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Travel & Tourism - Diploma/Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Travel and tourism is one of the most exciting industries in the world. You could be helping someone find their dream holiday, travelling the world as cabin crew, working as a holiday rep in sunny locations or progressing through the ranks to become a top manager.

The department has fantastic links with some of the largest travel companies in the world, including British Airways, First Choice Holidays, Tui, Swissport, Menzies and Virgin Atlantic and guest speakers regularly share their industry knowledge with students. Students also benefit from
overseas educational visits to destinations such as New York and Barcelona along with UK-based educational visits to locations such as Heathrow, Thorpe Park and the British Airways Training Academy.

Our BTEC and vocational courses are practical in nature, so when you move into your career you will feel well prepared to meet the challenges.

Year 1 you study for the National Diploma, and if successful you then progress on to year 2 to complete the BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

This course is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors within the Travel and Tourism industry.

The course is made up of 18 units of study, 9 core units (Year 1) and 9 specialist units. (Year 2) Additionally work related vocational programmes of study are included to broaden student’s knowledge and understanding of the Travel and Tourism industry.

Course content

You will study units such as:

  • Investigating travel and tourism
  • Business of travel and tourism
  • The UK as a destination
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • Marketing Travel and Tourism Products and Services
  • Preparing for employment in the travel and tourism industry
  • European travel market
  • Long Haul destinations
  • Sustainable Tourism Development Tour Operations
  • Special Interest tourism
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Holiday Representatives
  • Residential Study Visit
  • Current issues in Travel and Tourism
  • The appeal and importance of UK visitor attractions
  • Work Experience in the Travel and Tourism industry

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English, and GCSE Mathematics at grade D or Functional Skills Level 2. Vocational Level 2 at distinction grade in 75% of individual units or above.

Interview for entry: Interview required


The course is assessed by internal and external bodies with formal progress tests and assignments taken throughout the course and continuous feedback on your progress.

Assessment will be a combination of exams, written work and role plays.

Financial information

All full time courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment and the cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the college's learner support funds. You should apply for financial support as soon as you receive your offer letter.

Future opportunities

If successful you will progress on to the L3 Extended Diploma or you can progress onto another vocational course at City College (including travel, hair and beauty)

We have former students working as travel reps in locations such as Bulgaria, Turkey and Spain or flying around the world with Easyjet, Aer Lingus, British Airways and Thomas Cook amongst others. Students have also gone on to University or to work for travel agencies or ground operations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49