to Rotterdam and Amsterdam; a day trip to Edinburgh and a HE residential trip to Malta. We have also visited British Airways to complete their practical safety training day and have explored British seaside resorts such as Brighton and Southend. Other educational activities have included: Drayton Manor, Thorpe Park, Jordan's Mill, Wrest Park, The London Dungeon, The London Eye, Madame Tussards, Paradise Wildlife Park, World Travel Market and the Emirates Air Line.

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