Course Title BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
Level: 3
Code Y109

Overview of the Course

This course is ideal for you if you wish to continue your education through a work-related pathway in the travel and tourism industry. The aim of the qualification is to prepare you for entry to a range of progression opportunities into employment within the travel and tourism sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level, and is designed as a full one-year programme, giving you the opportunity to cover the travel and tourism sector by studying an interesting range of units.

What are the career opportunities?

The tourism industry is the UK’s third largest employer with 2.97 million people employed in over 265,000 tourism businesses. Tourism is one the fastest growing sectors in the UK in employment terms offering huge potential for learners interested in a career in the sector. There are many employment opportunities in a variety of sectors including the cruise industry, airlines and airports, visitor attractions, accommodation and tour operations.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSE Grades 4-9 (A*-C) including English. This is a progression course for travel and tourism students that have previously completed a Level 2 Diploma. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to enrol on this course with alternative post-16 qualifications. Please enquire.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September with the opportunity to progress onto a two year course.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units in which you will be assessed in a variety of ways, including coursework assignments, practical activities, externally set and marked assessments and one externally set exam. Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your final qualification will have two grades in the range PP to D*D*.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the travel and tourism industry you will need to enjoy being part of a team and like working with people. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the travel industry, as you will need to be able to accurately calculate currency exchange rates or holiday costings. You will also need to apply your interpersonal skills including your ability to learn independently and self-management in the workplace.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Travel and tourism students have recently had successful work experience placements with the following employers: Premier Inn, Hays Travel, Swissport Handling agents, Hilton Hotel, Peel Entertainment for Tui cruises and East Lancs Railway.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your travel and tourism study programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in volunteering at events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You may complete coursework study visits including overseas residential trips.

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