BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Please Note :

The new BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism is expected to run from September 2018, conditional of the Government approval. Please click here to see information about this course.

Why take the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism?


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“I would also like to commend you and your team again for the work you put into the Distinction level candidates in Level 3 in particular who produced outstanding work.” External Assessor, Edexcel Exam board

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism is an exciting qualification that provides a vehicle to gain valuable life skills, such as pioneering, budgeting, planning, communication, presentation and sales skills.

The Travel and Tourism industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, despite recent economic setbacks. In the past ten years there has been a huge increase in the number of business and leisure passengers travelling. Budget airlines have contributed to expansion of the short-break market. This has led to the expansion of regional airports, in the UK and Europe. In addition there has been a rise in hospitality management enterprises. This has subsequently created a demand for a hugely flexible skilled work-force.

The travel and tourism industry is the 4th largest industry in the UK. It generates £129 billion to the UK economy, employs 3.1 million people and continues to grow as a direct consequence of the marketing since events such as the Olympics 2012, Diamond Jubilee and royal celebration of 2016.

This course is delivered in conjunction with links made within the industry. The course will involve working directly with these organisations to collect, analyse and evaluate information for the course.

BTEC Nationals are accepted by Russell and non- Russell Universities. The majority like them to be part of a portfolio of A level choices and expect high grades.

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.

What are the BTEC Qualifications?

BTEC National qualifications are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They aim to give learners knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for employment. They are vocationally based qualifications that fuse education and employment.

The BTEC National Award is made up of 6 units of study. Each unit is continuously assessed, and students gain a pass, merit or distinction award. There are no exams.

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

To gain higher awards students will have to repeatedly demonstrate high-level analytical and evaluations skills.  The qualification particularly suits those students who enjoy independent research and project based work.

Compensation exists, to recognise effort. Should a student take all six units but fail one, they will be awarded an overall PASS. However students must prove they have attempted all units.







A*-E 100%





Grade A*/Distinction Star 50%





Grade A/B Distinction





Grade B/C Merit 50%




Grade D/E Pass




What is a Typical Lesson Like?

All travel and tourism lessons are based in the Vocational room.
All work is produced, assessed and marked using computers, and packages, such as Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint.


There are opportunities to create reports, exhibitions, take part in role plays and present business ideas in front of our own “Dragon” (as in Dragon’s Den).

Students collect evidence from visits. Students visit Birmingham Airport and Thorpe Park to collect evidence for the Customer Service unit. We have been fortunate to have personalised tours of both businesses and have on some occasions met Emirates crew and been on an Emirates plane. In addition, we visit the sights in Stratford Upon Avon and compare and contrast  this historic tourist town with vibrant Brighton. In year thirteen students present a business plan to HSBC bank and visit Longleat to understand how businesses have to change and develop to suit different target markets.


Students work independently on projects.  Teaching is structured to enable students of all abilities to achieve their full potential. A typical lesson would involve use of multi-media or a visit to create a scenario, followed by a discussion and then students work independently to achieve the objectives of the particular task.

Students work is continually assessed and all students are encouraged to exceed the minimum expected target grades. Additional units are available for high achieving students, if they wish to expand the course into 1.5 A levels.

Home Study and Independent Learning

Assignments are given and students are expected to work to specific time scales. This provides excellent opportunities for students to learn research techniques and the self- discipline required for higher education.

In addition to individual projects students work together on solving customer service issues and creating a business plan.