What is a Diploma of Travel and Tourism?The Diploma of Travel and Tourism has been designed to provide a broad understanding of travel and tourism for those graduates wishing to enter the diverse areas found within this sector in Australia, and globally. The course aims to develop graduates with attitudes of intellectual curiosity, independent thinking, a commitment to lifelong learning, and to be ethical, reflective professional practitioners. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base in travel and tourism and demonstrate a range of skills to ensure that business functions are effectively conducted in an organisation.
- Discuss key functional areas to determine best practice in travel and tourism organisation.
- Identify ethical, sustainable and socially responsible travel and tourism industry practices in local and global communities.
- Explore and identify the various professional roles within the travel and tourism industry across a contemporary global environment.
- Utilise theoretical frameworks to analyse, evaluate and apply a structured and systematic process to independently solve both common and unpredictable travel and tourism management problems.
- Develop the interpersonal skills, knowledge and attributes to demonstrate resilience, adaptability, collaboration, critical thinking and responsibility in professional travel and tourism management practice.
- Select and apply methods, techniques and technologies to deliver appropriate travel and tourism outcomes.
- Utilise a range of technologies effectively, to communicate travel and tourism sector knowledge, ideas and solutions to diverse stakeholders.
This is an AQF Level 5 course and is accredited by Torrens University Australia Ltd and delivered by TIBBAR GLOBAL PTY LTD ABN 55 126 180 112 (“Flight Centre")
As a graduate of the Diploma of Travel and Tourism you are able to set yourself on a path for success in the travel and tourism industry, gaining access to a global network of opportunities and contacts.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $52,500 - $54,000
Average salary: $66,250 - $123,550
Guest Relations Manager
Average salary: $50,000 - $70,000
Subjects and units
This course comprises of 8 subjects, which includes 6 core subjects and 2 elective subjects. Each subject involves 7 hours of study per week, comprising 2 hours of facilitated study and 5 hours self-directed study.
Succeeding in Business | SIB101FCThis subject will introduce students to business studies and professional practice focusing on their individual development, the organisation and the travel and tourism industry. Students will explore and develop the skills needed to succeed in their business studies and future professional practice. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the objectives of the organisation, and the key elements of business practice needed to succeed. Similarly, they will be introduced to the travel and tourism industry: the types of businesses it consists of, its relationship with other industries and the key elements which make it a resilient and successful industry.
Travel Trends and Insights | TTI101FCThis subject introduces students to a diverse range of products within the travel and tourism sector as well as the current and future trends in the Australian travel industry. Students will develop specialised knowledge into tours, accommodation, airlines and cruises. In addition, this subject offers an insight into the different areas of the tourism industry enabling students to understand the differences and relationships between them. Students will also learn from industry suppliers firsthand about their offerings. A range of destinations will be explored to identify features and attractions that can then be matched to specific customer needs. Key concepts and tourism terminology will be covered to establish the foundations of industry-relevant theoretical knowledge.
Introduction to Marketing and Branding | IMB101FCIn this subject, students will gain a general understanding of marketing and branding concepts, theories and models as they apply to the travel and tourism industry. They will consider the importance of consumer behaviour, product development, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and the extended marketing mix to achieve organisational objectives. Students will apply their learning to define their individual brand and consider its alignment to travel and tourism brands. They will focus on ethical and sustainable practice and apply this to their professional career plan.
Successful Sales Techniques | SST101FCThis subject focuses on consumer behaviour and developing the students’ product knowledge and sales skills within the travel industry. Students will be able to demonstrate competencies in developing an understanding of a 7-step sales process, as well as applying specialised skills to a range of sales scenarios. Students will be able to display skills to personalise sales pitches and learn how to deal with buyer resistance and gain the sale. Examples of travel products that will be included are airlines, hotels, travel insurance and cruises. This course also explores how to develop customer loyalty within a travel and tourism context.
Travel System Essentials | TSE101FCIn this subject, students will be exposed to contemporary technological trends in the travel industry. They will learn about digital innovations, transformations and disruptors that have occurred within the travel and tourism industry. This course introduces students to online reservation systems widely used by the travel and tourism industry. This subject will also provide an overview of CRM (customer relationship management) tools, which play an integral role in the customer service experience and are essential for future travel professionals.
Understanding People and Organisations | BIZ102FCThe aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of modern organisations, their structure and how people collaborate within these structures to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives and deal with the uncertainty of the 21st century economy. This knowledge will form a foundation of theoretical knowledge about organisational behaviour that will be built on in future subjects. Moreover, it will develop the student’s self-directed learning and emotional intelligence, two vital elements for building a successful career. These learning objectives will be achieved through a mixture of theoretical readings, class discussions and group projects focusing on how theoretical concepts apply to the work environment. Additionally, reflective journals will be used to apply theory to develop the students own professional capability.
Select two electives subjects from below.
Electives developed by FCTA will be taught 100% by FCTA, any other elective as approved by TUA will be delivered 100% by TUA
Sustainable Tourism | SUS101FCThis subject introduces students to sustainable tourism concepts: environmental, social and economic. The students will explore the application of these concepts to the travel and tourism industry and its main stakeholders. They will analyse how sustainable tourism concepts influence decision-making at an organisational and individual level, and the impacts on the industry as a whole. Students will be able to communicate the relevance of sustainability on tourism. They will also reflect on how this applies to their professional practice. This subject highlights the importance of understanding sustainability and its contribution to business success.
Industry Focus | INF101FC
This subject provides students with professional experience in an area related to the career they are working towards. Students will learn to perform more effectively in the workplace in a team environment, strengthening specific skills such as time management, communication, and problem solving, while drawing on the knowledge gained so far.
Students will reflect on their performance and objectively respond to constructive criticism and feedback. This experience will enhance work ready skills as well as professional attributes, and allow students to recognise first-hand how their learning translates into practice.
Industry Practice | INF102FC
This subject supports students in the workplace and enables them to apply and extend the knowledge acquired through coursework subjects. Students will gain valuable professional experience by engaging in real-life tasks in a workplace setting. The activities will broaden students’ understanding of the travel and tourism industry, professionalism, workplace culture and dynamics. Students will learn to develop strategies to support their wellbeing in the workplace and apply essential workplace skills such as excellence in attitude, communication and interpersonal skills. As part of the subject, students are required to complete 90 hours of industry experience.
Industry partners and work placements
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about hospitality, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of hospitality scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the hospitality industry:
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above.
Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
How to apply
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Frequently asked questions
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.
To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Future Student Advisors.
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or by email.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
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