International Travel and Tourism Management


The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in International Travel and Tourism Management (with Events) offers those who have an interest in the dynamic world of travel, tourism and events management, an opportunity to explore the sector and develop the skills required to work in this competitive industry. 

Developed in consultation with employers, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. An HND is a specialist work-related programme of study, covering the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in today’s tourism industry.

This qualification offers career progression and professional vocational development within employment or provides opportunities to progress further in education after their Level 5 study programme.  

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education
Examination board

Availability & Details

Travel and Tourism Management - HNC SF-TRTOHC-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2019-20 (1 year)

Along with an interest in travel, tourism and events, you will require one of the following qualifications to enrol on this Level 5 HND course:
– 2x GCE A Levels
– BTEC Level 3 qualification
– Access to Higher Education Certificate

All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview by a member of the lecturing team.If you currently do not hold any of the above qualifications, the College may be able to offer you an alternative full-time course or apprenticeship to support future progression onto this HND programme.

As a HSDC student studying HND International Travel and Tourism Management, you will have the opportunity to participate in a higher level of study to develop your understanding of the tourism and events sector. Within the first year of the course, you will study the International Travel and Tourism Level 4 pathway, followed by the Events pathway at Level 5. You will gain first-hand knowledge of the industry through the input of guest speakers and the experience of visiting differing tourism, events and hospitality organisations and locations.  There will also be the opportunity to obtain further industry recognised qualifications, such as the Level 2 Personal Licence Course. In conjunction with undertaking the core course units, you will be developing your skills to a high level, including:

  • Focusing on the development of higher-level skills in a tourism and events-based environment 
  • Enhancing the personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life 
  • Having the opportunity to gain critical awareness and the ability to research, synthesise and handle complex information
  • Gaining flexibility, knowledge and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development in tourism and events sector

HNC/D units (Year 1):

  • The Contemporary Travel and Tourism Industry –to investigate the various elements of the travel and tourism industry and how they interrelate.
  • Managing the Customer Experience – to provide background knowledge and understanding of how travel and tourism businesses manage the customer experience.  
  • Professional Identity and Practice – to guide through the process of self-assessment of skills and competences, personal career planning and the application of different learning and development approaches within a work environment.
  • The Travel and Tourism Business Toolkit – designed to provide students with the skills they need to become competent managers in a travel and tourism environment. give students the opportunity to develop their business acumen,
  • Leadership and Management for Service Industries – enables students to gain understanding of leadership and management principles, and to review their potential for a career in management in the service sector. 
  • Managing Conference and Events – give students a background knowledge and understanding of the events and conferencing industry.
  • Global Tourism Destinations – provides students with an understanding of the scale, nature and development of tourism at a global level. 
  • Marketing Essentials for Travel and Tourism – to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan
  • The first year of the qualification will present the opportunity to achieve the Level 4 HNC in International Travel and Tourism Management. 


HND units (Year 2):

The second year of the qualification will present the opportunity to focus upon the Events sector. The following units will be undertaken at Level 5:

  • Research Project
  • Tourism Consumer Behaviour and Insight
  • Developing the Event Experience
  • Corporate Events Management
  • Global Events
  • Sustainable and Responsible Management
  • Cruise Management

For both levels of qualification, each unit is selected in order to develop the skills required for the tourism and events industries via consultation with a range of sector employers.


You will attend 15 hours of workshops, lectures and tutorials each week over a period of 30 weeks per academic year. The course will be taught with an approach that delivers:

  • A balance between practical skills development and knowledge acquirement
  • Links made between theory and practice in the workplace
  • Utilisation of industry knowledgeable staff
  • Constant links and work with industry employers
  • Opportunities to apply learning to actual events within the sector

The HND in Travel and Tourism Management is assessed continuously through a range of assignments, projects, group projects, workshops and formative tasks.

How to apply

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This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student


The HND in International Travel and Tourism Management is a two-year full-time higher education course, providing natural progression onto further higher education courses, or alternatively direct entry into employment.
The HND in International Travel and Tourism Management can be advanced to a full degree (Level 6) by undertaking a second or third year degree (or honours degree) at university, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course and each institution’s entry criteria.
Direct entry into employment offers the potential for progression into a wide range of positions in tourism or hospitality organisations, within both the private and public sectors.

The course will provide exciting opportunities for Havant and South Downs College HNC/D students to participate in tourism related visits in the UK and Europe.