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Travel & Tourism BTEC level 3 National Diploma at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Travel and tourism is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing industries which has created a wide range of career opportunities in a number of different sectors such as transport (airports, airlines, cruise ships), hospitality, events management to name but a few. The course will give you the opportunity to explore the different factors that are needed for organisations to achieve success and will give you an appreciation of the types and levels of work skills needed. You will research and visit some leading players from the industry; these include companies such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and the five star Royal Garden Hotel, while also looking at the vital role played by the smaller local providers. Throughout the course you will develop and build the skills, contacts and knowledge that will help you to progress your career in travel and tourism.

Course content

The course consists of 12 units which will be assessed and externally verified by the exam board. The units of work cover areas such as: Investigating the Tourism industry; Marketing; Business; Specialist Tourism; Responsible Tourism; Customer Service; Hospitality; Preparing for Employment; Passenger Transport; UK Destinations; Research Report on Current Issues.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: C in humanities subject (within 5 A-C grades) D in Maths or PM or above at BTEC Ext Cert Travel & Tourism.


You will be asked to provide a range of assessment evidence which will include reports, presentations, role plays and tests. Your tutor will give you guidance as to how the work should be completed and encourage you to attain the highest grades. Regular and informative feedback will be given on your classwork progress which will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete the formal assessment.

Future opportunities

Over the years we have had a very high level of progression both internally (from levels 1 and 2 to Advanced Level 3) and externally to Higher Education. Indeed, most of our students go on to achieve success on travel and tourism (or related) courses at University.

There are a wide range of courses which our students have gone on to study at Degree level: Airports and Airline Management, Hospitality, Events Planning, Transport Management and International Travel and Tourism Management courses have all been popular choices with our students over the past few years.

Future career opportunities for successful students are good with growing prospects for candidates with the best skills, attributes and qualifications. One of the key aims of the course is the development of transferable skills that will help in both your future studies and career, so there is a strong emphasis on different methods of assessment that help enhance your skills. These include: report writing; individual and group presentations; independent research; work placement activities.

Further information

You will be required to participate in a number of compulsory study visits to travel and tourism organisations and to key tourist areas. These are generally within the London area and can be accessed by public transport. All of the compulsory visits to organisations are free (students pay only for the transport costs). These could include the following: Royal Garden and Tower Hotels; British Airways at Heathrow Airport; Natural History Museum; London West End and South Bank. Some visits are voluntary and will require payment. These include: Virgin Atlantic Training; overseas field trip; Thorpe Park.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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