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Level 1 Diploma in Travel & Tourism at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This course will appeal to students who:
• have a keen interest in travel and tourism
• enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
• want the opportunity to carry out practical work outside the classroom as well as class work
• enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations
• want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation
• are interested in developing an understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and how to deal with customers effectively
• want to study a course that is active and enjoyable
• want to move onto a related career or a further education course.

The BTEC Diploma in Travel and Tourism is made up of eight units: four compulsory units and four specialist units.

Researching a tourist destination.
Planning a trip to a visitor attraction.
Displaying Travel and Tourism products and services.
Planning for a job in Travel and Tourism.
Role of the overseas resort rep.

Please note - units are subject to change.

You will have access to GCSE retakes in English and Maths, or Pathway to GCSE.

Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course. There is an additional cost of £220 to cover these trips as well as day trips, or residentials and guest speakers. This charge is to be paid at enrolment and is non-refundable. The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.

The offer on the course is subject to the successful attendance of a Welcome Event and Taster Day.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above.  It is important you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in travel and tourism, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The course is full-time and takes one year to complete.

The course will be assessed through coursework.

During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities. These may include:


Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

A BTEC Diploma is equivalent to D Grades. Students gaining a BTEC in Travel and Tourism will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges.

The BTEC Diploma in Travel and Tourism can combine well with GCSEs, Apprenticeships and industry-related qualifications. Combined with any of these qualifications it supports applications for the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

You will:
• gain a broad understanding of travel and tourism and study selected areas in more depth
• develop skills, knowledge and understanding in travel and tourism
• have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way
• follow a programme of study that enables progression to further education and employment in travel and tourism
• develop key skills which are highly valued by employers
• gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 16 January 2019
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