Course overview

Travel 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 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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Travel and Tourism Level 3 SBSA and Construction Centre
Course Code
06/09/2022 - 27/06/2023
1 years
Tues, Weds, Thurs & Fri
Hours per week
Start Time
SBSA and Construction Centre
This course costs £2573. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LMF1027C01-1 06/09/2022 - 27/06/2023 1 years Tues, Weds, Thurs & Fri 14.50 09:15 SBSA and Construction Centre
This course costs £2573. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.

Additional information

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 the history and development of tourism, the structure of the travel and tourism industry, adventure tourism, travel agency operations, events planning and organisation. You will 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 explore a wider range of topics. This includes, for example, sustainable tourism and how we can avoid having a negative impact on communities abroad when we travel. You will also learn about the management of visitor attractions, what life is like working abroad as a resort representative, about the cruising industry, farm and rural tourism, developing people in travel and tourism, and specialist tourism.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you need five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths and good written and verbal communications skills are desirable. If you are progressing from a level 2 Travel and Tourism course, you will need to have achieved a Merit grade overall and have an excellent attendance and punctuality record.

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 online 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 attraction manager.

Additional costs

You will need to pay towards the cost of trips which take place through the year. 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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