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    Travel and Tourism

    Travel and Tourism | Level 3 | P10063

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    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1-2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This qualification has been designed to meet the needs of those who have an ambition to embark on a career within the vast area of travel. Whether your aim is to work in a holiday resort for a tour operator, in a tourist attraction, on board a cruise ship or be part of a conference and events team, this programme of study will allow you to develop and practice the professional skills required for employment and career progression within the customer facing travel and tourism sector. You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to enable you to become a valuable employee of the travel and tourism industry.

      There are excellent industrial placement opportunities available where you will be expected to attend placement for one day per week. Our placement officers will be on hand to support and help in securing a placement which is suitable for you and your career aspirations.

      Some examples of current industrial placement opportunities include The Adventure Farm, Moira Furnace, SnowDome, Champney’s, Newton Park Hotel, Forest Holidays and The Hilton at St. George’s Park.

      Enrichment will include a range of guest speakers, including previous students who studied travel and tourism at BSDC, and they will share their experiences and the reality of working in this upbeat and diverse industry.

      BSDC's travel and tourism lecturers have a vast amount of industry experience varying from airport, business travel and hotel experience. The experiences and skills experienced are shared with the learners to give the best possible learning experience.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including either English or maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths
      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths

    • What modules will I study?

      Year one units:

      Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations

      Development of Tour Operators' Products and Services

      Overseas Representatives

      Conferences and Events

      Package Holidays

      Work Placement in Travel and Tourism

      Investigating the Cruise Industry

      Year two units:

      Worldwide Passenger Airlines

      Tour Guiding

      Cruise Industry

      Marketing in Travel and Tourism

      Specialist Tourism

      Responsible Tourism

      Resort Representative

      Cabin Crew

    • How will I be assessed?

      Assessment will be carried out by continually with assignment-based tasks including practical aspects as well units which will be exam based.

      A variety of assessment methods will be used within the programme to enhance your teambuilding and professional skills including presentations, discussions, role plays and written tasks.  The skills practiced are of great importance to any job within the industry and will allow your confidence to be developed, which will shine through during an interview.

    • What can I do next?

      After successfully completing year one of this qualification, you will have a sound knowledge of the industry and will be prepared to progress onto year two of the programme.

      Following completion of this course, you may wish to go to university or into employment. Potential career opportunities could be:

      Holiday Representative

      Tour Guide

      Tourist Information Centre Assistant

      Travel Agent 

      Hotel Receptionist

      Customer Service Agent

    • Industry Placement

      An industry placement is designed to give you a valuable opportunity to put your learning into practice, develop your technical skills and become job ready. As part of your programme, you will spend a minimum of 45 days with an external employer in a role directly relevant to your course. It’s a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. You’ll develop your technical skills, as well as your employability “soft skills” such as communicating, adapting to change, teamwork and problem solving. It’s a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, build confidence, gain industry contacts and help you decide your future steps. It may even lead to a job or apprenticeship opportunity at the end of the industry placement and upon completion of your course. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. For more information on Industry Placements, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494805 or email

    Apply now!
    Emma Deighton, Level 3 Travel & Tourism

    "Studying at BSDC gave me the skills and interview techniques I needed to get a job in the travel industry. I am now working as cabin crew for Ryanair and I love it because every day is different. It takes a lot of hard training to get there but it’s definitely worth it."

    Emma Deighton, Level 3 Travel & Tourism
    Georgia Musk, Level 3 Travel & Tourism, Cabin Crew

    “The course has already helped me get into the travel industry. I now work part time as a Passenger Services Agent for Jet2.”

    Georgia Musk, Level 3 Travel & Tourism, Cabin Crew

    More information on Travel and Tourism

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    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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