This is a two year course aimed at people who are interested in this vocational area. Students must pass all units to achieve the BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Travel and Tourism in year 1. The units cover a wide range of tourist and travel agents operational activities. After successful completion of this course students can progress on to the Level 3 Extended diploma in Travel and Tourism and study Level 2 Cabin Crew.
The method of learning is a mixture of both tutor led and practical sessions. Tutors expect full participation in learning activities.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- European Travel Market
- Retail Travel Acency Operations
- Investigating Travel and Tourism
- The Business of Travel and Tourism
- UK Destinations
- Customer Service
- Preparing for Employment
You will also study additional qualifications:
- Level 2 NCFE Certificate for Resort Representative Year 1
- Level 2 NCFE Certificate for Aviation Operations on the Ground Year 2
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in travel and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification before progressing to either Higher Education or employment.
How is the course assessed?
There is no end test within this course and varying methods of assessment will be used:
- Role Play
- Professional Discussions
- Written Tasks
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
- The breadth and depth of the travel industry, including the products and packages available in the travel and tourism sector
How to enhance the customer experience
- Tourist destinations, visitor attractions and the importance of sustainable tourism.
You will have the ability to:
Deal with customer enquiries and queries, meet and greet customers in destinations and market products to customers
Use critical thinking and creative solutions to solve non-routine problems and handle complaints
- Communicate and work collaboratively, as well as independently.
What is required?
Strong communication and teamwork skills
Ability to work flexibly, and succeed under pressure to meet deadlines
- A proactive and positive personality.
There will be a number of day trips and a UK residential in the first year followed by an overseas residential in the second year.
The following approximate costs are payable at enrolment:
- £400 on enrolment into year 1
£500 on enrolment into year 2
The above costs are non refundable.
Students are expected to behave, be punctual and dress appropriately at all times.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion of the first year of this course you could progress to the Extended Diploma in Travel Year 2 and then on to Travel and Tourism Management or Hospitality at HND or Degree level.
Alternatively, you could seek employment with travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels and conference centres or within the tourism industry.
Entry Requirements for new students
Four GCSEs at Grade 4 [C] or above or Level 2 in Travel, or another appropriate BTEC Level 2 including English and Maths at Functional Skills Level 1 or GCSE grade 3 [D].
We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.