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Welcome to Aviation & Travel

Travel, tourism and events is one of the most exciting sectors you can work in! As if the possibility of international travel wasn't enough, here are five reasons you should consider a career in aviation, tourism and events:

1. Life experience – there’s no denying that this is the industry to be in if you want to see the world, meet new people and explore new venues. Whether you’re exploring the world as a member of cabin crew, working in a resort for a tour operator, planning events in exciting locations, running a top-end hotel or working in an airport, you’ll get to meet people from different walks of life and visit some of the best places in the world.

2. Long-term opportunities – some of the largest companies in the world operate in this sector (think Virgin, Tui and Festival Republic). If you’re willing to work hard and put the skills you learn to use, you could have a job for life.

3. Every day is different – as an event planner you could be doing anything from visiting venues to dealing with caterers or designers for invites. As a member of cabin crew, you could be travelling to, and exploring, different places in the world every week. You could even be re-booking cancelled flights or selling the many highlights of a tropical island as a travel advisor. If there’s one thing we can guarantee in this industry it’s that it will never be boring!

4. Learn skills for life – in the aviation, tourism and events industry you’ll gain skills that employers from every industry will value. From dealing with customers and delivering outstanding customer service, to time management and organisation, your experience will be invaluable!

5. High demand for jobs – this is an industry that is growing and is forecast to keep on growing. If you do a study programme in this area you know that with hard work and the right attitude it’s likely you’ll find work in the industry when you graduate.

Travel & Tourism FAQ

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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business

Whilst we offer Aviation, Travel & Events courses from Level 1 all the way up to university level, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 3 Travel & Tourism study programme?

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: City Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Qualification: BTEC
  • Start date: September 2020


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Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Aviation & Travel career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Aviation & Travel courses and Apprenticeships.

What kind of work will I do on my course?

No matter which programme you decided to study, ideally you will have an interest in all aspects of the industry. 

Depending on the course you choose, you will learn about the business of travel and tourism, the UK as a destination as well as customer service in travel and tourism. You will learn about tour operations, holiday representatives, events management, entertainments for holidaymakers and sustainable tourism. For those specifically looking to study our Air cabin Crew courses, you will gain an introduction into safety procedures, standard operating procedures, aviation medicine and the glamourous side of impeccable grooming that is essential to the industry. You will also gain invaluable skills and knowledge in how to be successful in the recruitment procedure, identifying the skills and attributes that airlines are looking for.

Although much of the course is classroom-based, we maximise opportunities to learn outside the classroom whenever possible. You will be expected to work independently to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines.

During our courses course, you will gain practical experiences such as staging entertainment for holidaymakers, overseas visits and attractions visits. The college has excellent links to local and national tourism organisations that are used for practical trips for research and case study. 


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Course Enrichment: Trips, Visits & Competitions

Our staff work hard to provide you with the best experience possible. Whether it’s giving you the opportunity to compete locally and nationally, going on trips to East Midlands Airport, Amsterdam or Morocco, visiting airlines such as Thomas Cook for safety training, or attending special seminars and lectures held by companies in the industry, you’ll know you’ll be getting the best experience possible.



Our aviation, travel and tourism department has some fantastic links with local and national industry employers, so we can help you to gain work experience to contextualise your studies and boost your CV. We currently work with national organisations including Premier Inn, British Airways and Leeds Bradford Airport, and also more local venues such as Sheffield City Hall.

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


We have the best facilities in the area. Whether it’s our life-size plane simulator or our airport security desk, you’ll get a taste of what doing the job is actually like, nothing will you prepare you for your future career better.

Click on a button below to explore our facilities through a virtual tour!

What can I do once I finish my studies?

The aviation, tourism and events sector encompasses a huge variety of job roles, and employment opportunities are increasing. In the Sheffield City Region alone there are 2000 job openings in this industry, and of course, working in travel means that you can take advantage of vacancies all over the world, not just the ones on your doorstep.

In the UK, the average salary for people working in this industry is £22,000, but with global companies like British Airways in the mix, your earning potential could be much more!

You can find more information about local job opportunities and how they match up with our courses on our Career Coach site

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC