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Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

Are you interested in travel? Why we go away and where we go? Do you want to work and learn more about the second largest industry in the world?

This is a work-related course.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic travel and tourism situations, activities and demands.

As well as learning about the employment opportunities, you will develop the skills needed to start or progress in your career.

Course content

This course is made up of 20 units studied over a 2 year period:

Year 1:

  • Investigating Travel and Tourism
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • The UK as a Destination
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • European Destinations
  • Retail Travel Operations
  • Hospitality Operations in Travel and Tourism
  • Tour Operations
  • UK Visitor Attractions
  • Undertaking Environmental Interpretation in land based

Year 2:

  • Marketing Travel and Tourism Products and Services
  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • Long Haul Travel Destinations
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Working as a Holiday Representative
  • Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
  • Entertainment for Holiday Makers
  • Investigating the Cruise Industry
  • Specialist Tourism
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities


Entry requirements

You will be required to have at least one of the following:

  • You must meet the College entry requirements for a vocational course of at least five GCSEs at grade C or above in appropriate subjects, including English Language.
  • A BTEC Level 2 Diploma with Merit profile.
  • Attendance, effort and participation reports will also be taken into account when assessing a candidate’s suitability.



Coursework will require you to research and gather information relevant to the units; this will then be put together to fulfil the unit coursework requirements. Assessment will be carried out through a variety of formats from role plays to presentations to written submissions.

In the 2nd year of your course you will be required to attend a compulsory residential for the assessment of your Outdoor and Adventurous Activities unit.

A further assessment will include a realistic recruitment day with industry experts offering hints and tips for employment.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake training from CLIA (Cruist Lines International Association) who are the government body for Cruising in the UK and Ireland.


Financial information

The cost of the compulsory residential for the assessment of your Outdoor and Adventurous Activities unit will be provided at the end of your first year but will be approximately £200.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is valued by employers and higher education. You could pursue a career in one of the many sectors in the industry.

Alternatively you could you could go on to higher education and take an Honours or Foundation degree in Tourism Management.

Further information

Work Experience – as part of your first year, you will be required to undertake a 5 day placement in industry;  you will be guided by your tutor for this.

First year students will also have the opportunity to participate in a 4 day residential to Disney Land Paris, a deposit will be required of £50 to secure your place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 May 2016

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