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Travel and Tourism - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will give you an in-depth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry, one of the most important contributors to the UK economy and an exciting industry to work in. You will investigate a wide range of topics designed to add to your developing knowledge of the industry and reflect your own career aspirations. You may visit the World Travel Market, take part in British Airways workshops and have work experience opportunities.

Course content

You will develop practical skills and essential know-how for the rapidly expanding travel and tourism industry through a combination of lectures, workshops, personal research and assignments. You will develop general and specialist management skills, communication and presentation skills. Core subjects will provide you with a general understanding of the industry, and a large number of specialist units are focused on developing specific skills and knowledge of the industry.

You will study core skills:

  • Management skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Investigating travel and tourism
  • The business of travel and tourism
  • The UK as a destination
  • Customer service.


This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

You will also study specialist units such as:

  • Long haul travel
  • Marketing travel and tourism products and services
  • Hospitality operations in travel and tourism
  • Airfares and ticketing.

You may visit the World Travel Market, take place in British Airways workshops and have work experience opportunities.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSE at grades A*-C / grades 9-4 including English language, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email .


All units are assessed via assignments. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalency and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

Employment with a tour operator, travel agent, hotel or hospitality provider, or continue your studies with an HND or degree programme in Travel and Tourism Management.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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 August 2017
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