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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,573 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Are you a people person? Are you fascinated by the tourism industry? Do you like to experience new cultures? Travel and tourism is a rapidly changing industry that requires employees with an enthusiastic approach to people. The industry is about working hard and playing hard, with good incentives.

This is a two-year course for students who have the enthusiasm to work with people from all walks of life and possibly get the chance to travel as part of your job. Whether you would like to go straight to work within the industry or progress to higher education, this course can prepare you for both.

The course provides students with the opportunity to go on educational visits and to participate on a residential visit.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Units included in the course are:

  • Customer Service within the Travel & Tourism industry
  • The Cruise Sector
  • Long Haul Destinations
  • The appeal and Importance of UK Visitor Attractions
  • Handling Air Passengers
  • Tour Operations
  • Holiday Reps
  • Residential Study Visits
  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • European Travel Market
  • Work Experience
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Investigating Travel and Tourism
  • UK as a destination

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The course prepares you for to either work within the industry or progress to higher education. You will receive support from the college to apply to university.

How will I learn?

Through a combination of theory and practical work e.g. Customer Service

How will I be assessed?

You will be expected to complete coursework in order to gain the qualification. You will be finding out about how the Travel and Tourism industry is made up and how it functions. Most of the units are assessed internally by means of assignments, which are based on practical "hands on" tasks taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the Travel sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. All of the assignments are externally moderated by Edexcel and an overall grade of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction will be awarded upon completion of the course.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

8-10 hours of self directed study is expected for students to be successful on this course. 

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Candidates must have either 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (one of which must be English), or NVQ Level 2, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma at merit or distinction, or Intermediate GNVQ at merit or equivalent overseas qualification. All candidates will be invited for an interview and will need to bring a suitable reference from a teacher or employer.

You will be invited to the college for an interview and expected to demonstrate yourself as an enthusiastic member of the student group. You may be required to bring evidence of previous work to the interview and a reference from a teacher or employer.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)​

Mathematics level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)​

Equipment and other costs

All equipment will be provided by the College.​

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.