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Travel and Tourism: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at NESCOT

Course description

The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic industries, it is also one of the largest employment sectors and is continually growing and developing.  The travel industry is so diversified that it contains a range of jobs from holiday reps to tour guides both in the UK and worldwide.

Course content

Completing an extended diploma in travel and tourism will give you the opportunity to be part of this industry and progress quickly in your chosen profession. Being taught by lecturers with real industry experience ensures that the teaching is up to date giving you the best chance of succeeding on the course and therefore giving you the best chance to succeed in your chosen profession.

The course is designed using  a range of teaching methods making it as fun and practical as possible, giving everyone the opportunity to succeed and reach their potential. Combining these elements together with the trips abroad - with previous destinations, being Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Lanzarote - as well as trips to more local UK destinations such as London and Brighton, we believe that learning from experience gives you the best chance of success.

In addition to the main course, all students will take on additional courses. NCFE Resort Reps is taken in the first year and NCFE Cabin Crew or Aviation on the Ground in year two, all of which are successful industry qualifications and give the students that all important help with the first step on the career ladder. Another course offered is First Aid, which is an essential requirement for anyone working in the industry. 

The travel department is very proud of the facilities that it has to offer and especially the cabin crew training room that was installed last year giving our students a real feel for the duties and roles of being a Cabin Crew member. This combined with the annual trip to Virgin Atlantic or British Airways to be put through some of the training required of cabin crew gives a taste of what it is like to work for one of the world’s prestigious companies.

Some of the units covered will be:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector                            
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism                                        
  • The UK as a Destination                                                           
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism                                 
  • European Destinations                                                              
  • Responsible Tourism                                                               
  • Tour Operations                                                                        
  • Specialist Tourism                                                                  
  • Working as a Holiday Representative
  • Long Haul Destinations
  • Residential Study Visit  

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or a Level 2 Diploma in Travel at Merit plus English and maths.

Future opportunities

Successful students may wish to progress into Higher Education on our HND Travel and Tourism Management course.  Others may choose to go directly into employment with tour operators, airlines, travel agencies, passenger transport operators, or visitor attractions. 

Potential career routes in the Travel and Tourism industry:

  • Aviation operations
  • Cabin crew
  • Cabin service
  • Check-in assistant
  • Cruises
  • Customer services
  • Events welcome
  • Hotel assistant
  • Marketing
  • Passenger services officer
  • Rail travel assistant
  • Resort representative
  • Ride operator
  • Security officers at visitor attractions
  • Tour guide
  • Tour operations
  • Tourist information centre assistant
  • Travel agency consultant

Further information

You will be provided with all the basic resources and materials needed for your programme. Some additional fees are required to cover the cost of trips to international destinations and activities required to participate in to gain the criteria to pass this course.

  • Individual trips –Blacklands farm, Brighton, London and a residential trip

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 August 2016
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