Travel and Tourism

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Qualification type: 90 Credits and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

If you are hard-working, innovative and driven; looking for a career that offers unlimited opportunities both nationally and internationally then our BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma 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 in the UK have included Forbidden Corner, Beamish Museum, York, Edinburgh Zoo and Christmas markets. Students have also had the opportunity to visit overseas destinations including Disneyland Paris and New York.*

We have close working links with a number of industry organisations, including multiple and independent travel agents, and also local and national hotels, who 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 with Hays Travel and Thomas Cook; cabin crew with Jet2 and an overseas children's representative with Thomas Cook. Others have gone on to higher education and developed their knowledge further at a variety of different universities.

The BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Travel and Tourism study programme will consist of 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. You will be required to undertake a formal qualification if you have not already achieved a
GCSE in either subjects.

·         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.

The Darlington College Travel and Tourism Department have organised a number of compulsory visits for the students during 2018/ 2019. The visits will be directly linked to the curriculum and will support the students written assignments.

We are asking parents/guardians for a one off contribution of £50. This will cover travel and entrance into the attractions. Financial support may be available for those who are eligible so please contact Student Finance (01325 503037) if you feel you qualify.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 4 points or A* - C grades, which must include GCSE English or maths at 4 points or C grade and above. Alternatively you will need the Level 2 qualification in Travel and Tourism at merit grade.

We will request a school or college report and all potentially suitable applicants will be invited for interview before being offered a place.

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 unit assessments. 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:

  • The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Global Destinations
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • The UK as a Tourist Destination
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • The Airport Experience
  • Visitor Attractions

* 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. The coursework will be assessed in the form of written assignments, 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 conference and events, customer service front of house, marketing, tourism, tour leaders at Camp America, cabin crew and airport handling staff.

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

Opportunities for progression on to higher education courses include 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

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.