Selby College and Carlton Towers inspire Higher Education opportunities

On Tuesday 9th May, students currently studying level 3 Travel & Tourism and Business (Management) at top-performing Selby College, visited the nearby Carlton Towers estate, which is run as a successful corporate events and wedding venue, as well as a cookery school. The group spent the afternoon participating in a range of activities to support potential progression onto a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business at the college.

Activities were pitched at levels 4 and 5, giving students a taste of what to expect should they wish to apply for the Higher Education programme.

Following a tour of the country estate and a briefing from Carlton Towers’ staff, the students were given the opportunity to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test. Challenged with developing a new business concept for Carlton Towers, the students were tasked with compiling a full marketing plan, considering resources and their cost, as well as product development and methods of promotion.

Some of the suggestions that the students came up with included a drive-in cinema, an art exhibition and festivals.

Throughout the day, venue staff offered their support and provided feedback when the group presented their final ideas for potential new endeavours at the end of the session.

We currently offer a one-year HNC in Business programme. This is a full-time course, covering units such as Marketing, Management and Operations, Business Environment and Project Management. Upon successful completion of this level 4 course, there is the opportunity to progress onto level 5 and our Business & Management Higher National Diploma (HND). Units on the HND include Research Project, Organisational Behaviour and Global Business Environment. Students on the Business course will be able to enhance their employability outside the classroom and build on the practical skills they need to pass their assessments.

Many students, upon completion of their level 5 HND, apply to university top-up programmes to extend their learning to degree level.

For more information about this course and other Higher Education courses at Selby College, please contact the HE team on tel 01757 211114 or email

Published: Thursday 18 May 2017