Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities
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, some of which involve gaining sea survival experience, fire safety and first aid qualifications, 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, the gateway to tourism in the South East.
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: Where is the college based?
A: We are based in the great coastal location of Dover, with the busiest cross-channel ferry port in the UK, a modern and expanding growing cruise port and of course, Dover Castle. There are big plans in place to develop the port and town of Dover so the there will be lots of employment opportunities available for our students in the very near future.
Q: Will you have guest speakers?
A: Yes, 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 need to complete a minimum of 30 hours work experience during the course. In the past students have taken part in work experience with DFDS Ferries, Best Western Dover Marina Hotel, Best Western Clifton Hotel Folkestone, TUI Travel Agents, Viking Recruitment to name a few.
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. Also, level 2 students will take part in training at the Maritime Skills Academy where they will gain industry-recognised certificates in Personal Survival Techniques and Elementary First Aid. 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! The best way to learn about travel and tourism is to go out and about. Recent trips include Dover Castle, Port Lympne, Saga Holidays, P&O call centre 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. This year students have the exciting opportunity of 2-3 weeks work experience in Spain, where you have the option of staying in either Seville or Granada.
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.
Q: What is the future for the travel and tourism industry?
A: The last few years have been difficult for the travel industry but it has been difficult for everyone! However, the travel industry is robust. This is not the first time that the travel industry has suffered and had to adapt, think back to 9/11. However, the industry is resilient, and the world is desperate to travel and go on holiday again. The travel industry WILL recover, and it will be better than ever!! When this happens there will be a massive recruitment drive for staff and they will be looking for people with the appropriate qualifications and training.
If you have any further questions, then please feel free to contact us.
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.
My name is Harry and I study Travel and Tourism level 3. I started at Dover Technical College in 2019, completing the first year of my level 3 before returning this September to finish the full qualification.
A day in the life of a travel and tourism student
It’s Monday and I’ve got an exciting day ahead of me. My first lesson is English, where my lecturer asks me to write a story about a faraway place
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Virgin Atlantic Career Talk
Sarah Moyse visited the college to give a career talk to our level 2 and 3 Travel and Tourism students about working as cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic, one of the UK's leading scheduled airlines.
Sarah had fascinating stories to tell the students about working on-board as cabin crew and gave an overview of the great benefits of working for Virgin Atlantic. A very engaging talk.
Example: Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
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.
Job holders in this unit group manage, organise and coordinate business conferences, exhibitions and similar events.
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If you are 16 to 18-years-old and want to explore your options then apply today.
Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway.
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.