Course Overview

This distance learning course is designed to provide you with the experience and skills you will need if you are looking to gain the skills and qualifications 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 completing all the mandatory fields.

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.



Course Structure

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.

The course also includes a practical examination.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs at Grade D/3 or above including English and Mathematics.

How Will I Learn?

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

Skills You Will Develop

  • Organisational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Practical skills
  • Customer Service skills
  • Employability skills.


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

Expect Also To

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

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].uk.