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Travel & Tourism BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


This course is subject to accreditation from the Awarding Body.

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.

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is designed to provide specialist work-related skills in the Travel and Tourism sector. It provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment or further education in the industry.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/ A*- C, including Maths, English (Minimum Grade 4/C)


Unit 1

Investigating Travel and Tourism

This unit enables students to gain an overview of Travel and Tourism, and see how the different areas of the Travel and Tourism industry link together.

Coursework due Autumn Term

Unit 2

The Business of Travel and Tourism

The unit will enable students to make realistic recommendations to solve a business’s cash flow problems based on information provided by it. Students  will also explain how organisations in different sectors gain competitive advantage and meet their aims.

Coursework due Summer Term

Unit 3

The UK as a Destination

The UK as a destination has wide appeal to both inbound and domestic tourists. It supports a wealth of Travel and Tourism products and services and offers a multitude of career opportunities. Knowledge of the UK as a destination is crucial for success in many travel and tourism organisations. This unit introduces students to tourism in the UK and its customers and products.

Coursework due Spring Term

Unit 4

Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

Aspects such as appearance, problem solving and communication skills are all exceptionally important to the provision of excellent service. Students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate these skills with customers in real or simulated situations across different sectors of the industry.

Coursework due Autumn Term

Unit 10

Long haul Travel Destinations

There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of long-haul destinations in recent years.  The focus of this unit is for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations.  They will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour.

Coursework due Spring Term

Unit 13

Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism

This unit will develop research and self-management skills which are invaluable in employment.  The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop skills in research methodology and use these to explore the complexities of the travel and tourism sector and the key issues that affect it.

Coursework due  Summer Term

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc

Future opportunities

The course is designed to provide an all-round introduction to the Travel and Tourism industry for students who wish to pursue a career in one of its many connected occupational areas. These include careers in retail travel, visitor attractions, accommodation, transport and tour operations. You do not need to have studied Travel and Tourism before you undertake this course.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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