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Travel and Tourism, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Do you love travel? Did you know that you could make a career out of it in the dynamic, diverse and expanding Travel & Tourism industry? Well you can- and where better to start your journey than right here, at OSFC.

Memories of travel can last a lifetime. Whether it’s a two week family trip to Spain or a year-long adventure backpacking through the rainforest, all travellers need the help of those who work in the Travel and Tourism industry to ensure their trips run smoothly.

If you enjoy learning through practical, work-related activities and completing assignments based on realistic workplace situations then BTEC Travel and Tourism could be for you. The knowledge you build up and the skills you develop over the course will be put into practice when you enjoy work experience in the field. The experiences you have on these placements will prove invaluable. They will provide you with lots of knowledge and a range of transferable skills whether you decide to go straight into the workplace or start at University.

Course content

Year 1 (Level 3 Certificate)

Level 3 Sub Diploma Equivalent to 1 A Level

Unit 1 – Investigating Travel & Tourism. In this unit you will gain an understanding of the Travel & Tourism industry. This will include the development of the industry, the organisations involved, products and services provided, the factors affecting the industry and prospects for the future.

Unit 3 – The UK as a Destination. This unit introduces you to tourism in the UK, its customers, and its products, giving you the opportunity to investigate and locate key destinations, gateways and geographical features. You will also study how the UK meets the needs of its diverse markets.

Unit 4 – Customer Service in Travel & Tourism. In this unit you will find out why excellent customer service is so important in Travel & Tourism. It offers you an opportunity to develop practical skills and provide service to customers in a variety of situations, with different types of customers, and to investigate the effectiveness of customer service in Travel & Tourism organisations.

Year 1 (Sub Diploma)

Unit 2 – The Business of Travel & Tourism. In this unit you will explore different types of Travel & Tourism organisations and study financial and administrative systems that support them, as well as their management and communication systems.

Unit 6 – Preparing for Employment in the Travel and Tourism industry. This unit gives you the opportunity to understand the range of career opportunities in the industry, and will look at recruitment and selection. It will help you prepare yourselves for employment in the industry.

Unit 8 – Long- Haul Destinations. Here you will learn all about different destination round the world and why they appeal to different customer types and the different types of activities, holidays and destinations people visit around the world for tourism experiences.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Level 2 vocational qualifications can count as one or two of the five GCSE passes.

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Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • Manchester Metropolitan University - Tourism Management
  • The University of Chester - Events Management and Tourism
  • The University Of Salford - Business and Tourism Management with Professional Experience
  • Leeds Beckett University - International Tourism Management

Careers Destinations

  • Overseas representative
  • Air Cabin Crew
  • Tour Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Travel agency Manager
  • Event Organiser
  • Hotel Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Outdoor Activities/Education Manager

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Business
  • Languages
  • Sport
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Dance

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: 02 October 2018
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