Tourism (TOBC)

This 2-year program follows industry requirements and provides students with the most important skills for any sector of the tourism industry.
  • Duration: 2 years (16 months)
  • Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week
  • Subject: Business
  • Language: English
  • Level of study: Diploma

About the program

The curriculum offers courses in world destinations, selling and customer service, transportation, communication, product knowledge, tour development and management, tourism law, business math, and event management. The students will learn to research, solve problems, be team players, exhibit professionalism and adapt to an ever-changing industry.

Students will become familiar with:

  • world tourist destinations and their local laws and customs
  • basic reservation and booking procedures for airline, hotel, car, cruise, rail and bus
  •  both major airline reservation systems, APOLLO BY GEMINI (GALILEO) and SABRE.

Students will have an opportunity to further develop practical skills and enrich their industry knowledge by participating in a seven-week-long field placement during their fourth and final semester. With the assistance of a devoted Field Placement Coordinator, students can complete placements in various industry areas to suit their interests.

*This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training

Future pathways

  • Employment Opportunities:
  • Tour operations
  • Travel agencies
  • Airlines
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Car rental companies
  • Cruise and yacht companies

Program outline

British Columbia Secondary School Diploma where English is the primary language of instruction (80 credits) or equivalent including:

  • Grade 12 English
  • Grade 11 Mathematics
  • Recommended: computer competency in word processing, excel and web-browser software

Proof of Language Proficiency

All applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate adequate English language proficiency to be successful at the college level.  English language proficiency can be demonstrated through:

    • Obtaining a grade of 60% or higher on the Hanson English Placement Test; or
    • Submitting records showing that the student meets Hanson College’s Language Proficiency Alternatives.
      • Options for showing English Language Proficiency criteria have been met include:
        • Providing proof of successfully completing (passing mark of 50% or above) EN 12, COM12, TPC 12, or a provincial equivalent in a recognized Canadian Secondary School where English is the primary language of instruction.
        • Providing proof of successfully completing (passing mark of 50% or above in all courses) a semester in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
More options for showing English Language Proficiency criteria have been met include:
  • IELTS score of 6.0 overall (no band below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (paper) score of 550
  • TOEFL (computer) score of 80
  • PTE score of 58
  • English 12/ENG4U score of C- or passing grade
  • IB English 12 score of C- or passing grade
  • One full post-secondary semester (Non-EAP program)- passing grades in all courses

Valid Study Permit

  • All applicants must provide a valid study permit prior to commencing studies

*Subject to change

Semester 1

Business Records (ACC1220, 3 credits)

College Communications (ENG1002, 3 credits)

Land Arrangements (TRL1110, 3 credits)

Introduction to Tourism Industry (TTP1100, 4 credits)

Destination Products – Canada & USA (TWD1102, 3 credits)

Computerized Business Applications (BUS1106, 3 credits)

Economics (ECN1002, 3 credits)

Semester 2

Organizational Behaviour (BUS2040, 3 credits)

Workplace & Employment Writing (ENG2305, 3 credits)

Marketing for Tourism & Hospitality (MKT1106, 4 credits)

Ticketing & Tariffs (TTP1007, 3 credits)

Destination Products & Research (TWD1201, 4 credits)

Tour & Package Holidays (TTP1101, 3 credits)

Health & Wellness (FIT1115, 3 credits)

Introduction to Human Resources (HRP1000, 3 credits)

Semester 3

Computer Reservations (TCB1101, 4 credits)

Cross Cultural & Niche Tourism (TTP1102, 4 credits)

Tourism Law & Risk Management (TTP1004, 4 credits)

Meeting & Conference Planning (TTP1103, 2 credits)

Customer Service (BUS1600, 3 credits)

Entrepreneurship (BUS3585, 3 credits)

Positive Psychology (GEN.ED) (PSY1125, 3 credits)

Psychology of Evil (PSY1001, 3 credits)

Semester 4

Professional Selling (MKT2320, 3 credits)

Field Placement (TTP1010, 7 credits)

Intro to the Cruise Industry (TTP1008, 3 credits)

Workplace Readiness (TTP1009, 1 credit)

Adventure Leisure & Ecotourism (TTP1011, 3 credits)

Term

Cost (CAD)

Term 1$8,115.00*
Term 2$8,115.00
Term 3$8,115.00
Term 4$8,115.00
Total$32,460.00**

* Includes $400 non-refundable application fee. (This is only for international students. All programs exclusively enroll international students.) 

** Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs. Fees do include medical insurance ($275) and ancillary fees ($414.40).

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