BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism


The BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism is an exciting and engaging programme of study, helping students gain the knowledge and practical skills required in the Travel & Tourism sector. Students will study a wide range of travel related topics in a practical and work related environment.

BTEC is a nationally recognised qualification which focuses on independent learning, practical knowledge and skills. The programme offers flexibility and choice of emphasis through the optional units.

What goes well with this course?

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism is an excellent qualification that combines well with a wide range of other courses particularly:

  • Geography
  • Modern Languages
  • Business

It also has links with:

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Economics


Many Travel and Tourism students decide to take up a place at university studying one of a number of degrees related to this subject. Popular degree courses include Event Management, Tourism Management or Hospitality Management.

Other students may opt to gain some valuable industry experience, for example in the Airline Industry, Resort Services, Tourism and Hospitality or Trainee Management posts.

A qualification in Travel and Tourism will help provide students with essential knowledge of the industry and help prepare them for Higher Education or employment.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of Travel and Tourism topics including:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector
  • The UK as a Destination
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • European and Worldwide Destinations
  • Work Experience in Travel and Tourism


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers, residentials and work experience.

The College has close links with Tourism and Hospitality organisations such as: The Hilton Croydon, Selsdon Park Hotel, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook, No.1 Lounge and the University of Brighton (Eastbourne Campus).


The course is assessed purely through coursework. Students will complete 3 units of coursework in each year of the course.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

4 grades A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 in the same subject is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).

Students will enjoy this course if they are able to:

  • Complete coursework in many different forms
  • Simulate activities such as welcome meetings for tour arrivals
  • Engage in practical work such as planning and running a residential trip
  • Complete independent research

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism information leaflet.

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