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Travel and Tourism

Level 3 BTEC Travel and Tourism

3.1 million people are currently employed in tourism in the UK and the industry is worth £126.9bn! This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful employee within this dynamic industry.

Assessment is by a combination of submitted assignments and practical tasks that are internally assessed and then externally verified and is a two year full time course.

The course consists of a variety of modules which provide you with an overview of the different sectors of the industry, this includes:

Units of study


Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector

This unit develops knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, its component industries, their role and the interrelationships within the sector. It also develops knowledge and understanding of how the sector has developed over the last 50 years, what it is today and how it is being affected by current trends and factors.

December (Year 12)

Long Haul Travel Destinations

The focus of this unit is to gain knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations.

This will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour.

April (Year 12)

The UK as a destination

This unit develops skills in locating destinations in the United Kingdom and also gain an overview of the UK tourism product and how it attracts and meets the needs of domestic and inbound visitors. It also develops understanding of the factors that affect tourism to and within the UK. The unit supports the development of research skills through the exploration of UK tourist destinations and their locations.

July (Year 12)

The Business of Travel and Tourism

This unit develops knowledge and understanding about travel and tourism as a business and appreciate that travel and tourism organisations operate and have a role to play in a business environment.

It also explains how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to meet their aims and be successful, and will demonstrate business skills in presenting a business case for a feasible business enterprise.

December (Year 13)

Preparing for Employment in the Travel and Tourism Industry

This unit develops knowledge about career opportunities in travel and tourism, and the stages of recruitment and selection. Skills will be developed in applying for employment, and understanding of the factors that motivate employees and contribute to a positive working environment

April (Year 12)

Customer service in Travel and Tourism

This unit helps to gain understanding of how excellent customer service contributes to the success of travel and tourism organisations. Also the knowledge and skills to provide customer service and achieve sales in travel and tourism situations.

June (Year 13)

Studying this course can lead to a diverse range of jobs including:

  • Jobs in airlines and hotels,
  • Tour operators and travel agents or involving tourist attractions,
  • Conferences and events,
  • Hospitality and entertainment.

You will also develop a range transferable skills for progression into other sectors of work and/or university. These will include how to work independently, research actively and the ability to give presentations and be an active group member.

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