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BTEC Travel & Tourism

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The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest and growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £126 billion, and the sector employs around 3.1 million people.

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is intended as an Applied General qualification. It is designed for post-16 students with an interest in travel and tourism who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education. This qualification gives a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills that are transferable across other sectors. 

What does the qualification cover?

The aim of the qualification is to support progression to higher education. Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

● the travel and tourism industry – developing the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK

● different types of destinations and their importance – investigating the features and appeal of global destinations

● customer service – exploring and applying ways of managing internal and external customer experience to support organisational success and to develop customer service skills.

Students select one option unit to support their progression to travel and tourism and other courses in higher education.

The option units cover content areas such as:

● visitor attractions

● passenger transport            

● events, conferences and exhibitions. 

What Could the Qualification Lead to?

Students who have completed this qualification in a year may progress to further learning at level 3, for example, to a larger size BTEC National in the travel and tourism sector. In addition to the travel and tourism sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop transferable and higher-order skills, which are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying the World of Travel and Tourism unit, students will analyse information and data from the travel and tourism industry, identifying trends and the potential impact of different factors on the industry and its customers, which supports some of the skills students need to progress into higher education, employment, self-employment or training. 

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