• Minimum of five GCSE grades 9-4 (or A*-C) including either English or Maths


  • Level 2 Vocational Programme at Merit or above (e.g. BTEC/NVQ/OCR National) PLUS three GCSEs 9-4 (or A*-C) including either English or Maths

Course Details

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism is ideal for students seeking employment in the tourism industry such as cabin crew, travel agencies and tour operators. Many students progress to university in order to study at a higher level. Students learn about the role of different types of employment in the tourist industry including airline cabin crew, personal presentation standards, customer care and team working.

Overview of Topics on the Course

18 units are studied over the two years. All units are coursework units and are listed below:


  • Investigate Travel and Tourism
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • The UK as a Destination
  • Customer Service
  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • European Destinations
  • Retail Travel Operations

Method of assessment

You will be assessed a blend of coursework and exam components. Each unit you study is graded Distinction, Merit or Pass. At the end of the course, the grades for the units are added together to make up the final grade. We expect all students to set targets to ensure the highest grade possible.

  • Business Travel Operations
  • Specialist Tourism


  • Responsible Tourism
  • Marketing Travel and Tourism
  • Tour Operations
  • Passenger Transport
  • Investigating the Cruise Industry
  • Working as a Holiday Representative
  • Tourism in Rural Areas
  • UK Visitor Attractions
  • Long Haul Destinations
  • Entertainment for Holiday Makers


You will develop personal, learning and thinking skills. You will learn to work both independently and as part of a team through group work activities, role-plays and presentations. You will improve communication skills and research skills.



Students typically progress to university and then on to careers in the travel and tourism industry. Some students decide to progress directly employment. Possible careers include airline cabin crew, overseas representative, cruise ship, hotel industry, tour operator and travel agent.

Trips, Excursions and Residentials

You will experience a variety of trips including local, national and International destinations. Residentials have included: Majorca, Madrid & Barcelona. Visits have included: Chester Zoo, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Castleton Caves, Chester, Lake District, Manchester Airport and Liverpool.

Travel and Tourism

How long is the course for?

The course is over two years.

Is the course full time?

Yes, the course is full time, students are in every day of the week.

How many units are there?

There are 13 units to complete the course.

Is the course all coursework?

There are 11 units that are assessed by completing coursework and
two tested units.

When are the externally examined units taken?

The externally assessed 2 units are sat in January and May.

Do you go on visits?

Visits would normally take place to help you to complete
coursework, including Chester Zoo and the Maritime Museum.

Do you go on an overseas vists?

Yes, normally an overseas visit takes place in the second year of the
course to a country in Europe.