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Travel and Tourism Level 3

When you study travel and tourism you will discover that it involves a lot more than working as cabin crew! Travel and tourism is a dynamic industry which accounts for almost 3 million jobs in the UK and provides work opportunities globally, in lots of different roles.


This course will prepare you for a career tour with companies, airlines, airports, travel agents, holiday resorts or corporate travel. You will be looking at how the industry works as well as developing essential skills needed for the world of travel. You may, for example, plan a travel related event, conduct research on customer service in a local travel agent or visitor attraction.


You may have the opportunity to visit European cities such as Barcelona or Paris. You will also be expected to take part in a two week travel and tourism related work experience placement which will help you become more employable at the end of the course.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


Exam Board: BTEC


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  • What will I study and learn?

    The units cover a wide range of subjects, including among others, worldwide travel destinations, special interest holidays, and holiday park host in your first year, with cruising, business travel and resort representatives being some of the units in your second.

    You will work as part of a team as well as individually. Research is an important part of the preparation for assessment and we have resources such as atlases, guide books and brochures for use in our classrooms. 

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course has a variety of assessment methods that should give opportunities for all different types of learners to succeed, for example:

    • role-plays
    • presentations
    • written reports
    • class tests
    • on-line multiple choice tests

    The work for each unit will be graded pass, merit or distinction.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to be somebody who is interested in:

    • learning about the world and why people travel
    • developing excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
    • being a team player
    • moving on to a related career or higher education course
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Maths at grade 4 or above.


    Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English at grade 4.

  • What are my progression options?

    Students with a Level 3 qualification in Travel and Tourism have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways and identifying and developing links between different parts of the subject.


    These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of value. You could use your qualification to go straight into employment, further training or university.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will be required to pay £100 at the start of the academic year to cover compulsory trip fees - you may be eligible for bursary funding for this. Optional overseas trips may be offered with an approximate cost of £450.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 you may not have to pay fees, provided the qualification meets the legal entitlement at that level – Please enquire for further details.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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