Travel & Tourism BTEC

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world with currently 9.6% of total employment being within the industry, by 2027 this is expected to rise to 11.1%. These figures highlight the depth and the importance of the Tourism industry not only in the UK, but on a world scale.

Subject Leader: Ms. L. Williams

Subject Leader: Ms. L. Williams

The Travel and Tourism Department offers the National Extended Certificate qualification equivalent to one A level.  The content of the course includes how the travel and tourism industry is growing in the UK and its major importance to the economy, the appeal of global destinations and their importance and marketing and customer service within the industry. Assessment allows learners to build on their skills needed for Higher Education and includes written examinations, controlled assessments (in which a pre-release material is studied in advance) as well as internal assignments.

Course offered: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Length of course: 2 years

Specification: Edexcel

Core units for this course include:

  • Unit 1: The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 2: Global Destinations
  • Unit 3: Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 9: Visitor Attractions


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level.  It is designed for learners who are interested in gaining an introduction into the travel and tourism sector, with a view to progressing to a range of higher education courses, not necessarily in tourism.

Learners will gain knowledge in the different types of destinations that are around the world and the range of features that add appeal to global destinations. They will develop the skills needed to be able to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK. They will learn about different marketing methods and the interrelationship between marketing and customer service within the tourism industry.  Learners will explore how to develop a successful marketing plan for use by a selected travel and tourism organisation to attract and engage with customers. The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and enable them to progress to a variety of degrees and potential career pathways within the travel and tourism industry.


Possible Careers:

  • Cabin Crew
  • Travel Agent
  • Destination representative
  • Hotel Management
  • Tourism Officer
  • Tour Management
  • Events Management 

Further Reading:

Pearson BTEC National Travel and Tourism Student book, (2016), Gillian Dale, Pearson Educational Press.



Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities:

Attendance to Universities open days

Trips to local visitor attractions and industry related businesses.

Travel & Tourism Leaflet