Travel & Tourism – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel & Tourism


The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 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.

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

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. Visits have been made to the De Vere Selsdon Estate to explore the workings of The Front Office, Nutfield Priory and Hallmark Hotel. Visits this year will include Majestic Wines, The Hilton Hotel Croydon, No.1 Lounge (who also come in annually to recruit staff), Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and The Food and Drink Expo.


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.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

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

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.

What goes well with this course?

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 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


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online 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. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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