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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

The course also prepares students for direct entry into the travel or airline industry with the likes of tour operators, travel agents, hotels or hospitality, customer service related organisations, overseas holiday representatives and leisure providers.

Overview of the course: 

(90 Credit Diploma – one year) (Extended Diploma - two years) - A combination of 14 hours a week theoretical and practical lessons including 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. You will also be required to partake in 72 hours work experience and up 6 hours a week literacy and numeracy lessons as part of your study programme depending on your entry qualifications.

Entry requirements: 

Five GCSEs at minimum grade 3 (including English and Maths) or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism with merit or distinction grades.


Investigating the travel and tourism sector

The business of travel and tourism

The UK as a destination
Customer service in travel and tourism

Preparing for employment in travel and tourism

European destinations

Long-haul travel destinations

Retail travel operations

Business travel operations

Investigating the cruise industry

UK visitor attractions

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.

Further study options after this course: 

Students could progress on to an HND, foundation degree or full degree at university.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time. Students will study for the 90 Credit Diploma. If they achieve a minimum of a merit grade in all units, they may progress to the Extended Diploma in year two.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4170.00

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 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (16 Jul 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 really enjoyed my time at EDC and on the course, gaining valuable knowledge of the travel industry and also meeting some great new friends. The lecturers were great too, very friendly and fantastic motivators. I always had a passion for travelling and really wanted to get a job in the industry, so through gaining a relevant qualification. I knew this would work to my advantage.' Fay Gorton

Fay is now pursuing her dream of working in the travel industry as a travel consultant with the UK’s largest independent travel agent, Hays Travel.

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