Travel & Tourism

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Entry Requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three or more subjects including a minimum grade 4/D in English.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

Year One Units

You will study a total of nine units over the first year of the course. These cover areas such as:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry.
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism.
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism.
  • UK Travel Destinations.
  • Working as a Holiday Representative.


Year Two Units

The second year of the course follows the pattern of the first. Again you will study a total nine units including:

  • Special Interest Tourism.
  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism.
  • Taking part in a Work Placement.
  • Investigating Tour Operators.
  • Entertainment in the Travel and Tourism Industry.


What skills do I need?

  • A commitment and interest in finding out more about the travel and tourism industry.
  • An ability to plan your work to meet deadlines.
  • A willingness to gain information and expand knowledge through research.
  • A basic ability to express work ideas in clear written and spoken English.

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Why should I study this course?

 This is a vocational course which will help prepare you for working in one of the UK’s most exciting industries. You will have the opportunity to learn about the travel and tourism industry.

You will find out how it works and why it is such an important sector in the economy. Most importantly, the course will help develop the skills which employers value and expect from prospective workers of the future. This two year course is equivalent to three full A Levels.

It is an ideal stepping stone to either a job in the industry or perhaps to further study in Travel and Tourism related field at university.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed mostly through coursework.  All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. There is also an examination to sit each year.

What will this course prepare me for?

This course will give you an excellent understanding of how the travel and tourism industry works. It will help prepare you for being successful in finding a job in one of the many sectors of the industry, such as working in a travel agent, being a holiday representative or even a member of cabin crew with a major airline. You may, of course, use the course as a means of securing a Higher Education place on one of the many travel and tourism related degree courses available at university.

Private Study

You will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of private study a week. This work is outside of the classroom and will enable you to complete your coursework tasks and achieve your target grade.

What materials will I need to provide?

The college will provide you with basic textbooks and teaching materials. You will need to purchase paper, pens and other writing materials. We would advise you to obtain a USB stick to help you with the completion of coursework outside of lessons.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who share your interest in the travel and tourism industry. You will experience a wide variety of learning activities during the course including the chance to take part in several visits to the past local, regional and national travel and tourism venues. In the past students have visited Blackpool, York, London and Scarborough.

There is likely to be the opportunity to visit overseas. Each year we visit the exciting city of Amsterdam.

You will have a two week work placement to help you decide if the right travel and tourism job is out there.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma inTravel & Tourism is for you if

  • You would like to work in one of the UK’s most exciting industries.
  • You enjoy studying a course that helps you develop lots of skills.
  • You enjoy going on visits to see major tourist attractions.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism is not for you if

  • You are not interested in the travel industry.
  • You are not very good at meeting coursework deadlines.