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  • Attraction Manager
  • Cabin Crew
  • Event Manager
  • Overseas Resort Representative
  • Tour Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Travel Agent

Our courses provide you with the skill set you need to succeed in this dynamic industry. You will take part in an exciting study programme that leads to an industry recognised qualification, and includes events and trips as well as valuable work experience within areas of travel, tourism and aviation, eg Palma Airport (Majorca) or within the college’s own Mettset Travel Agency.

Study programmes delivered at the Conway Park Campus include:

Course Level Code

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Watch our students and tutors talk about the Travel & Tourism courses at Wirral Met:

Where next?

Many students progress to employment within the travel industry once they have completed their full-time study programmes, and our Level 3 students often progress onto Higher Education programmes such as the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme in Travel and Tourism Management, which we deliver at Wirral Met College.

Career opportunities

Experienced travel agents can earn between £15,000 and £25,000 per year, experienced air cabin crew can earn between £15,000 and £21,000 per year and senior cabin crew can earn up to £25,000 a year. Tour managers earn between £15,000 and £20,000 per year.

Source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Where are they now?

Connor Howard

Connor completed the level 3 BTEC Diploma in Aviation Operations at Wirral Met, and he is currently studying towards a Higher National Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management.

Choose to be

  • Fitness Coach/Instructor
  • Gym Manager
  • PE Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Instructor
  • Sports/Leisure Centre Manager

These programmes are based in the new Oval Campus in Bebington, also involving many outdoor pursuits within the UK. With the help of your tutors’ extensive experience in a range of outdoor activities and competitive sports, you will develop your theoretical knowledge and physical skills to succeed in this exhilarating and growing industry.

Study programmes delivered at the Oval Campus, Bebington include:

Course Level Code

What next?

Many students progress onto jobs and/or self employment once they have completed their full-time study programmes. Level 3 students often progress onto Higher Education to study on degree programmes.

Career opportunities

Salaries for Sports Development Officers range from £20,000 to £35,000 per year and managers can earn up to £50,000 per year. Starting salaries for Fitness Instructors are around £13,000 per year and experienced instructors can earn around £20,000 per year. Leisure Centre Managers can earn between £17,000 and around £25,000 per year, and senior managers can earn over £35,000 per year.

Source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Where are they now?

Fiona Nuttall

Fiona studied the BTEC Sport and Exercise Science level 3 Diploma at Wirral Met and recently ran for Merseyside at ESAA Cross Country Championships. Fiona has been accepted onto university to read Sports Science

Choose to be

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Industrial Scientist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Pharmacist

Wirral Met College is a leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre for the North West of England. We are in the process of building a brand new STEM Centre at our Twelve Quays Campus, which will open in April 2016. The new STEM Centre will bring together a number of key technology disciplines embracing specialist, industry-standard equipment and enabling students to develop their skills for a wide range of careers. We work with many employers and in 2014 we were named as Provider of the Year in a national competition awarded by the Sector Skills Council for Science, Cogent.

Study programmes delivered at the Twelve Quays Campus include:

Course Level Code

What next?

Many students progress onto jobs and/or apprenticeships once they have completed their full-time study programmes. Level 3 students often progress onto Higher Education programmes such as the Higher National Certificate (HNC), or Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in Applied Chemistry, or the Foundation Degree in Chemistry or Forensic Science, which are offered at Wirral Met College working in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Career opportunities

Starting salaries for Forensic Scientists are £20,000 per year and experienced scientists may earn between £25,000 and £35,000 per year.

Source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Where are they now?

Fozia Ali

Fozia is currently doing an Advanced level Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technicians and was awarded with the UK Life Sciences Advanced Apprentice Award 2014.

At Wirral Met College you can learn and develop a variety of different skills to help you progress in your work or life. Courses in this area are designed to give young people and adults more confidence as well as helping you to develop personal and work related skills.


If you are aged 16 to 25, and you would like to develop your personal skills working as part of a team within your local community, then the Prince’s Trust Team programme is for you. This 12 week programme will include outdoor pursuits, work placement opportunities and a one week residential leading towards a final presentation of your achievements.

Where next?

Many students progress onto college study programmes, employment or an apprenticeship.


Progression into Further Education is a 30 weeks, full-time Entry Level 3 study programme. It is designed for 16 to 19 year olds who have withdrawn from a 16-19 study programme which they started in September. It is also appropriate for young people who are not currently in employment, education or training. You will learn important skills to help you progress onto your next study programme or course.


