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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study Travel and Tourism?


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. Throughout the course you will develop and build the skills, contacts and knowledge that will help you to progress your career in travel and tourism.

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

Course title: Travel and Tourism BTEC L3 National Dip

Course Content: The course is equivalent in size to two

A Levels. It has 8 units of which 2 are externally assessed.

  • 1: The World of Travel and Tourism
  • 2: Global Destinations
  • There are 6 units which will be assessed and externally verified by the exam board.
  • 3: Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • 4: Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • 5: Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • 9: Visitor Attractions
  • 13: Work Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • 16: Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism

How is the course assessed?

You will be asked to provide a range of assessment evidence which will include reports, presentations, role plays and tests. Your tutor will give you guidance as to how the work should be completed and encourage you to attain the highest grades. Regular and informative feedback will be given on your classwork progress which will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete the formal assessment.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

The General entry requirements are five GCSEs grades 9-4 for an Advanced Vocational programme, including English Language, and a grade 4 or MM and above in Extended Certificate Level 2 in the subject.

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.

Who are the teachers?

Mr Alwyn Morgan (HoD) Contact:

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

Current areas of interest within the department: The team have been actively investigating the development of responsible tourism in a variety of UK & European destinations such as Lanzarote, Valencia ,Sicily as well as Bankside (London) and Brighton in the UK .

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."

"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."

What Else Should I Know About?

You will be using many different sources of information during the course. The following are particular useful when looking at developing your knowledge and skills throughout the course: