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Travel and Tourism - Level 3


If you're keen to develop a career in travel and tourism, the Level 3 Diploma will move you closer towards your goals. Gain a balance of academic and employability skills as our expert tutors introduce you to this exciting and fast-paced industry. You will cover all aspects of travel and tourism and discover the vast range of career opportunities available with travel agencies, cruise line companies, aviation, tour operators, tourist attractions, tourist information offices and conference event organisations. A period of work experience in the travel and tourism capital of the UK will enhance your skills and confidence further.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This course will equip you to start work in the sector straight awa or progress to higher education. Successful completion of year one gains you L3 certificate in Travel and Tourism and successful completion of year two leads to a diploma in Travel and Tourism. This qualification could lead to a career in

  • Resort Representative
  • Hotel Operations
  • Air Cabin Crew
  • Retail/Business Travel Operations
  • Visitor Attractions

Key information

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above or Level 2 relevant qualification.
Required English and Maths at grade 4 or above

  • a successful interview with a tutor
  • the ability to study independently 
  • a genuine interest in the subject
  • good communication skills  
  • hardworking approach towards the industry

All 16-18 year old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.


Qualification obtained

Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Extra costs and equipment

You will need to provide your own stationery, including pens, notepad and an A4 folder.

If you need a replacement ID badge, the cost will be £3 (or £8 if incorporated with a bus pass).

We supply up to 80 free black and white photocopies per student. Any additional black and white copies are charged at 4p each.

Residential and non-residential study visits are key to developing your industry experience and therefore compulsory. The costs of these are subject to change so we will confirm exact amounts nearer the time, at open days, enrolment and induction.

Tuition Fees

Students who are 18 or under pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: NCFE

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

This course features a compulsory work placement with the opportunity to develop your skills in a realistic industry setting and discover what an employer will expect of you in a similar role. This will involve spending at least 40 hours with a local employer. We will expect you to set up this placement yourself, however we will support you in this.

There are two compulsory field trips on this course, designed to enhance your understanding of the industry (see Equipment needed and cost for more details). We also offer a range of other trips to destinations such as tourist information services, tour guiding sites and visitor attractions in a variety of locations. These visits are compulsory and will form part of your assessment.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Methods

Over the course of 2 years you will complete 12 modules and an extended work placement. This may consist of the following topics:

  • The UK travel and tourism industry (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Customer Service (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Tour Guiding (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Resort Reps (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Hospitality in the travel and tourism sector (internal assessment – 10%)
  • UK Visitor attractions (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Preparing for a career in travel and tourism (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Travel and tourism destinations (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Responsible Tourism (internal assessment – 10%)
  • Event Planning (internal assessment – 10%)

The course is assessed using 100% internal assessment, methods will be varied but could include, written reports, presentations, practical sessions and group projects.