  • Independent living
  • Supported employment opportunities
  • Progression to mainstream vocational study programmes

Prep4Life courses offer young people (aged 16-25) with learning difficulties or disabilities the opportunity to develop independence and work skills that will help them in adult life.

Course title Independent Options Vocational Options Preparation for Work
Target group Students with Severe Learning Difficulties Students with Severe or Moderate Learning Difficulties Students with Moderate Learning Difficulties
Level Milestone 6 - Entry Level 1 Entry Level 2-3 Entry Level 3
Length of course 1 or 2 years 1 or 2 years 1 or 2 years

On these courses, you will:

  • learn independence skills that will help you at home and work
  • try some practical activities and work skills
  • get lots of support to help you achieve at your own level and pace
  • work on your communication and number skills
  • have a go at leisure and community activities

We offer:

  • a thorough assessment of your needs
  • support to develop your person centred plan (a plan designed just for you)
  • small group teaching, with specialist teachers
  • one-to-one support, if you need it
  • specialist equipment
  • fully accessible facilities
  • highly trained care staff
  • close partnership working with other agencies including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare

Where next?

Many students progress onto mainstream study programmes at Wirral Met College, and others move onto jobs or independent living in the local community.

Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on 0151 551 7435or 0151 551 7777.

Where are they now?

Nathan Warham

Nathan progressed from a Prep4Life course onto the Food and Beverage Service level 2 course.


Choose to be

  • British Sign Language Interpreter
  • Communication Support Worker
  • Special Needs Teaching Assistant

The British Sign Language (BSL) courses are designed to enable you to communicate with d/Deaf people. You will learn simple and everyday language use, so you can meet and mix with d/Deaf people and those with hearing impairments.

Study programmes delivered at the Conway Park Campus include:

Course Level Code

Where next?

Many students progress onto jobs once they have completed their study, whilst come decide to become self-employed.

Career Oppurtunities

Salaries for BSL interpreters vary widely depending on experience, employer and location. However, full time interpreters can earn between £20,000 and £35,000 a year. Communication support workers can earn around £18,000 to £22,000 a year. (Source)

Choose to be

  • Retail Assistant
  • Retail Buying Assistant/Junior Buyer
  • Retail Merchandising Assistant/Junior Merchandiser
  • Optical Dispenser
  • Florist
  • Funeral Director
  • Pharmacist
  • Self employment

We are the leading provider of retail apprenticeships, training and development across Wirral and Liverpool City Region.  We provide high quality, customised training for retail businesses and their employees. Studying retail at Wirral Met College will give you access to specialist training and education. Our tutors have the professional expertise, commercial skills and experience to support you as you take your fist step towards a career in retail.

Study programmes delivered at our Conway Park Campus:

Course Level Code

Intermediate Retail Apprenticeships are for those with little or no experience working in a retail environment. You will gain experience and skills including stock storage and order processing, merchandising and selling goods, and customer service.

Advanced Retail Apprenticeships are for those who have completed the intermediate apprenticeship, or those who have experience working in the retail sector. You will develop your skills and experience across Sales Professional, Retail Management or Visual Merchandising, depending on the role you are working in.

Where next?

You can continue onto a Higher Education course and develop your career potential.

Career opportunities

Retail Managers can earn from £20,000 to £40,000 per year. Retail assistant buyers may earn from £16,000 to £24,000 a year, with junior buyers earning between £25,000 and £32,000.

Source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Where are they now?

Leanne Whittaker

Leanne chose to do an apprenticeship in Retail as she would like to run her own business. The apprenticeship has given her experience of how to do this.

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Why study at Wirral Met?

  • We offer student bursaries (terms & conditions apply) and great facilities in our new and refurbished campuses. 
  • You will benefit from our excellent links with employers for work placements. 
  • We give outstanding support for students at all levels and abilities.
  • Wirral Met is a friendly place to study and our active Students' Union provide lots of trips and events to help you make friends and have fun.
  • Tutors are sector specialists with extensive industrial and teaching experience to help you progress to your chosen career.
  • Wirral Met has been rated Good in our recent Ofsted inspection.

Wirral Met prepares you for jobs, apprenticeships & university!

Come along to our Open Evening and find out more - details of our next open evening are on our College Calendar.

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