Travel and Tourism

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson/Edexcel
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

If you are hard-working, innovative and driven and looking for a career that offers unlimited opportunities both nationally and internationally then our Btec Level 3 in Travel and Tourism could be just what you are looking for.

This industry recognised study programme will develop your critical thinking and research skills.  It also allows unique chances to travel to places within the UK and Europe as part of the course to gain real life experience. Previous trips have been in the UK and included Forbidden Corner, Beamish, Flamingo Land and York Christmas Market.

We have close working links with a number of industry organisations, including multiple and independent travel agents. For instance,  Premier Inn and Durham Tees Valley Airport allow our students to train with them to gain valuable work experience and employability skills.

Previous students who have studied this course have gone on to take job roles as camp counselors at Camp America in North Carolina, become travel agents and arranged travel for local businesses. Others have gone on to develop their knowledge further at a variety of different universities.

The Level 3 Travel and Tourism study programme will consist of 5 key elements which you will need to complete:

·         Main Qualification – as above

·         Individual and group tutorial sessions

·         Industry related work placement

·         Development of English and Mathematics.

·         Development of enterprise and employability skills

Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy the college reserves the right to make changes to study programmes where appropriate.  The college reserves the right to not run this programme if insufficient students enrol.
*You will be required to participate in trips and visits which may incur costs. You be notified of any trips and visits in a timely manner.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths or English or an appropriate level 2 qualification (at a merit if grade).
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

In order to apply for the Extended Diploma  you must have achieved the Foundation Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the formal unit assessments.  These assessments make up 41% of the foundation diploma and 42% of the Extended Diploma. Student trips will be arranged on a regular basis to experience various Travel and Tourism attractions and work placement agreed.

The provisional units planned are:

  • Global Destinations
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • The Airport Experience
  • Marketing and Travel and Tourism
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Working Overseas
  • Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
  • Work Experience in Travel and Tourism.

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this time. We do endeavour to keep our units as accurate as possible. You will be provided with a finalised full course overview at Connecting to College.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework in the form of written assignments and practical assessments including role-plays and oral presentations.

What next

This course provides opportunities for employment in the Travel and Tourism industry. Examples of job roles include; Travel Agent, Hotel Customer Service Front of House, Marketing, Cabin Crew and Airport handling staff.

After a period of working and gaining experience within the sector, positions available could include; Social Media, Managerial role or even running your own business.

Opportunities for progression on to higher education courses such as a Foundation degree in Tourism Management upon completion of this course

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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