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Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Travel and Tourism (Year 1)

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.

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


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.
This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Loan funded. Contact us for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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