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BTEC Travel & Tourism

BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism (Single and Double awards)

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Travel and Tourism single award (1 A-Level)

Travel and Tourism Double award (2 A-Level)



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Are you . . .

  • Wanting to study for a travel and tourism related degree at university?
  • Wanting to find out more about the world we live in?
  • Interested in travelling?
  • Someone who already works in this industry?
  • An independent thinker with lots of ideas and opinions?
  • A problem solver?
  • Wanting to be assessed in something other than exams?
  • Looking for something new to study?
  • Thinking of a career in travel or tourism on a local, national or international scale?
  • If so, BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism is for you.


What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English & Maths.


What will I learn on this course?

You will study a wide variety of topics including: domestic and foreign travel arrangements, transportation methods, popular tourist destinations in the UK and abroad, the economy, customer service, communication methods, sustainability and many others.  


For the single award, the four units you study over the two years are;

  1. The World of Travel and Tourism (external assessment)
  2. Global Destinations (external assessment)
  3. Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  4. Visitor Attractions


For the double award, the additional four units (as well as the four above) you study over the two years are;


  1. Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
  2. Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  3. Work Experience in Travel and Tourism
  4. Researching Current Travel and Tourism Trends


What are the benefits?

  • Two (or four on the double award) units are completed in each year which means less pressure at the end of Year 13 so may suit you if remembering two years’ worth of content is a challenge.
  • The single award is an A Level equivalent; the double is two A Level equivalents. Both attract UCAS points and are recognised by a variety of Higher Education institutions (see website for listings).
  • The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest and growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £126 billion, and the sector employs around 3.1 million people. Minehead is heavily reliant on the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industries, this course could open up a lot of opportunities for your future.
  • Complements a variety of other Level 3 courses such as Geography and Business
  • The development of transferable skills which are relevant to the world we live in – problem-solving, creative thinking, research, evaluation, communication, personal development and decision-making, all of which are highly regarded by universities and employers. 

How will I be assessed?

The new BTEC qualifications use a combination of assessment styles to enable you to showcase your skills, knowledge and application. There are three types of assignments

  1. Assignment briefs – set and marked by the school, then verified by Pearson.
  2. Research tasks – set by Pearson two weeks before the assessment window.
  3. Written exams – set and marked by Pearson.


 The final grading for the units and overall qualification will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.


Where can BTEC Travel and Tourism take me?

The course is an excellent base for a university degree, especially degrees in Travel and Tourism management, human resources, business management, Geography and Sociology.  A variety of Travel and Tourism degrees can be combined with other disciplines or units in this field can be taken as elective options. 

A range of career possibilities including sales, law, central or local government, business consultancy, tour operators and hospitality management. Travel and Tourism is the fifth largest industry in the UK and a very popular vocation, not just in our local area but is also in high demand worldwide. 


For more information on BTEC Travel and Tourism go to this website


Who can I contact for further information?