Course Title BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Travel and Tourism
Level: 1
Code Y160

Overview of the Course

This course is for you if you wish to gain an introduction to the travel and tourism industry and provides opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for a successful performance in the travel industry. The aim of the qualification is to support and prepare you for progression onto Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Travel and Tourism. The qualification 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 as part of your programme of study.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Overseas Holiday Rep
  • Cabin Crew
  • Events and Conference Coordinator
  • Holiday Reservations Agent
  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Overseas Hotel Contractor
  • Resort Operations Manager
  • Holiday Entertainer
  • Airport Check-in Agent
  • Retail Travel Consultant
  • Tour Operator
  • Tourism Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Reservation Sales Agent

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades 9-2 (A*-E) including English

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

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 and practical activities.

Units include:

The UK Travel Industry, The UK Tourism Industry, Service in Travel and Tourism, Locational Geography, Package Travel and Tourism Products and Services, UK Travel and Tourism Destinations, Recommending Holidays to Suit Customers’ Needs, Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations, The Role of Overseas Resort Representatives, Travel and Tourism Itineraries, Accessible Travel and Tourism and Promotional Materials for Travel and Tourism. For each unit you will be graded a pass provided you meet all the assessment criteria

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a 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

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain handson work based industry skills. Travel and Tourism students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Hotels/Travel Agents
  • Airport Handling Agents
  • Cruise Liners
  • East Lancashire 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?

There may be additional costs for coursework visit trips.


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