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Key details

Attendance Part-Time
Duration Variable
Code
Awarding Body City & Guilds
Level City & Guilds
Start Date 07/09/2020

Course overview

This distance learning course is designed to provide you with the experience and skills you will need if you are looking to pursue a career in the airline or travel industries.

You will build your knowledge and understanding of International Air Transport Association (IATA) calculating worldwide airfares and ticketing procedures and gain an understanding of the structure and functions of Global Distribution Systems.

Global Distribution Systems (GDS) are used worldwide by travel professionals and most travel companies use a GDS to book flights, hotels, trains, cruises and car hire.

You will have the opportunity to work with a Global Distribution System – Galileo – (part of the Travelport group of companies) to complete a two sector flight booking.

This course is also suitable for those in the sector wishing to change direction in their career or for career progression. Learning a GDS has many benefits and could assist you in securing your ideal travel job.

The course is delivered via distance learning with access to tutor materials and support. You will also have 21 hours of tutor contact during the year, three hours per session on an agreed evening.

What you'll study

Topics covered include:

  • Decoding and encoding terminology used in the industry
  • Different fare types and the ability to select appropriate fares for a given journey or passenger type
  • Select the lowest applicable fare for point to point itineraries
  • Calculate fares applying the fundamental principles of the mileage system
  • Construct fares using NUCs and the IATA rates of exchange
  • Future developments of GDS
  • Planning and building itineraries using Galileo, the main GDS used in the UK
  • Checking, booking and pricing flights
  • Completion of documentation used in the industry
  • You will be provided with a workbook and tutor support
  • You will have access to the College’s virtual learning platform to access teaching material to support your learning
  • Organisational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Practical skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Employability skills
  • Topics covered include:

    • Decoding and encoding terminology used in the industry
    • Different fare types and the ability to select appropriate fares for a given journey or passenger type
    • Select the lowest applicable fare for point to point itineraries
    • Calculate fares applying the fundamental principles of the mileage system
    • Construct fares using NUCs and the IATA rates of exchange
    • Future developments of GDS
    • Planning and building itineraries using Galileo, the main GDS used in the UK
    • Checking, booking and pricing flights
    • Completion of documentation used in the industry
    • You will be provided with a workbook and tutor support
    • You will have access to the College’s virtual learning platform to access teaching material to support your learning
    • Organisational skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Practical skills
    • Customer service skills
    • Employability skills

Assessment

You will sit a multiple choice exam for the air fares and ticketing part of the course.

You will also have a practical exam. You will need to demonstrate the use of a Global Distribution System (Galileo) to complete a two sector flight booking, and produce a presentation on the functions and practices of a global distribution system.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a full Travel and Tourism Level 2 Diploma.

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade D/3
GCSE Maths
Grade D/3

Work experience

A travel agent can earn £14,000 - £40,000+ a year.

A tour guide can earn £18,000 - £30,000+ a year.

Air cabin crew can earn £12,000 - £30,000+ a year.

Careers and skills

Sarah O'Connell

Travel and Tourism Tutor

"At Bradford College, we are determined to give our students the education and experience to help launch them into successful careers and partnerships with employers such as Holiday Inn are invaluable."

Sarah O'Connell

Travel and Tourism Tutor

"At Bradford College, we are determined to give our students the education and experience to help launch them into successful careers and partnerships with employers such as Holiday Inn are invaluable."

Next steps

You will be required to purchase a uniform which you will be expected to wear at all times.

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Tuition fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees.

The amount depends on the course and on the number of hours. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.

Email: enrolment@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

Student Finance

You may be entitled to financial support whilst you study. For more information, contact our Student Finance Team.

Tel: 01274 088 349 Email: studentfunding@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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