Travel & Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and staff with the right combination of business and practical skills are in high demand.

Whether you’re looking to work in airline operations, on cruise ships, as a resort representative, or move into events management, we can help you find the right career path, with training in the skills that employers need.

Portsmouth is a popular tourist destination and has one of the UK’s best connected ferry ports, which means many jobs are available locally. Alternatively, a qualification in Travel & Tourism could lead to employment anywhere in the world.


10 Reasons to study Travel & Tourism with Highbury College:

1. We're proud to train our students to be Portsmouth Ambassadors…

The Portsmouth Ambassadors programme aims to engage the local community and businesses, to drive passion for the city. Ambassadors are volunteers who live, study or work in Portsmouth and want to do something to help their local community and wider city.

The Leisure, Travel & Tourism team are passionate about the Portsmouth Ambassador Programme and we are proud to offer this to each new student who starts a course with us.

2. Centrally located on major bus routes and the train station is only a few minutes’ walk away…

Highbury Campus, Cosham, has fantastic facilities and travel links, and a number of bus stops are nearby along withy Cosham train station being only a short walk away.

3. Lecturers have a wealth of industry experience, passion and enthusiasm for their subjects…

There’s many years of knowledge within the teaching team. Our industry experience covers the airline, cruise, retail travel, tour operations and visitor attraction sectors of the industry. Plus we have worked in recruitment and we can give you the handy hints and tips to get the best jobs in the Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry.

4. Our courses include trips to some of the UK’s top employers such as Flybe and British Airways!

Each course will have specific visits that relate to the units you study ranging from assessing the accessibility of Brighton as a destination or visiting Royal Caribbean for a talk on the cruise industry.

5. Students tell us they love to learn at Highbury College.

We hold regular Student Focus Groups which provide a platform for students to share ideas, comments and suggestions. There’s also Student Satisfaction Surveys throughout the year. The Leisure, Travel & Tourism team is proud to have a very high percentage of positive feedback from students.

6. Our students complete their work experience with some of the biggest names in the travel industry…

Each year, our students get to work alongside some of the most dedicated staff in world famous organisations. Thomas Cook, Thomson, Brittany Ferries, Marriot, Holiday Inn, Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Guildhall, Flybe and so many more welcome and train our students while they’re still at college to make sure they’re aiming high and achieving well.

7. Excellent success rates year-on-year…

Our high success rates lead to progression to other courses within the department, university or employment with national and international businesses.

8. We have great relationships with airlines, visitor attractions, cruise companies, ferry operators and hotels… plus many more!

Highbury College is partnered with Portsmouth International Port, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and EXPLORE Adventure Travel Experts.

These organisations work closely with us for visits, assignment workshops and industry insights. In addition we also have strong links with various airlines, cruise companies and hotels.

9. There’s a course for everyone ranging from entry level all the way up to Foundation Degree…

Our courses range from Level 2 and Level 3, plus we have great links with universities. The team will support you throughout your time at Highbury College and encourage progression and development.

10. Our students get jobs with companies such as Brittany Ferries, British Airways, Emirates, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Virgin Atlantic…

In recent years our students have secured jobs including Cabin Crew for Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, Visitor Attraction Hosts at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Overseas Resort Reps for Thomson and Thomas Cook, Passenger Services Agents and even a Duty Manager at Brittany Ferries.

Just the job

Portsmouth is a popular tourist destination and has one of the UK’s best connected ferry ports, which means many jobs are available locally. Alternatively, a qualification in Leisure, Travel & Tourism could lead to employment anywhere in the world. A salary for a branch manager in a travel agency could be £25,000- £30,000 a year. Starting salaries for air cabin crew are around £13,000, senior cabin crew can earn up to £25,000 and an experienced resort representative manager can earn £16,000 a year or more.

See what our students have been up to...

Highbury travel & tourism student James Duncan

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Travel student wins BTEC award

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Highbury trio awarded uni bursaries

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