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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Travel and Tourism

Examination Board: Edexcel 

Specification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Why study Travel & Tourism?

Are you a people person? Are you fascinated by the tourism industry? Do you like to experience new cultures?

Travel and tourism is a rapidly changing industry that requires employees with an enthusiastic approach to people. The industry is about working hard and playing hard, with good incentives.

This is a two-year course for students who have the enthusiasm to work with people from all walks of life and possibly get the chance to travel as part of your job. Whether you would like to go straight to work within the industry or progress to higher education, this course can prepare you for both.

What will I learn about?

  • The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Global Destinations
  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

Travel & Tourism


How is it taught?

There is no requirement to have taken Travel and Tourism at GCSE level. The course is delivered by industry specialists through a variety of teaching methods including presentations, talks and interactive workshops.

This course has strong industry links with organisations such as the National Trust, Tayto, Oasis Travel and individuals such as Cabin Crew and Pilots providing first hand expertise to students throughout the term.

The course provides students with the opportunity to participate in educational study visits both on and off site.

How will I be assessed?

  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Study visits
  • Examinations

You will be finding out about how the Travel and Tourism industry is made up and how it functions. Some of the units are assessed internally by means of assignments, which are based on practical tasks taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the Travel sector.

This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills.

All assessments are externally moderated by Edexcel and an overall grade of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction star will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Pathways to future careers/courses The course is designed to develop advanced Travel and Tourism skills and knowledge, which are desirable to employers and could enhance career opportunities.

It is a subject that fits in well with other A Level subjects in particular it would benefit subjects such as Business Studies and Hospitality as a career path.

You can progress to Higher Education course or employment

The course prepares you for to either work within the industry or progress to higher education. You will receive support from the college to apply to university

Entry requirements

5 A*- C

GCSE Math and English grade C or above preferable