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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Pearson

Travel and tourism is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing industries which has created a wide range of career opportunities in a number of different sectors such as transport (airports, airlines, cruise ships), hospitality, events management to name but a few. The course will give you the opportunity to explore the different factors that are needed for organisations to achieve success and will give you an appreciation of the types and levels of work skills needed. You will research and visit some leading players from the industry; these include companies such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and the five star Royal Garden Hotel, while also looking at the vital role played by the smaller local providers. The National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is equivalent to one ‘A’ level and would provide a useful addition to your overall ‘A’ level package. The skills practised and topics studied throughout the course will help to develop your own ‘work ready’ skills as well as providing your with a pathway to Higher Education.

What can it lead to?

Over the years we have had a very high level of progression both internally (from levels 1 and 2 to Advanced Level 3) and externally to Higher Education. Indeed, most of our students go on to achieve success on travel and tourism (or related) courses at University. There are a wide range of courses which our students have gone on to study at Degree level: Airports and Airline Management, Hospitality, Events Planning, Transport Management and International Travel and Tourism Management courses have all been popular choices with our students over the past few years. Future career opportunities for successful students are good with growing prospects for candidates with the best skills, attributes and qualifications. One of the key aims of the course is the development of transferable skills that will help in both your future studies and career, so there is a strong emphasis on different methods of assessment that help enhance your skills. These include: report writing; individual and group presentations; independent research; work placement activities.

How is the course organised?

Exam board: Pearson (Edexcel)

Course title: Travel and Tourism BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one ‘A’ level). Also offered as a National Certificate (equivalent to 0.5 ‘A’ levels)

Course Content:

The National Extended Certificate consists of 4 units which are studied over two years. The mandatory units are: the world of travel and tourism; global destinations and managing customer experience. You will also have to do one optional unit from: the airport experience; specialist tourism; visitor attractions; events; work experience.

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of external exams and coursework. The two examined units are: (1) the world of travel and tourism and (2) global destinations.

The two coursework units are: Managing customer experience plus one from: the airport experience; specialist tourism; visitor attractions; events; work experience. These will be assessed using a range of methods which include: written reports, presentations, role plays and observations. The coursework will be internally assessed and externally verified by the examination board.

Your course tutors will inform you of which optional unit(s) will be taught on the course.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Entry requirements: standard college entry requirements

Planned trips:

You will be required to participate in a number of compulsory study visits to travel and tourism organisations and to key tourist areas. These are generally within the London area and can be accessed by public transport. All of the compulsory visits to organisations are free (students pay only for the transport costs). These could include the following: Royal Garden and Tower Hotels; British Airways at Heathrow Airport; Natural History Museum; London West End and South Bank. Some visits are voluntary and will require payment. These include: Virgin Atlantic Training; overseas field trip; Thorpe Park visit.  

Who are the teachers?

Mr Alwyn Morgan (HoD) Contact: amo@stcharles.ac.uk

Mr Alwyn Morgan BA(Hons) Geography (Manchester University); PGCE (University of Wales) Industry Experience: Sheraton Hotels, Cardiff Wales Airport

Mr Adam Chalcraft BA(Hons) Geography (Liverpool University); PGCE (Brunel University)

Mrs Paulina Capote BA (Hons) Business Studies; Masters Degree in Education (Madrid University); Diploma in Foreign Trade; Proficiency in Spanish Studies; QTS British Council

Mrs Sarah Karn BA (Hons) Business Studies (Chichester University); Masters PGCE in Business Studies. Industry experience: Cabin attendant with Japan Airlines and British Airways

Current areas of interest within the department: the team are investigating the development of responsible tourism in Equatorial Guinea and Sicily.

What do students say about the course?

“I thoroughly enjoyed course and the way that we were encouraged to aim for the highest grades whilst developing our independent work skills. The Travel and tourism course also gave me insight into the many job opportunities through the contacts that we made though study” Dilek (Yr 13 – aiming to study Tourism Management at University)

 “My time during the two years in the Level 3 Travel and Tourism class was very inspiring as I learnt different things every day from my teacher. They encouraged me to work independently and thankfully, I was able to achieve the highest task level, which is a distinction. This course has inspired me to take it to the next level in university. Overall, I really enjoyed my time in the Travel and Tourism lessons and wouldn't change it for anything in the world”. Stephanie Mendonca (International Travel and Tourism Management at University)