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BTEC Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

BTEC Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Reach your future destination with travel and tourism

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Why Should I Study BTEC Travel & Tourism?

The Travel and Tourism industry is now thought to be the largest business sector in the world.

The BTEC specification is designed to provide an all-round introduction to this industry for those who wish to further their careers in one of its many connected occupational areas. These include careers in travel retail, visitor attractions, accommodation, transport and tour operations.

There are many jobs within the sector, most of which involve providing a service to members of the public. Some examples include:

  • Tour Operators who put together holiday packages for customers.
  • Travel Sales Consultants who work for travel agencies and sell holidays for tour operators.
  • Holiday Resort Representatives who look after holidaymakers whilst they are in the resort.

Studying Travel and Tourism is a fantastic way of understanding the demands and rewards of roles in this industry. You need to be curious about places, people and environments. You need to be interested in local, regional and global issues and have the ability to think independently.

What Will I Study?

You will study three mandatory units and one optional:

  • The World of Travel and Tourism provides the foundation for you to study other units. You will explore all aspects of the industry, key components and their scale. This unit is assessed by a written examination.
  • In Global Destinations, you will investigate the features and appeal of global destinations. You will prepare travel itineraries and recommend suitable destinations for customers. This unit is assessed under supervised conditions.
  • In Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism, you will learn about the importance of meeting customer expectations and communicating with customers effectively, understanding how the changing demands of the customers influence the shape of the industry. This unit is assessed through a series of assignments and will be delivered at the end of the course, so that you can combine your learning from the other units and maximise your final grade.
  • Specialist Unit: Visitor Attractions. You will investigate visitor attractions and the different ways they are funded. You will explore what is meant by the visitor experience and how visitor attractions develop, diversify and use technology in order to meet the needs of different types of visitors. This unit is assessed through internally set assignments.

How Is BTEC Travel & Tourism Assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. There is one formal written examination and an externally assessed task which is completed under supervised conditions. In this unit, you will be given information two weeks before the final assessment in order to carry out your research. The supervised assessment period is then undertaken in a single session of three hours. The remaining two units are assessed through a series of assignments which are marked by your teacher and moderated by the exam board.

What Can I Study With BTEC Travel & Tourism?

BTEC Travel and Tourism combines well with business and languages but is suitable to study alongside all other qualifications.

Where Does A Qualification In BTEC Travel & Tourism Lead?

With the international recognition of BTEC Travel and Tourism, students can progress into further study at university or straight into employment. There are a wide variety of potential career possibilities, such as air cabin crew, tourist guides, travel agents or working within corporate travel. BTEC Travel and Tourism is a highly beneficial if you wish to study degrees in tourism management and international tourism.

Minimum Subject Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 in English