BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism

(Equivalent and accepted in 95% of universities as an A level)

Course Leaflet

Travel  and Tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the British economy since 2010 (Visit Britain 2016).
It generates  £129 bn to the British economy which is worth 9% of GDP. Deloitte predict the industry will have grown to be valued at £257bn and will generate 630 000 jobs by 2025 .

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism is equal to an A level and is an exciting vocational qualification that provides a   vehicle to gain valuable life skills, such as business planning, budgeting, planning, communication, presentation and sales skills..

The course is based on real businesses, such as Longleat, Thomas Cook, EasyJet,  Birmingham Airport and the Merlin Group.

“95% of universities accept BTEC including Oxford” UCAS 2016

“In 2014, 85 000 student entered universities with a BTEC
qualification” Pearson 2016

“80% of BTEC students gain a first or second class degree and 90% gain employment “ Pearson 2016

WhatUni state….“Universities have learned that BTECs are a great alternative to A-Levels, and very few institutions won’t consider BTEC students as      candidates – even Oxford and Cambridge include BTECs as part of their overall requirements,”
Look at the entry requirements on most Uni websites and see for yourself.

Course Content

BTEC Extended Certificate is a two year course.

Year 12    

The World of Travel & Tourism

A 1.5 hour written examination (one resit is allowed June year 12 and January year 13))

Global Destinations

Task based on pre-released scenario.

The task is assessed and supervised using a computer. Learners are given a case study two weeks before the assessment to complete three hours of research. The assessment is based on a student’s ability to create travel itineraries suitable for different customers to global destinations.

Year 13    

Managing Customer Experiences

Synoptic assignment

Option Choice          

1. Visitor Attractions

2. Specialist Travel

The course is based around visits to different organisations. Thorpe Park and Birmingham Airport are visited an assessed for their customer service provision, Longleat and Cheddar Gorge as built and natural attractions.  Thomas Cook, HF Holidays and Kuoni are used for case studies.

The BTEC National is studied over two years and will give the following equivalent qualifications and points.

UCAS Points
Distinction * 48
Distinction 42
Merit 26
Pass 18


What are the BTEC Qualifications?

BTEC Nationals have been designed with the aid of over 5000 universities, employers and professional bodies, to create a course with employability at the heart.

“BTECs have the highest learner progression than any other vocational qualification particularly to Higher Education.”
(Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills report on Social Mobility: Contribution of Further Education and Skills)

BTEC Nationals provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and comprehension in various work related context.

“BTEC helps students get the skills that today’s emplopyers are looking for…BTEC is considered the GOLD STANDARD of vocational learning.” Peter Jones CBE

“ Travel and Tourism was the single subject that prepared me for university. The BTEC course showed me how to research materials, work independently and meet deadlines” Travel and Tourism student 2017 cohort.

What is a Typical Lesson Like?

Lessons are based in R2 the Vocational Hub in Rosetti. The space has been purposely designed to enable students to have access to computers, resources and be an inspirational environment.

The lessons are all based on current organisations, current factors and allow for students to learn research techniques that prepare them for Higher Education.

The work is very practical and an interest in current events and affairs would benefit students considering Travel & Tourism as an option.