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Travel and Tourism BTEC Certificate, Subsidiary Award Level 3 (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a full-time work related course that lasts for two years. It has been developed to meet the employment needs and opportunities within the Travel and Tourism Industry. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is equivalent to 1 AS Level qualification in the first year and a full A Level in the second when converted to a Subsidiary Award.

Course content

There are 2 core units and 1 specialist unit to complete each year. Titles of these include the travel and tourism industry, the business of travel and tourism, customer service, working in the industry, UK as a destination and retail travel operations.

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at A*- C

• An interest in the travel and tourism industry

• Motivation and commitment to the subject

• The ability to meet deadlines

• Good communication and ICT skills would be an advantage


The 6 units you study over the two years are entirely coursework based and you will be assessed in a variety of ways. This assessment will include written work in the form of reports, posters or leaflets and some practical assessments through observation feedback or witness statements. The overall grade for the qualification is awarded to learners who successfully complete all units. The course is practical wherever possible. Customer service is the main practical based unit of work. Other units will focus upon areas such as The Business of Travel and Tourism, UK as a Destination, European Destinations, Customer Service, Working in the industry and Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector.

Future opportunities

Successful students may progress to higher levels of study in Travel and Tourism, Marketing and International Travel as well as Management and HR. Past students working towards degrees have gone to Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Met, MMU and Chester.

You can also gain employment within the industry; past students are currently working for all the following companies: British Airways, Thomson Airways, BMI, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook, Jet2, First Choice, Swissport, NIS Business Travel and Co-op Travel and Key Holidays International.

Further information

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to take part in day trips, team building activities, work placement opportunities and overseas study visits to Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Sicily, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Benidorm and New York.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years