Tourism and Aviation - Foundation Degree

Tourism and Aviation - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


This is an exciting foundation degree which will enable you to gain an excellent insight into the Tourism and Aviation industry.

It will help to prepare you for working in these demanding sectors by giving you all the necessary skills and abilities to make a success of your career in the Tourism and Aviation industry.

There will be a strong emphasis on Customer Service throughout the course and you will gain an understanding of the importance of this aspect to the industry as a whole.

There is an emphasis on the development of skills; general skills such as communication, IT and teamwork, and practical skills such as providing excellent service and complaint handling.

Work related learning forms an essential part of the course allowing on the job training and development of further skills to make students more employable. There may be the opportunity to carry out a work placement either in the UK or overseas.

Assessments are designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment, such as dealing with a passenger in distress at the airport using scenarios and links with employers to help make them more realistic.


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Duration 2 Years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72296-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

The foundation degree has been designed to ensure that you will cover a variety of modules in order to gain an excellent understanding of the Tourism and Aviation industry.

Year One

  • Managing Customer Service for Travel and Aviation
  • Development of the Airline and Airport Industry
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • ICT in Travel
  • Professional Development

Year Two

  • Human Resource Management
  • Airport Operations
  • Tourism Development
  • Work Based Learning
  • Leadership and Management

Embedded throughout the course there is work related learning and personal and professional development.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop enhanced personal skills in terms of communication, team-working, leading teams and professionalism.

All of our tutors on the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Aviation have significant industry and sector experience, supported by continuous professional development to maintain currency of knowledge and experience of current trends and developments in the industry.

How you will be assessed

A range of innovative assessment methods will be used throughout the FdA Tourism and Aviation qualification.

Industry related simulation will be used as an assessment method.

For example, in the Human Resource Management module learners will take the role of a HR Officer in the recruitment process. This will involve going through the recruitment and selection process, including interviewing prospective applicants for a specific role and evaluating the whole recruitment process.

Role play will also be a feature in the Managing Customer Service for Tourism and Aviation module. It is also hoped that we will be able to use the Airport Ambassadors employed by Leeds Bradford Airport to help students practice dealing with real life customer service scenarios such as dealing with conflict.

As excellent oral and written communication skills are vital in the Tourism and Aviation sectors individual presentations will be used as an assessment method. Modules such as Managing Customer Service in Tourism and Aviation and Fundamentals of Marketing will be assessed by individual presentations. In addition this form of assessment will allow students to fully explain the reasoning behind their chosen website design for the ICT in Travel module.

It is important that students understand how the theories and concepts put forward relate to current organisations. This is why case studies will be used throughout the qualification, for example in the Health, Safety and Security module and the Tourism Development module. Reports and written essays will also be an integral assessment method, allowing students to build their research and analytical skills.

Throughout the qualification, there will be group and individual work which will be used to help support understanding. There will be group research and discussions on various tourism and aviation topics such as during the ICT in Travel and Airport Operations module.

Where group skills are being assessed students will be assessed individually.

The Professional Development module will be assessed by the compilation of a personal development plan and a reflective learning statement. This will allow students to build, develop and assess their personal, professional and academic skills.

The Work Related Project assessment for the Work Related Learning module will take the form of an evidence portfolio where articles, research and a diary can be submitted to support the recommendations and conclusion of the work related project as appropriate.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course is delivered at the University Centre our dedicated higher education site situated next to the Park Lane Campus.  

Students also have access to a mock aircraft cabin to enable you to do practical assessments.

There are good IT facilities in the Learning Resource Centre and we have well stocked shelves with business and travel books and journals.

Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma subject area such as Travel and Tourism, Aviation Operations, Hospitality and Business, although each application will be considered on its own merit together with a minimum of 4 GCSE grades at C or above including English. Maths GCSE grade C is desirable.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) including Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course.

Part-time students would be expected to be employed or have previous experience in tourism and aviation related field. Full-time students are expected to undertake a work related learning experience for a minimum of 2 weeks as part of the programme of study. However, all applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 8G18 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

After the foundation degree you can chose to 'top up' your qualification to a full honours degree such as BA (Hons) International Tourism and Aviation Management.

Alternatively you may wish to seek employment directly into the industry.

Tourism in Leeds supports over 19,000 full time jobs and is worth over £900 million to the local economy.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite