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Travel and Tourism Level 3 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

Do you have a keen interest in the travel industry? Students completing their BTEC Nationals in Travel and Tourism will be aiming to go on to employment, often via the stepping stone of higher education. The course has been developed in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses and universities. The Foundation Diploma in Travel and Tourism is gained at the end of the first year of a two year level 3 qualification. In the second year you will gain an Extended Diploma which is equivalent to three 'A' levels.

The Extended Diploma can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles within the travel and tourism sector or Higher Apprenticeships. Learners can also progress onto a university undergraduate course.

Course content

The Foundation Diploma is completed in one year studying full time and learners can then progress onto a second year of study to gain the Extended Diploma. The Foundation diploma has 4 mandatory units and a further 2 optional units.

You will study a number of different topic areas, including;

  • The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Global Destinations
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • The UK as a Tourist Destination
  • Working Overseas
  • The Airport Experience.

Entry requirements

You will need to possess 4 GCSEs at C or above including maths and English.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods including task set and marked by the awarding body, examination and tasks that are set and assessed by your teacher. These include projects, analysis of case studies and presentations.

Financial information

You will need to purchase a uniform (approximately £50). You will also be asked to pay a contribution towards the cost of trips and residentials which are a mandatory part of the course.

Future opportunities

The Foundation Diploma is the first year of a two year level 3 qualification. Students who complete the Foundation Diploma usually progress to the Extended Diploma, however, there are opportunities to move into apprenticeships from this course.

After successfully completing this Extended Diploma, you can progress to a university qualification at either foundation or undergraduate degree level, either here at the college or at other institutions. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example;

  • BSc (Hons) in International Travel and Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) in Hospitality and Travel Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
  • HNC/D Travel and Tourism
  • Higher Apprenticeship.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

Whilst attending this course students have a variety of work experience opportunities.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Trips may be organised throughout the course, speak to the course tutor during your admissions interview for more information.

Are there any links with industry?

This is a college based course, your learning will be enhanced by engaging with employers. You will have guest speakers attending the course and you can also involve yourself in work experience.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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    • By Rail: Anyone travelling by train should disembark at Central Station in Warrington. Our Winwick Road Campus is around a 20 minute walk along the A49 (you will pass the Warrington Wolves RLFC stadium and the Tesco supermarket on your left).

      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.