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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Full-Time City Campus Full-time Vocational Apply

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for people with a desire to work within the vibrant and ever-changing travel and tourism sector and the many diverse careers it can offer.

Over the course of the two years, you will participate in variety of external overseas visits, gain valuable work experience, and improve both your academic and social skills, as well as developing a knowledge and understanding of the sector. There are classroom-based lessons, alongside lessons conducted at visitor attractions and during educational visits.

The travel industry is constantly evolving. It is predicted thaty approximately 3.7 million people in the UK will be employed within the sector over the next 5-10 years, with opportunities in a range of careers.

This course will introduce you the sector and you will gain work experience and develop your skills.

You will need 4 GCSE's at grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. Or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire There is a contribution required for trips, visits and uniform at the start of each academic year. The visits are a mandatory part of the course and the students complete activities to use in their coursework, as well as learning essential skills for the industry. The current contribution is £150. This is subject to change. Eligible students may qualify for a bursary payment contribution to help with costs.

This two year programme is assessed through online tests, time constrained assessments and coursework, which will involve practical assessments, presentations, or theory based research.

You will study various units, including worldwide travel and tourism destinations, special interest holidays, and independent travel, as well as planning and delivering guided tours.

You will require a grade 4 in English Language to enrol on this course.

You will complete a work placement in both years, which will give you an insight into working within the industry. This will be subject to availability.

We work very closely with both Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports.

We also work with a range of organisations across the industry, including:

- Jet2
- Dawson & Sanderson
- Hays Travel
- Hilton Hotels
- The Holiday Inn
- George Washington Hotel
- Beamish Museum
- Ramside Hotel
- Seaham Hall
- 1719

You will be expected to undertake independent study time outside of classes to complete homework, revision and assignments.

The course is delivered on a set timetable, Monday-Friday between the hours of 09.00 - 17.00 usually. A full timetable will be provided at the beginning of the course.

You will study 8 units as part of this course.

6 of these are mandatory and internally assessed, and 2 of these are externally assessed exams.

The 8 units include:

- The World of Travel and Tourism
- Global Destinations
- Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
- Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
- Travel and Tourism Enterprises
- Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism
- Visitor Attractions
- Working Overseas

Pearson BTEC

What’s next?

On successful completion of the course you could progress to our higher education programme – HND in International Travel and Tourism Management or move on to a university degree programme. Alternatively you could go directly into employment within the travel and tourism industry.

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