Course overviewTravel and Tourism Level 3 City of Bristol College
The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course, with a Diploma awarded after completion of the first year. The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of this exciting and diverse industry and the many and varied career opportunities within it.
You will acquire the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to gain employment and develop your career in this thriving sector, or to progress to university to further your learning and career prospects.
Dates and applications
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|Hours per week
|02/09/2024 - 19/06/2025
|Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
|SBSA and Construction Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Who is this course for?
This course is for young people aged 16-18 and adults aged 19 and over. To enjoy and succeed on this career in the travel and tourism industry, you need to be excited by the idea of travel, interested in other cultures and enthusiastic about providing excellent customer service.
You should be motivated to learn and able to work independently and as part of a supportive team. An interest in current affairs would be an advantage.
What you'll learn
On the first year of this course, you will study a variety of topics including Tourism destinations Worldwide, Sustainability and Currents affairs. You will also investigate what attracts certain groups of people to visit a range of UK and overseas destinations, and you will develop your ability to deal with customers in a variety of situations.
You will undertake a work experience placement in year one. Year two will further develop your industry related skills and knowledge and specifically explore a wider range of topics such as: The Aviation Industry, the Hospitality and Leisure sector and the impact of Domestic Tourism to name but a few.
Course entry requirements
5 x GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including English Language, and Maths.
For STEM subjects can be more specific e.g. Engineering – 4 x GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including English Language, Maths and science. Science and/or maths must be grade 5.
Alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering (overall Grade Merit) with Merits in the Mathematics and Science units, and GCSE grade C/4 in both English Language and Mathematics.
We will invite you to a course information meeting event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
You will need to provide a copy of your last school report and / or a reference from an employer or relevant professional, this will include attendance. This is to ensure we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.
Applicants with 85% or below attendance will have been deemed not to have met this criteria. All applicants are given an opportunity to discuss any evidence- based mitigating circumstances that may have affected the reference / school report.
We are firmly committed to finding the right course for you to ensure that you can flourish.
Talk to us today if you have any concerns about the application process, we are here to help take you to the next level.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
You will learn at college through classroom lessons, practical activities, group work and guest speakers. You will learn outside of college through work experience and educational visits to tourist destinations and employers. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including role play, group work, assignments, presentations and external exams.
Future career and study opportunities
If you successfully complete the Diploma in year one, you can progress to the Extended Diploma in year two. This would enable you to progress to broad range of related courses at university if you wish, for example, Tourism Management, Tourism and Event Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, or Travel Aviation and Tourism Management.
Alternatively, you could seek employment after completing the Diploma or the Extended Diploma. You could work in many different areas of the tourism industry, such as travel operations, tour operations, accommodation, events or visitor attractions. You could pursue a wide variety of careers, depending on the level of your learning, for example travel agent, air cabin crew, cruise ship steward, holiday representative, tour guide, aircraft dispatcher, events coordinator, hotel or in a visitor attraction.
You will need to pay towards the cost of trips, resources and uniform. If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
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