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Course overview

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Diploma in Travel & Tourism with Events is a 180 credit qualification which is equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels and provides learners with the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Tourism and Events industry. This industry is one of the most important contributors to the UK economy and an exciting industry to work in. Learners are provided with the theoretical concepts used in the industry and the practical knowledge needed to gain a wide ranging experience of the industry. The course is designed for learners who wish to either enter employment in the Tourism, Events or Hospitality industry or Higher Education.

To complete the extended diploma you will attend college full-time for two years (there is an option to study a 90 credit one year diploma if preferred). Your timetable will include independent study time to enable you to consolidate the work carried out in lectures. All Level 3 Extended Diplomas are work-related qualifications designed to offer you a choice of routes into Higher Education and employment. Whilst on the course you will study a combination of Core and Optional units, the core unit content is fundamental to the success of tourism and event organisations, while the optional units are varied and will equip learners with a broad and diverse experience.

Units include:
1. The World of Travel & Tourism
2. Global Destinations
3. Managing the Customer Experience
4. Travel and Tourism Enterprises
5. Researching Current Issues in Travel & Tourism
6. The UK as a Tourist Destination
7. Business Operations in Travel & Tourism
8. The Airport Experience
9. Recruitment and Selection in Travel & Tourism
12. Sustainable Tourism
16. Working Overseas
18. Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
19. Work Experience in Travel & Tourism

As part of your study programme you will also study maths and/or English to support/improve your skills in these vital subjects. If you do not have GCSE grade C (4) in maths and/or English you will attend weekly taught sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments and is essential for future progression and employment, as all tourism and events management organisations require you to have a minimum C (4) grade in these subjects.

What else do I need to know?

There will be additional enrichment activities which will support your learning e.g. the Thomas Cook Cabin Crew training programme.

What are the entry requirements?

You will require one of the following entry qualifications:

• A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and/or English at grade 4.
• BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism at a Merit or above standard.

If you do not have these qualifications and are keen to join the course, we will be happy to consider and advise you individually. If progressing from a Level 2 vocational qualification, we would ideally expect you to have achieved a Level 2 English or Maths qualification or be able to demonstrate competence at this level.

How is it assessed?

You are continuously assessed throughout the course. For each unit national standards are laid down, in which you have to show you are competent. Your tutors ensure that you are given opportunities to do this through projects, assignments, case studies and problem-solving situations.

You are required to sit one external exam, and complete two timed tasks that are externally assessed by the exam board. As such it is vital that no holidays are taken throughout term time in May / June.

The course is about the practical development of business knowledge and skills. You learn, and are assessed, by doing. To help you there is a course team of friendly, approachable tutors committed to your success who will encourage you to use the College’s extensive resources including computer facilities, library, private study area and careers and counselling service.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

The course gives you the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in one of many areas within the Tourism & Events industry such as travel agency work, business travel, holiday reps, tour guides, events management, and working for the local council or tourist boards. It also qualifies you to progress to Higher Education at Higher National Diploma/Certificate or Degree Level.

How do I find out more?

For further information please contact Kerry Zdrodowski, Curriculum Leader in Travel and Tourism on 01782 254184, email kerry.zdrodowski@nscg.ac.uk or the College Information Centre on 01782 254254.

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