A female and male travel and tourism student with travel brochures at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Travel & Tourism

Dreaming of a career that will really broaden your horizons? You could go far with a East Durham College travel and tourism course.

Choose your Course

As a growth industry, Travel and Tourism offers a diverse range of job opportunities and career prospects. There are an estimated 1.4 million jobs related directly to tourism across the country, accounting for five per cent of total UK employment.

Our Travel and Tourism courses help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel within the industry and help you achieve your goals. All of these skills will be gained through practical activities in realistic workplace situations. Your studies will also be enriched by practical 'real-world' projects, work placement opportunities and visits from guest speakers who are experts in tourism and travel.

You will be taught by enthusiastic staff with travel and tourism industry experience who are dedicated to helping you achieve your ambitions.

EDC Travel official opening ribbon cutting EDC Travel

East Durham College also has its very own travel agency, EDC Travel.

EDC Travel is a fully ABTA Bonded Travel Agency set up by East Durham College in partnership with the Hays Independence Group.

As well as the store manager, EDC Travel is also be staffed by the College’s travel & tourism students, with the aim that the store will provide the students with valuable work experience, which will help them, learn the necessary skills to get ahead in the industry.

For more details, please visit our EDC Travel Agency page.

Trips & Activities

The College’s Travel & Tourism students gain further opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge through a number of visits and trips which are organised as part of the course. Recently, these have included visiting locations including the London Eye, York, Alton Towers and Hartlepool Historic Quay. 

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our Travel & Tourism courses, please click on any of the courses listed below. You can also view our introductory brochure:

Travel & Tourism Brochure

Business & Tourism Operations Course

Tourism and business go hand-in-hand, if you've ever thought about doing something in travel and/or business, why not combine them both together with East Durham College's Business & Tourism Operations course?

This course is great to learn about both the travel and tourism industry as well as how to run and operate your own business. With this course, you can gain new entrepreneurial skills which will help you greatly when working in travel and tourism.

For more information on the Business and Tourism Operations course, taught at our Peterlee campus, please click here.

NEW - Hospitality & Events Management (Level 3)

This new and exciting study programme offers students the opportunity to work towards a rewarding career in the hospitality, event planning and guest welcome sectors.

You will develop the key skills, knowledge and experience required by employers to help to enter the local, regional, national or international employment market in this ever-expanding industry.

The course places an emphasis on providing an exceptional guest experience and quality of service - essential in succeeding in these areas of the business world.

For more information on the Hospitality & Events Management course, taught at our Peterlee campus, please click here.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2020/21 listed below:

The full time and/or part time courses listed below are for the academic year 2020/21. All full time courses start September 2020. For any part time courses, please check in the individual course page for their start date during 2020/21.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in leisure and travel services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website