BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults (Part-time)

Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism (QCF) - 1st Year

BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

Details

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

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.

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

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

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Travel, Tourism

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

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

None

English level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

Mathematics level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

Support

Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2015 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College

Eligibility

To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance( ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided your parents are not claiming Working tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMR&C
  • Working tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Evidence
  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £16,190 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2014-15
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • Documentation from local authority of their entitlement to free school meals in 2015-2016.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

Applications for Free meals in F.E.

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.

Exceptional age group for Free Meals in F.E.

Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Getting your meal at College

Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.

Students will be allocated £2.41 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.

Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.

Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2015. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2015 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

Part Funded Courses

You may be eligible for a concession if:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying at the level of your chosen course for the first time. This applies to Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. Where appropriate, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). In such circumstances, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit. In such circumstances, you will not be required to pay any fees apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS), you may be eligible for concessionary fees.

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 24 or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. This is available to eligible students starting a course after 1st August 2013. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS).

Childcare

Are you aged 20 or over? Is the cost of childcare preventing you from studying? The College has a limited childcare fund to support parents who want to study but need help towards the cost of childcare.

The fund is small, you cannot presume that you will get help with childcare costs, even if you meet the eligibility criteria. It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available to help with your childcare costs.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility criteria.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Skills Funding Agency or in receipt of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling
  • Studying for a minimum of 10 hours a week *

Financial Eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid

Your childcare provision:

  • arrangements will be made with students on an individual basis.
  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • student on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • nursery places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.
  • funding for childcare is time-limited

Speak to a Student Advisor as soon as possible to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST do this before you enrol on a course

For more information email studentadvice@cwc.ac.uk.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependant of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

In order to qualify for assistance from the 16-19 Bursary Fund you must fulfil all the following criteria.

General eligibility

You must be:

  • Under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015. A student who turns 19 after the 31st August, can continue to receive bursary for the rest of the academic year, or until their course ends.
  • A home student for fee assessment purposes
  • On a course/programme of study that is subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality (e.g. Ofsted) and
  • The provision must be:
    • Funded by the EFA or via a local authority
    • Funded or co-financed by the European Social Fund or publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to level 3) that is accredited by Ofqual or is pursuant to Section 98 of the Leaning and Skills Act 2000

When allocating resources, the College may consider other exceptional circumstances e.g. Young carers, young people who having caring responsibilities but are not in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

Financial eligibility (your personal or family circumstances)

You must meet the following economically disadvantaged criteria:

Be a dependent of someone who is:

  • on a low income e.g. on Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance
  • or employment Support Allowance
  • or whose parent(s)/carer(s) have an income not exceeding £23,000 per annum

In addition the college will have a contingency fund to support learners who are at risk of withdrawal as a result of financial difficulties with or without the above income evidence. E.g. young learners living independently and working to support themselves financially who are unable to access DWP benefits.

Young carers will be supported to make applications for bursary funding.

Assessment of eligibility

  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £23,000 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2014-15 or a P45 in exceptional circumstances.
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • Documentation from local authority of their entitlement to free school meals in 2015-2016.

Payments

  • The amount of money paid will be dependent on the number of eligible applications received.
  • The first payment will be made in mid-October.
  • Subsequent payments will be made fortnightly.
  • The payments will be based on a minimum of 88% attendance each week.
  • Payments will be paid into your ( i.e. the student’s) bank account.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds (In Care/Care Leavers or living independently and claiming benefits)

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015 and are:

  • In Care
  • Care leavers
  • Living independently and in receipt of benefits in their own names

Eligible students can receive up to £1,200 over the course of the academic year if you are a full time student, on a yearlong course and have a minimum of 88% attendance each week.

The bursary is paid every 2 weeks, but you will only get money for each week that you have reached a minimum of 88% attendance.

You must apply for this funding after you have completed your enrolment.

Your Social Worker or Care manager will have to confirm you are in the care of the Local authority. This can be done by letter or email. The email has to come from a Local Authority email account.

If you are living independently (in a hostel or other rented accommodation) you will have to bring evidence of your benefits.

The Student Advisors and Careers Team will offer additional help, advice and guidance to support you to stay on course and fulfil your education and employment aspirations.