Travel, Tourism & Aviation

The travel and tourism industry is absolutely huge and incredibly varied – in Manchester alone, tourism is worth around £7 billion to the local economy! That makes us one of the best places in the country to learn everything you need about this dynamic subject and start your journey to an exciting career.

You’ll build up a really broad knowledge of travel, tourism and aviation, learning all about the different job opportunities in the sector, from air cabin crew to hotel managers. You’ll benefit from our real, working equipment and systems, just like those used by the industry, and you might even get to travel the world!

  • At both campuses where travel, tourism and aviation is taught, you’ll get to explore a realistic air cabin and galley set up, practising the skills you learn on our courses. You’ll try out some of the same, specialist check-in software used by airlines, and work with industry-standard equipment like Drager smokehoods and real life jackets. You’ll even get to wear specialist uniforms, preparing you for a role as a working professional!

  • Courses here at The Manchester College are all informed by industry partners like Thomas Cook Airlines and SACO apartments. That means you’ll be learning the exact skills they think you need to have a successful, rewarding career! You’ll learn from tutors who have all had loads of experience working directly in the industry and you’ll get to enjoy lots of day trips and residential stays to places like the Lake District, London, and destinations abroad!

  • Whatever your current level of study, we’ve got a great range of courses and qualifications in travel, tourism and aviation, with diplomas to study in Levels 1, 2 and 3! If you’re passionate about working abroad and helping others, you could train to become an air cabin crew member with us, or get a wide, full understanding of the industry with a Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Travel, tourism and aviation courses are currently taught at both our Harpurhey Campus in north Manchester, and our Wythenshawe Campus in south Manchester. Both are really easy to get to by public transport from anywhere in the region.

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Available Courses

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

Level 3

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Aviation Operations

Level 3

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Exploring the Aviation Industry

Level 1

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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Top Careers Opportunities

Airport security officer

Average salary: £29k

Travel agent

Average salary: £24k

A hotel manager stood in front of a busy working kitchen

Hotel manager/ owner

Average salary: £27k

Air travel assistant

Average salary: £29k

Fengli Feng (Lily)

The most interesting parts of the course have been work experience in the Lake District and a residential trip working overseas in Holland. My tutor is always there when I need help with my course or with personal stuff. I’m really enjoying the course. I’m getting a lot of industry skills and would like to continue to study at degree level.

Fengli Feng (Lily) • Travel and Tourism Level 3

I'm now training with Ryanair in Bratislava. I have a guaranteed position for 12 months and the opportunity to become a lead cabin supervisor.

Daniel Conwy • City and Guilds Aviation and Cabin Crew, level 2

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