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Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Macclesfield College

Course description

This course provides an excellent and varied programme giving you access to Higher Education or a wide variety careers in the travel or tourism industry. You will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in Travel and Tourism and apply your learning in a practical and realistic way.

Course content

During this course you will study a total of twenty units. Four core units will provide a general foundation and sixteen specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.

Core units:

  • Investigating the travel and tourism sector
  • The business of travel and tourism
  • The UK as a destination
  • Customer service in travel and tourism

Specialist units:

  • European destinations
  • Long haul travel destinations
  • Retail travel operations
  • Preparing for employment in travel and tourism
  • Air fares and ticketing
  • Residential study visit
  • Working as a holiday representative

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs Grade A*-C, ideally to include English Language
  • A Level 2 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma) 

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


All BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma units are assessed through project and assignment work. There are no external examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction* is awarded on completion. 

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Financial information

You will have the opportunity to take part in travel, educational and industrial visits both here and abroad during your course programme. A financial contribution of £450 per year towards the cost of the visits is to be paid during each year’s first term. Possible visits may include Paris, Bruges and the Costa Del Sol, University and UCAS events but could be subject to change. 

Future opportunities

On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

  • Apply to study a course at Higher Education such as a Degree in Travel and Tourism or a related subject such as Hotel Management or Marketing
  • Pursue career opportunities in the Travel and Tourism sector within tour operations, airlines, cruises and business travel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Macclesfield College directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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