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BTEC Level 3 National Award in TRAVEL & TOURISM - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


Despite recent setbacks, the travel and tourism industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. The last ten years have seen a huge increase in the amount of travel undertaken by individuals for both leisure and business purposes. Significantly, the growth of budget airlines has contributed to an expansion in the short-break market. This has led to a growth of regional airports in the UK and across Europe and a rise in the number of new hospitality enterprises including health spas and boutique hotels. This rapid expansion has led to huge demand for a more flexibly-skilled workforce. Specific skills gaps identified in the emerging Sector Qualification Strategy (SQS) for Travel and Tourism include customer service skills, destination geography, knowledge of working with children, and business skills. These BTEC Nationals seek to address these areas. They have been structured to encourage the acquisition and development of these competencies prior to, or whilst in, employment in the travel and tourism industry.

Course content


The course is almost entirely continual assessment and for the award of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, students’ must complete 6 units:

• The Travel Sector, The Business of Travel & Tourism, the UK as a Destination, Customer Service, Preparing for employment in the Travel & Tourism Sector, Long haul destinations

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an A*- C grade in at least 5 subjects at GCSE level.

Future opportunities


The course is designed to provide an all-round introduction to the travel and tourism industry for those who wish to further their careers in one of its many connected occupational areas. These include careers in retail travel, visitor attractions, and accommodation, transport and tour operations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September