BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism


Exam board: BTEC

What is the course about?

This is a vocationally based course equivalent to 3 A levels. It prepares students for a career in the Travel and Tourism industry and entry into Higher Education/ Employment and Apprenticeships. Travel and Tourism at Leyton Sixth Form has had excellent results with many students achieving distinction grades. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods and will be able to complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and demands.  Assessment methods include giving presentations, completing research tasks, taking part in role-plays, marketing events, creating marketing materials, 2 exams and writing reports and assignments. The teaching team have a wealth of travel industry experience including working for recognised travel agents, tour operators and hotels. 

Duration of course:

2 Years.

What units/topics will be studied?

Year 1

Unit 1 – The World of Travel and Tourism

Unit 2 – Global Destinations

Unit 3 – Principles of Marketing in Travel & Tourism

Unit 4 – Managing the Customer Experience in Travel & Tourism

Unit 15 – Recruitment and selection in Travel and Tourism

Unit 16 – Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel & Tourism


Year 2

Unit 5 – Travel & Tourism Enterprises

Unit 6 – Specialist Tourism

Unit 9 – Visitor Attractions

Unit 11 – Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

Unit 13 – Work Experience in Travel and Tourism

Unit 17 – Managing Accommodation Services

Unit 18 – The UK as a Tourist Destination


What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

Follow news reports on current travel and tourism related stories in the UK and around the world, e.g. Extreme weather, impact of coronavirus crisis on tourism.

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

Study visit to British Airways. Industry job fairs and hotel visits. Study trips to tourist attractions. Two week hotel industry work placement. Summer School training followed by hotel work placement with Springboard.