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Travel and the Visitor Economy – BTEC Extended Diploma – Level 3

This course will help you to develop an in depth knowledge of the travel and tourism industry and the necessary skills for a career in this sector. The programme will also include maths and English to help you achieve you future career aspirations.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a range of units which will include six core units:

  • Investigating the travel and tourism sector
  • The business of travel and tourism
  • The UK as a destination
  • Customer service in travel and tourism
  • Retail travel operations
  • European destinations
  • Passenger transport for travel and tourism
  • Working as a holiday representative
  • Tour operations

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) including maths or English


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or above and be working towards GCSE maths and English at grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4)

Entry to all courses are subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory reference from your school or employer and evidence that you will be a committed student

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Second year Travel and the Visitor Economy – BTEC Extended Diploma – Level 3
  • Employment in the Travel industry (if aged 18+)

Career Path

  • Event Manager
  • Cabin Crew
  • Travel Agent
  • Check-in Attendant
  • Tour Guide
  • Airport Operative
  • Cruise Ship Represenative
  • Tourism Officer

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism Level 3.

Start date



1 year (with an option to complete a second year).

Where will I be based?

The Balliol Building, Hugh Baird College.

Who is the awarding body?



Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
Free Free £3,331

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:06

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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