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Travel and Tourism


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The travel industry is one of the biggest industries in the world. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), over 100 million jobs could return to the global travel and tourism sector in the next few years. 

Our facilities here at Dover Technical College allow you to gain practical skills, as well as theoretical knowledge. We have excellent facilities including the interior of an airliner, for those of you who may be interested in pursuing cabin crew as a career path. You will benefit from the strong links made with our industry partners, putting you in an excellent position to further your career in this sector.

To help gain a better understanding of the industry, you will have the opportunity to participate in an educational trip, broadening your horizons with new experiences. Our courses can open the door to many other career options; you could move into marketing, events or public relations.

Study with us in Dover, located by the busiest cross-channel ferry port in the UK, a modern and expanding growing cruise port and of course, Dover Castle. 


Travel & Tourism FAQs

Q: What will I be studying?

A: You will study a variety of different tourism-related units including (but not limited to): marketing, visitor attractions, the cruise industry, customer service, resort representatives, worldwide adventure tourism, tour operations, event planning etc.

Q: Will you have guest speakers?

A: We have regular guest speakers to learn more about this exciting and fun industry. Past guest speakers include a Captain from Virgin Atlantic, cabin crew from both Jet2 and Virgin Atlantic, Travel Counsellors, National Trust and Eurotunnel.

Q: Will there be work experience?

A: You must complete at least 30 hours of work experience during the course. In the past students have taken part in work experience with DFDS Ferries, Best Western Dover Marina Hotel,  and Viking Recruitment to name a few. This year students had the exciting opportunity of 2-3 weeks of work experience in Portugal.

Q: What other qualifications can I study alongside the course?

A: At level 3, you have the option to study the Level 2 Award in Air Cabin Crew. We are also linked with the Travel Training Academy where students are able to achieve additional online qualifications on a variety of topics including cabin crew and holiday reps.

Q: What facilities does the Travel and Tourism department have?

A: We are extremely lucky to have our own air cabin crew room which is a mock-up of an aeroplane and airport departure lounge!

Q: Will there be trips and days out?

A: Yes, recent trips include Dover Castle, Port Lympne, Saga Holidays, and an overnight trip to London where our students were able to practice flying a plane using commercial flight simulators at the Emirates Aviation Experience. 

Q: Can the college help with costs?

A: Yes. There is a College bursary which students can apply for to help with transport, uniform, childcare or other costs. Check your eligibility and find out more by clicking here

Q: How many days do I need to be in College?

A: You will usually be in College for approximately two and a half days per week for your travel course. 

Q: Can I work while studying on the Travel and Tourism course?

A: Of course. The majority of our students opt for part-time employment.

If you have any further questions, then please feel free to contact us.

Meet the Team

Sacha Waite is the Programme Director and a Lecturer for the Travel and Tourism Department. 

Sacha joined Dover Technical College/East Kent Group in October 2017 following teaching Travel & Tourism since 2006 in schools and colleges. Prior to this, Sacha has travelled all over Europe as a holiday rep, travel consultant and customer relations executive. As Programme Director, Sacha is responsible for offering a varied and interesting curriculum that engages the students and meets the needs of local employers.

Read more about Sacha's career journey that lead on to her to managing our Travel and Tourism department, click here

Annike King is the Head of Service Industries and Access. 

Annike joined Dover Technical College in 2015. After a career in librarianship, Annike retrained as a teacher in 2015 and is now leading the vibrant Service Industry Department. She is passionate about providing opportunities for personal and professional development for local people and loves collaborating with employers to give students the best possible experience at College and beyond.

Career Prospects

Example: Conference and exhibition managers and organisers

 Annual pay
£11,960 - £40,040
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 33% over the period to 2027, adding 19,423 jobs. In the same period, 63% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 37,158 job openings.

Role description

Job holders in this unit group manage, organise and coordinate business conferences, exhibitions and similar events.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Dover Technical College

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Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Dover Technical College

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Why people love Travel and Tourism

Sacha Waite - Programme Director

Sacha Waite - Programme Director

I started my travel pathway right here at Dover Technical College where I completed my Level 3 BTEC in Travel and Tourism back in 1994. My studies here provided me with some great links within the travel industry and at weekends each winter, I worked as a Ski Train Rep for Crystal Holidays. 

To read more click here

Travel & Tourism students create their own Airline designs

Travel & Tourism students create their own Airline designs

Travel and Tourism students were tasked with devising an Airline and then conceiving their own Airline designs for it. Students had to create logos for the company and uniforms for the staff. This year the students had to then present their designs to the Deputy Principal who then decided on a winner for their pitch and designs.

Portugal Work Experience 2023

Portugal Work Experience 2023

Our Level 3 Travel and Tourism students had an amazing opportunity to undertake work experience in Portugal.

To find out more CLICK HERE

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Maison Dieu Road
Dover, Kent
CT16 1DH

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