Travel and Tourism BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
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What will you be working towards?

Code TT_Pearson
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Despite recent setbacks, the Travel and Tourism industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. The last ten years have seen a huge increase in the amount of travel undertaken by individuals for both leisure and business purposes. Significantly, the growth of budget airlines has contributed to an expansion in the short-break market.  This has led to a growth of regional airports in the UK and across Europe and a rise in the number of new hospitality enterprises including health spas and boutique hotels. This rapid expansion has led to huge demand for a more flexibly-skilled workforce.


Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to Travel and Tourism. You will learn sspecialist work-related skills in the Travel and Tourism sector.

How will it be delivered?

Coursework and Examination

  • Investigating Travel and Tourism -This unit enables students to gain an overview of Travel and Tourism, and see how the different areas of the Travel and Tourism industry link together.

  • The Business of Travel and Tourism - The unit will enable students to make realistic recommendations to solve a business’s cash flow problems based on information provided by it. Students will also explain how organisations in different sectors gain competitive advantage and meet their aims.

  • The UK as a Destination - The UK as a destination has wide appeal to both inbound and domestic tourists. It supports a wealth of Travel and Tourism products and services and offers a multitude of career opportunities. Knowledge of the UK as a destination is crucial for success in many Travel and Tourism organisations. This unit introduces students to tourism in the UK and its customers and products.

  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism -Aspects such as appearance, problem solving and communication skills are all exceptionally important to the provision of excellent service. Students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate these skills with customers in real or simulated situations across different sectors of the industry.

  • Long haul Travel Destinations - There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of long-haul destinations in recent years. The focus of this unit is for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations. They will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour.

  • Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism -This unit will develop research and self-management skills which are invaluable in employment. The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop skills in research methodology and use these to explore the complexities of the Travel and Tourism sector and the key issues that affect it.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English (Minimum Grade 4). You do not need to have studied Travel before you undertake this course.

Your next steps...

The course is designed to provide an all-round introduction to the Travel and Tourism industry for students who wish to pursue a career in one of its many connected occupational areas. These include careers in retail travel, visitor attractions, accommodation, transport and tour operations. You do not need to have studied Travel and Tourism before you undertake this course.