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BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Successful students could then also seek employment in a variety of sectors related to hospitality, travel and tourism or progress to a Level 3 qualification.

Overview of the course: 

This course consists of a combination of theoretical and practical lessons that provide an in-depth study of the travel and tourism sector. A number of educational visits will be arranged to assist you in completing your coursework, as well as allowing you to experience real life travel and tourism companies and attractions.

Entry requirements: 

3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including Maths and English or progression from level 1 with appropriate Functional Skills at Entry 3 or above.


The UK travel and tourism sector

Customer service

Nature and effects of world travel

UK travel destinations

European holiday destinations

Preparing for employment in travel and tourism

Exploring UK travel agency operations

UK visitor attractions

Cruise operations

Overseas holiday operations

How is the course assessed?: 

The majority of the units in these qualifications are assessed through internal, portfolio-based assessment generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. However, a small percentage of work will be externally assessed via exam-based units.

Further study options after this course: 

There is a direct progression route on to the Level 3 Travel and Tourism course.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 2 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 2 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over and employed on the day your main course starts fees for this course are payable. However if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (25 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'I started on level 2 and have worked my way up to Level 3. The course is excellent and the teaching on the course is really good. Mandy, the Course Tutor, is so helpful.

'The opportunity to work in EDC Travel is great and gives you a taste of real work experience which I’m sure will benefit my chances of getting a job. In the future I want to go to university and study management within travel and tourism. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone interested in working within the Travel & Tourism industry.' Jade Howe

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