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5 of the best: Travel courses

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Karl Cushing looks at the universities and colleges taking the lead in travel training, as identified by ABTA

Plymouth University
Offers vocationally focused undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism, hospitality and events, with themes from sustainability to cruise. Plymouth University has strong links with industry, and bodies such as the Tourism Management Institute, and features guest lecturers, field visits and work placement years. plymouth.ac.uk


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
MMU’s Tourism and Events Management faculty’s undergrad and postgrad courses include a BA (Hons) Tourism Management degree available full-time, as a ‘sandwich’ course with a work placement year, and with a foundation year, making it more widely accessible. mmu.ac.uk


Leeds Metropolitan University
Leeds’ courses, recognised by the ITT, include an undergraduate degree in International Tourism Management, offered as a full, part-time or sandwich course, and a full or part-time MSC in Responsible Tourism Management, also available via distance learning. Other options include an online skills and training course aimed at people already in the industry. leedsmet.ac.uk


University of Surrey
Surrey’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is arguably the UK’s finest. Courses include undergraduate courses in tourism management, and hospitality and tourism management. Its students are offered work placements, vocational field trips and invited to attend talks with key industry figures. A student mentoring programme is new for this year. surrey.ac.uk


CONEL (College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London)
Its impressive Travel and Tourism department offers Level 1 to 3 courses, such as NVQs. In October it will launch a Travel and Hospitality Career Academy offering everything from paid internships to a mentoring programme. conel.ac.uk

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