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Travel & Tourism Advanced (Level 3) (Course full)

This study programme will provide you with an in depth understanding of travel and tourism, raise your awareness of other sectors of the industry, and give you an insight into current opportunities within the industry. The study programme will cover many different areas of travel and tourism, such as entertainment for holidaymakers, cabin crews, marketing, holiday reps, retail travel and work experience. Throughout the study programme you will participate in a number of day trips and a residential to a UK or European destination. This will enhance your studies and allow you to put your newfound skills into action by hosting a welcome meeting, presenting to groups or even hosting an event.


My journey at Bedford College started five years ago when I studied an entry level English Language course.  I’ve now progressed through three levels of Travel & Tourism and I’d like to go even further and study at Level 4 and Level 5.   

I chose Travel & Tourism because I had always wanted to work as a member of cabin crew.  I love the idea of working on long haul flights and having the opportunity to visit different counties across the world, meeting new people from different backgrounds. In fact, I’ve already completed my cabin crew certificate, which was part of my course last year.

I’ve found the lessons very interesting and I’ve really enjoyed the course trips. We went to Edinburgh this year to analyse how the city organises its key tourist attractions.  We visited the zoo, took a city bus tour and a night walking tour.  For each attraction we had to fill out a questionnaire, take photographs and critically look at the organisation and their marketing.  For example, Edinburgh Zoo promotes itself as the only zoo in the UK to keep pandas, which helps attract visitors from England, Ireland and Wales, not just Scotland.

The College also arranged some work experience for me at the Park Inn by Radisson Bedford Hotel.  I was there for two weeks and worked on reception, behind the bar and in the restaurant.  They offered me a job at the end of the two weeks, but I’ve decided to focus on my higher education studies instead.

Dominika - Travel & Tourism Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need four GCSEs at grade A-C (including English), or a Travel & Tourism First Diploma. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview. You should also have an enthusiasm for the industry and some basic knowledge of travel and tourism organisations.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Tourism in the UK
    • Arranging Business Travel
    • Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations
    • Promotions and Sales in Travel & Tourism
    • Principles of Marketing for Travel & Tourism
    • Work Placement in Travel & Tourism
    • Ancillary Sales and Services
    • Package Holidays
    • Conference and Events
    • Development of Tour Operators Products and Services
    • Developing an Entertainment Programme in Travel & Tourism
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will also have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to either a UK or European destination, and participate in day trips. Previous visits have included Disneyland Paris, Liverpool, Bath, Southend, Bristol, Brighton, Amsterdam and many others.
    • You will also study additional specialist qualifications to enhance your career opportunities, such as NCFE Awards for Resort Representatives.

Assessment methods

Teaching will mainly be conducted through classroom-based sessions, with additional online help, tutorials and self-study. The units will be assessed through a variety of methods: this may include practical work through welcome meetings, coach transfers, presentations and role plays, and written assessment through reports brochures and essays. Assessment may also take place on the residential and day trips. There may be external examinations through functional skills or GCSE Maths & English.


Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 Diploma

  • Cabin Crew (Diploma route)
  • Resort Representatives (Diploma route)
  • Event Management (Diploma route)
  • Aviation Operations on the Ground (Diploma route)


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to our Travel & Tourism BTEC HNC/HND, or use the UCAS points obtained on this study programme to gain entry to university.

Additional information

At this level you will be expected to carry out additional study outside College and manage your time effectively to meet deadlines. You will be required to provide your own pens, paper and folders, and wear a uniform one day a week minimum in line with industry standards. ID badges must also be worn at all times. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. For example, you may be required to purchase specialist uniforms at £20, equipment or books. For this study programme, there is a £430 additional cost for trip fees.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 12/09/2016 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street H653

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