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BTEC National Extended Diploma, Level 3

Travel & Tourism

(Launching in 2023)

This is a work-related course where you learn through a combination of practical activities, report writing and projects based on realistic Travel and Tourism scenarios. We also work alongside a range of tourism partners and learning is enhanced through visits and a guest speaker programme. These include Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Flamingo Land, Visit York etc

Students are also required to undertake periods of work experience in both the first and second years of the course. Work experience has been previously carried out with a wide range of employers including airports, hotels, hospitality providers, attractions and tourism partners.

This vocationally-based programme is ideal for anyone who is interested in a career in the fast growing and exciting world of Travel and Tourism.

You will cover a number of areas, including:


  • Unit 1 The World of Travel and Tourism (externally assessed)
  • Unit 2 Global Destinations (externally assessed)
  • Unit 4 Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 6 Specialist Tourism
  • Unit 9 Visitor attractions
  • Unit 11 Events, Conferences and Exhibitions


  • Unit 5 Travel & Tourism Enterprises
  • Unit 13 Work Experience
  • Unit 14 The Cruise Industry
  • Unit 16 Researching Current Travel & Tourism Trends and key issues
  • Unit 17 Managing Accommodation services
  • Unit 18 The UK as a Tourist Destination

After successful completion of the course, many students progress on to careers within the travel industry. Other students may progress onto the BA (Hons) Degree in Leadership and Management which is validated by the University of Hull at Selby College or progress on to other travel related degrees.

Potential Careers

  • Air Cabin Crew
  • Travel Agent
  • Tour Operator
  • Hotel Manager
  • Cruise Industry
  • Events Management etc

Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least three GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Assessment: 85% coursework, 15% external assessment

Presentations and discussions form an integral part of the assessment process.

Where can it lead?