Travel and Tourism

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Travel and Tourism

Why should I study this course?

This vocational course is the equivalent of three full A Levels and will prepare you for working in one of the UK’s most exciting industries. You will learn about how the travel and tourism industry works and why it is such an important sector in the economy.

What will I study?

Year One Units

You will study a total of nine units 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

Again you will study a total of 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.

Examination board


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 the 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 a job in one of the many sectors of the industry, such as working in a travel agency, being a holiday representative or even a member of cabin crew with a major airline.

It will also prepare you for studying one of the many travel and tourism-related degrees 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 give you hands-on, relevant experience to increase your employability skills.

This course 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.

Your application starts here

our next open event

What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three or more subjects including a minimum grade 3 (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; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

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.