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Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College

Course description

This advanced level course covers all aspects of the travel and tourism industry, and is designed for people keen to progress directly into employment in the industry or to higher education. The course includes topics such as investigating the travel and tourism industry; UK and overseas destinations; customer service in travel and tourism; the business of travel and tourism; holiday representatives and handling air passengers, amongst others. 

You will further develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help you to complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment. Initially in year one you will study for a Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma which they will complete in year two of the course.

Course content

A range of units relating to specialist areas of the industry are undertaken: Passenger transport issues, special interest tourism, hospitality operations in travel and tourism, residential study visit, sustainable tourism, and preparing for employment in the travel and tourism industry. Study visits to destinations are included in both years of the course as well as day visits to local visitor attractions, exhibitions and other venues.

You benefit from workshop facilities in an IT suite with computers that enable you to complete your course assessments. There are also open access computer resources in the library.
You will have access to trade journals, periodicals, travel guides, atlases and textbooks, computers, libraries and study visits. Teaching staff have wide experience of working within the travel and tourism industries, both in the UK and overseas. Many students progress onto Foundation Degrees or degree courses.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A*-C including English Language, BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above, with Functional Skills in English and ideally maths at Level 2.


Future opportunities

Successful completion can lead to a relevant degree or Foundation Degree, or employment in the UK and overseas in retail and business travel, tour operations, attractions and airlines/airports.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.