Travel and Tourism Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / Diploma

Do you have a keen interest in travel and tourism… both worldwide and in the UK?

Does the idea of a career working with different types of demanding customers every day appeal to you?

Have you already achieved 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English) or are working towards Grade 5 or above this year?

  • Course Level
    Level 3
  • Duration
    1 year full-time, with optional second year top up to Full Diploma
  • Awarding Body
    Edexcel Pearson
  • Qualification
    Subsidiary Diploma
  • Department
    Department of Service Industries
  • Course Fee
    Click here for fee information

This one year programme (with an optional second year ‘top up’ to the 120-credit Diploma) is a high quality, industry recognised course for students wishing to gain detailed knowledge, skills and experience in a variety of areas of the travel and tourism industry. It will create a sound background to either working in travel and tourism or progressing on to Higher Education. It will develop your critical thinking and research skills and is ideal for self-motivated and driven people capable of studying independently to achieve clearly set objectives.

The initial BTEC 90-credit Diploma is the equivalent of three AS Levels and consists of 9 units of study. In the first year, you will study units such as:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry
  • UK as a Tourism Destination
  • European Leisure Destinations
  • Long Haul Travel Destinations
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Preparation for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • Passenger Transport for Travel and Tourism

Progression to Year 2 to the Extended Diploma involves further 9-10 units in Year 2, specialising in particular aspects of the industry, for example:

  • Holiday Representatives
  • Cruise Operations
  • Tour Operations
  • UK Visitor Attractions
  • Retail Travel Operations
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Events Conferences and Exhibitions

Alongside this course to you may study additional units in Aviation Operations and Spanish to support and enhance your studies and employability. A substantial element of the programme is independent study and you should therefore already be capable of motivating yourself to set and achieve personal study targets without the input of a tutor or teacher.

A minimum of 95% attendance is expected throughout the course, meeting assessment hand in dates and having passed a progression interview (progression is not automatic to year 2


To support your studies, and expand your knowledge and experience of the industry, you will participate in a number of educational study trips such as visits to overseas destinations (e.g. Paris, New York, Dubai), as well as UK destinations, theme parks and trade shows. These trips are optional but greatly encouraged and students should be prepared for a financial outlay in respect of this.

Regular extra-curricular hosting duties at College events such as open evenings and Graduation ceremonies will enhance your presentation and customer-facing skills.

You will also study the skills required to Prepare for Employment and may undertake a Work Placement to give you valuable experience in the industry, a good reference – and boost your CV and interview prospects.

You will improve your chances of gaining employment in the travel and tourism industry such as travel agencies, tour operators, visitor attractions, overseas work such as resort representatives whilst improving your communication and vocational skills.

To prepare you for a career in Travel and Tourism, we set high standards in personal appearance and behaviour for our students: you will be expected to adhere to a strict dress code both in class and around College, be ready and prepared for lessons and conduct yourself in a professional manner.

What next?

You can progress onto higher education – you will be expected to achieve high grades throughout your course to give you the edge over other university applicants. Popular progression routes are BA (Hons) International Tourism Management , BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management , as well as related degrees in Events Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Other popular progression routes include straight into employment – in overseas resorts, in UK based tour operators and travel agencies and in groundside aviation operations – or into a Higher-Apprenticeship or onto the Concorde hospitality management development programme.

Applying For This Course

  • A minimum 4 GCSE grades 5 – 9 including English and maths
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in maths and English. You must also attend an interview and industry-standard selection event.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below:

Jenny Tasker
01302 553649

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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