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Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This qualification is ideal for anyone interested in entering the travel industry or learning more about tourism. The course combines theory with practical activities and provides learners with ‘real life’ industry recognised experience. Over the two years, learners will gain an understanding of a wide variety of travel and tourism topics including retail and tour operations, worldwide travel destinations, events management aviation and airline cabin crew plus how to gain a career overseas. Throughout the course learners will develop essential knowledge and practical work-related skills by working with local and national travel companies and also gain additional qualifications in airline cabin crew.


Course content

Learners will be timetabled for three days per week with two independent study days which will support research and investigation.

Trips will be arranged during the year to support curriculum delivery and there will be an opportunity for a European residential visit in the second year of the course.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. Applicants will need either a minimum of five GCSE’s Grade C or above, including maths and English at Grade C (4) or a relevant Level 2 qualification. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated and manage their own time. Learners will need to have a mature and responsible outlook, as they will be required to work with a high degree of independence much of the course.



The College offers a wide menu of Level 3 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, learners will have the opportunity to take either Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Level 3 (90 credit) Diploma in Travel and Tourism or Edexcel Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism.


Future opportunities

Many learners progress onto Higher Education courses such as Tourism/Event Management and Airport and Airline Services. Alternatively learners can progress directly into employment and develop careers in the travel industry in areas such as overseas holiday representatives, travel agents, tour operators, event management and marketing plus airline cabin crew.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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