VA Earth

What better way to show employers your global knowledge in the Tourism and Hospitality industry than by having completed a travel training qualification (VA Earth) about the world that is endorsed and certified by Virgin Atlantic.


From Honolulu to Helsinki, from Iceland to Indonesia and from Machu Picchu to Madagascar, the VA Earth programme is a fascinating ‘world tour’ covering all 195 countries on the globe. The VA Earth course begins with an introduction to essential world geography and the climate, as well as explaining the operation of international time zones. It then goes on to cover interesting and stimulating facts about each country in turn with useful details of key travel destinations, including aspects of historical interest.


The VA Earth programme has been developed by some of the travel industry’s top Travel Geography Courses writers. The result is a fresh contemporary approach and a thoroughness for which Virgin is famous. This course is designed to improve the global geography skills needed within the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality sector, The course content involves relevant global geography information about countries, major cities and popular destinations. 


Click here for a link to the qualification specification.


VA Earth Programme overview

An introductory course designed to develop learners’ global geography skills. 



  • The course is available for accredited centres to run.
  • All the study material is provided and once the exam is completed and passed, a CTH certificate is issued.


Course Objectives:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • To be able to locate a country on a world map.
  • To match a capital city with its country.
  • To name further major cities in specific countries.
  • To place each country in the correct continent.
  • To identify each of the five oceans of the world.
  • To provide essential and useful information about each country in the world.
  • To provide stimulating information about the major cites of the world.


Duration & Cost

Option 1: 
2 hours X 2 days per week for 6 weeks: £390.00 + £50 one-off Registration Fee

Option 2: 
Saturday, 10:15am to 12:30pm for 12 weeks: £390.00 + £50 one-off Registration Fee


English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate the following levels of proficiency in English language:

  • Cambridge IELTS (Academic Test): 6.0 or above (no less than 5.5. in any skill)
  • Cambridge English (Advanced): Grade C or above (no less than 'weak' for any skill)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 55 or above (No less than 51 in any skill)

If you do not hold an English language qualification, you can study the IELTS English course with us.

For more information or advice on English language requirements, please call our friendly Admissions Team on +44 (0) 208 947 1338 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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