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Travel and Tourism (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

English Language grade 4. All Level 3 subjects require a minimum of five grade 4 GCSEs in total.


This Level 3 course is a work-related qualification and an introduction to the travel and tourism industry. It is equivalent to three A Levels. You will learn about the many opportunities in travel and tourism and gain an understanding of the value of the industry locally, nationally and internationally. You will also be enrolled on The Travel Academy which is a suite of travel industry courses leading to college certification in subjects including Air Cabin Crew and Airline Health and Safety.  Some assessments will be held in our mock iFly aircraft requiring students to simulate airline skills and knowledge.

The aim of this course is to provide you with an excellent grounding in the skills and knowledge needed for a career in travel and tourism. You will develop research skills in order to find out about specific tourist destinations and gain an understanding of the attractions on offer. You will then use your communication skills to present information, and to ask and respond to questions. You will study a range of different units.

You can expect to:

  • Explore the business of travel and tourism
  • Study customer service in travel and tourism
  • Look at the UK as a travel destination and the impact tourism has on the economy
  • Research worldwide travel destinations
  • Take part in presentations and role plays
  • Organise events
  • Visit and study local attractions and destinations
  • Attend a work placement in the industry and develop your skills for employment

You will have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip and you will be expected to participate in work experience.

  • Assessment Criteria

    The majority of learning is assessed by coursework, but there are two external exam units: Unit 1 - The World of Travel & Tourism and Unit 2 - Global Destinations. All other units are assessed internally.
  • Further Information

    Two year Level 3 BTEC course of 12x 70min lessons per week (equivalent to 3 A Levels); subject to the successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in the first year.

Further Information

This course provides the opportunity to progress to university to study degree programmes in tourism or related subjects, or to follow pathways into employment within one of the many areas of the travel and tourism industry, such as airlines, tour operations, visitor attractions, tourism development, travel agencies, holiday representatives or event management. Former students have gone on to jobs with Easyjet, London City Airport, Eurocamp, and as a Neilson ski representative.

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