HND Travel and Tourism

The Travel and Tourism Industries are firmly on the path to post-Covid recovery and are set to continue to grow over the next five years and beyond.

This course will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities in a broad spectrum of organisations in the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism continues to be an important and growing sector in Scotland and the UK, and career opportunities are wide and varied. The HND course has a focus on the development of personal and interpersonal skills that are required for employment in the Travel and Tourism industries, along with specialist knowledge and skills in several key areas.

The course involves a variety of approaches to learning with project work, investigative activity and practical activity all involved.

As the industry continues to recover and grow, there is now a shortage of qualified staff and employment opportunities are predicted to increase. Now is a great time to start your journey towards a career or further study in Travel and Tourism.

Year One

  • Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Applying Marketing Principles in Travel and Tourism
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Travel and Tourism: Graded Unit 1
  • Communication: Business Communication
  • Preparation for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • International Tourist Destinations
  • Digital Culture: Online Communications
  • Visitor Attraction Operations
  • Research Skills
  • Tour Guiding and Resort Representation
  • Business Travel: An Introduction
  • Business Travel Operations
  • Retail Travel Practice

Year Two

  • Influences on the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Marketing Planning in Travel and Tourism
  • Planning and Sustainable Development in Tourism
  • Tour Operations
  • Travel and Tourism: Graded Unit 2
  • Developing the Individual Within a Team
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Scottish Tourism Product: Niche Markets
  • Practical Travel and Tourism Visit
  • Work Experience
  • Airline and Airport Operations
  • Roles of History, Culture and Genealogy in Scottish Tourism

  • Travel Agent
  • Tourist Information Manager
  • Tour Operations
  • Airlines and Airport Operations
  • Cruise Operations
  • Visitor Attraction Operations/Management
  • Tour Guiding

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Internally there is an opportunity to progress from Year One onto Year Two of the BA Heritage and Tourism Programme (an Integrated Degree Programme delivered jointly between Forth Valley College and Stirling University)

Externally Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into Year Three of the following degree programmes:

  • BA (Hons) International Tourism & Airline Management - Edinburgh Napier University
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Edinburgh Napier University
  • BA (Hons) Business - University of the West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management - University of the West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism and Events - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management - University of the Highlands & Islands

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students can still apply for entry to Year One or Two of many of these degree programmes and should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

Opportunities to Work Abroad

Forth Valley College are officially partnered with - CCUSA - Summer camp jobs, work and travel experiences, and volunteer adventures in the USA and around the world.

CCUSA specialise in providing exciting summer opportunities in America and Canada. This opportunity can provide a once in a lifetime experience and increase your employability post studies.

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at grade C or above in a relevant subject area
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units with a satisfactory reference
  • Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but have relevant work experience or alternative qualifications, will be considered

Additional requirements:

  • Final selection subject to a successful interview


Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Stirling Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 8