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Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at City of Westminster College

Course description

Are you a people person? Are you fascinated by the tourism industry? Do you like to experience new cultures? Travel and tourism is a rapidly changing industry that requires employees with an enthusiastic approach to people. The industry is about working hard and playing hard, with good incentives.

This is a two-year course for students who have the enthusiasm to work with people from all walks of life and possibly get the chance to travel as part of your job. Whether you would like to go straight to work within the industry or progress to higher education, this course can prepare you for both.

The course provides students with the opportunity to go on educational visits and to participate on a residential visit.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Units included in the course are:

  • Customer Service within the Travel & Tourism industry
  • The Cruise Sector
  • Long Haul Destinations
  • The appeal and Importance of UK Visitor Attractions
  • Handling Air Passengers
  • Tour Operations
  • Holiday Reps
  • Residential Study Visits
  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • European Travel Market
  • Work Experience
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Investigating Travel and Tourism
  • UK as a destination

Entry requirements

Candidates must have either 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (one of which must be English), or NVQ Level 2, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma at merit or distinction, or Intermediate GNVQ at merit or equivalent overseas qualification. All candidates will be invited for an interview and will need to bring a suitable reference from a teacher or employer.

You will be invited to the college for an interview and expected to demonstrate yourself as an enthusiastic member of the student group. You may be required to bring evidence of previous work to the interview and a reference from a teacher or employer.


You will be expected to complete coursework in order to gain the qualification. You will be finding out about how the Travel and Tourism industry is made up and how it functions. Most of the units are assessed internally by means of assignments, which are based on practical "hands on" tasks taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the Travel sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. All of the assignments are externally moderated by Edexcel and an overall grade of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Future opportunities

The course prepares you for to either work within the industry or progress to higher education. You will receive support from the college to apply to university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 29 February 2016
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