CentreS of excellence for

travel & tourism

In our Centre of Excellence for Travel, Tourism and Aviation, we’ll prepare you for an exciting career in an industry that is worth £7billion a year to the Manchester economy.  We are a member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Swissport Academy, meaning you’ll be learning the exact skills you need to thrive in the world of work.  

You will build up a broad knowledge of travel, tourism and aviation, learning from tutors who have years of experience working directly in the industry. With access to our realistic air cabin and galley set-up on campus, we will fully prepare you for a role as a working travel professional. 

Depending on your level of study you will also complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or more than one employer; this can either be completed in separate days throughout your course or in a single block.  You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Travel, Tourism and Aviation you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career.

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Travel, Tourism and Aviation you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence for Travel, Tourism and Aviation you learn the skills that will set you up for a variety of high-flying, globetrotting careers. These range from airline cabin crew, with an average annual salary of £24,000, to airport duty managers, with an average annual salary of £26,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

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Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels & Resorts remains the stylish, forward thinking global leader of hospitality. They help make traveling easier with smart design, innovative restaurant concepts, authentic hospitality and commitment to the global community.

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Clarity Business Travel

As an independent travel management company with global reach, Clarity Business Travel offer vast amount of knowledge and local expertise on an International platform.


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.  

The tutors have really helped in supporting us to get work experience, they have been there to share their own experiences in the industry and that has been really helpful. I have done work experience through the college at The Hilton Manchester Airport.
Joshua O'Brien

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you. Download the subject area guide. 

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Book your place at our next open event to learn all about our Centre of Excellence for Travel, Tourism and Aviation, meet our tutors, tour facilities and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Travel, Tourism and Aviation at The Manchester College.

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