Travel, Tourism & Aviation

Do you dream of travelling the world? Why not turn that dream into a career? You could live and work abroad, spending your days off exploring ancient ruins, stunning coastlines and vibrant cities. Or perhaps you could help others to navigate their own path around the globe?

Where better to start your journey towards that career than in Manchester at The Manchester College – the no.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*? In this vibrant city, tourism contributes around £7 billion to the local economy and 27 million people pass through Manchester Airport every year!

*NARTS 18/19

  • You’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Travel and Tourism when you enrol on any of our courses specialising in Aviation, Cabin Crew or Travel and Tourism.

    Our Centre of Excellence is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and industry experience to pursue a range of career paths.

    You’ll learn more about the travel, tourism and aviation industry through tours of airports, heliports and hotels, careers talks from leading brands in the industry, spending a day in the life of a sector employee, such as a travel advisor, and trips and visits to tourism hotspots such as London and the Lake District.

    Plus, you’ll spend at least 35 hours gaining experience in workplaces such as travel agents, tour operators, hotels and restaurants. While you’re there, you’ll help with day-to-day tasks and shadow staff to develop your skills and broaden your knowledge of the industry.

  • When you study Travel, Tourism and Aviation at The Manchester College, you’ll learn from highly experienced tutors, some of whom have spent years travelling the globe as part of their career.

    Get to know some of our tutors:

    Elizabeth Peters - Assistant Principal

    Liz has 30 years’ experience in the service industries. After training at City College Manchester as a beauty therapist, Liz went on to enjoy a career in salon therapy and ran her own salon, before moving into education. She’s since taught and managed further and higher education programmes, including Hospitality and Catering, Sport Therapies and creative programmes. Liz is passionate about improving the lives and employability skills of students

    Maxine Gunning - Head of Department

    Maxine has a wealth of experience in the Hospitality industry, and has specialist knowledge of food and beverage service, including experience as a deputy assistant manager at a Manchester hotel. Maxine discovered her true vocation lay in training, and she’s now taught at The Manchester College for almost 15 years.

    Dee Greenwood - Tutor

    Dee has been a tutor at The Manchester College for just over a year. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, starting as a member of the cabin crew, before progressing up the ranks and into training. Dee teaches everything from airline terminology to emergency situation procedures for cabin crew. She can help you to develop the skills you need to become a valued member of cabin crew or to work elsewhere in the industry.

    Benjamin Anderson - Tutor

    Benjamin recently joined The Manchester College after 12 years working in a range of customer service experience roles. Passionate about the travel, tourism and aviation industry, Benjamin has a BA (Hons) in Travel and Tourism Management from the University of Huddersfield and was most recently a Passenger Service Agent for Swissport at Leeds Bradford Airport. He is also currently studying an MSc in Human Resource Management and Development at the University of Salford.

  • Our Travel, Tourism and Aviation departments are based at our Harpurhey and Wythenshawe campuses in North and South Manchester.

    Public transport links are excellent, so they’re within easy reach of employment opportunities in the sector at Manchester Airport and in Manchester city centre.

    Both campuses are modern, bright and offer plenty of opportunities for socialising outside of class.

    When it comes to course facilities, we think you’ll find it hard not to be impressed with each campus’s realistic air cabin and galley, which have been specially built for students to practise in.

    You’ll also have access to the same specialist check-in software used by airlines, and work with industry standard equipment, like breathing apparatus and life jackets. You’ll also wear specialist uniforms at times, preparing you for life as a professional!

  • Find out even more about our Travel, Tourism and Aviation department in our subject area guide:


  • Whether you're having second thoughts about where you're currently studying or you've not yet decided what to do next, there are still places available at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

    Enrol on campus and start today, no appointment necessary.

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Available Courses

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

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Aviation Operations

Level 3

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Exploring the Aviation Industry

Level 1

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Top Careers Opportunities

Airport security officer

Average salary: £29k

Travel agent

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Hotel manager/ owner

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Air travel assistant

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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

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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