Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall Campus, based just
outside of Ponteland, became home to the college's Travel and
Tourism Academy last year in a move that meant learners now have
access to commercial operations at the campus that includes work
experience within Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, weddings,
conferences and its Outdoor Activity Centre.
From September 2017 the college's Travel and Tourism Academy
will offer the City and Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma along with
a Level 2 Diploma in Aviation and a Certificate in Airline Cabin
The new Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three 3 A
Levels and will run over two years, offering students greater
experience through modules that incorporate developing people in
travel and tourism, principles of marketing for travel and tourism,
special interest holiday and independent travel, tourist
destinations, planning and delivering guided tours, foreign
exchange and overseas representative.
On successful completion of the Level 3 course, students will
have improved progression opportunities to university or employment
in roles such as tourist information centre assistant, travel
agents and tour guide or holiday representative.
Simon Chalk, Head of the Travel and Tourism Academy at
Northumberland College, said: "Our move to the Kirkley Hall campus
has been great for learners. A key module is visitor attractions,
so having access to the facilities here provides crucial work
experience and the introduction of these new qualifications will
mean students can broaden their career paths within the
Those who study Travel and Tourism with Northumberland College
in September will continue to visit many other leading tourist
attractions to develop hands-on skills and work experience, benefit
from training in the college's cabin room, which replicates the
inside of a passenger aircraft and provides a realistic learning
environment for cabin crew trainees.
Danielle Miller, Lecturer in Travel and Tourism at
Northumberland College said: "Students have the opportunity to take
part in a range of trips that give a real feel for the industry and
include visits to destinations such as Disneyland Paris and Berlin
Christmas Markets, as well as visits to London for British Airways
Safety and Emergency Training and Newcastle Airport for Aviation
Danielle, who previously worked for Qatar Airways, based in
Doha and has travelled extensively, adds: "Taking part in a cabin
crew course prepares our learners for the real working environment.
We follow a point system that's similar to that of most airlines
during cabin crew training. All of the team bring industry
experience and we aim to prepare our students for the
Further developments see a new focus on rural tourism within
Northumberland Career College for learners aged 14 to
Simon adds: "The tourism and visitor economy is thriving,
accounting for almost one in five jobs in the UK. It is predicted
the sector will need to recruit a further 843,000 staff by 2020. In
Northumberland, tourism is the fastest growing industry. We
have aligned the college to ensure that students benefit from New
Job opportunities emerging in Tourism; working with key partners
across the county. This has shown real impact in the development of
our new Career College."
Northumberland College has invested over £10m across its
campuses in recent years and recently received praise from Ofsted
in its latest inspection.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens opened in 2011 and over the
past three years has expanded and is now home to over 200 species,
which include Ring Tailed Lemurs and the attraction now welcomes
over 70,000 visitors per year.