Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


This course is designed to provide you with a variety of skills for the world’s largest industry. You will study areas of the tourism industry including: customer service, marketing, visitor attractions and special interest tourism.

It combines class work with opportunities to carry out practical work, visit tourist attractions and prepare for work in this exciting and vibrant industry. Some trips and activities are mandatory to enable assessment of some units to be undertaken in a relevant environment.

What will I do?

During the Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma you will study units which could include the following:

Year 1 - Foundation Diploma.
Mandatory units.

  • Travel and Tourism Industry*
  • Global Destinations*
  • Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprise
An additional 2 optional units will be studied.

Year 2 - Extended Diploma.
Mandatory units.

  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • UK Travel Destinations
  • Managing Accommodation Services

An additional 3 optional units will be studied.

The course will include role plays, presentations, group work and the completion of practical tasks.

You will also undertake a period of work experience, which will be extremely useful in preparing you for your next steps in either employment or education.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English and Maths.

Or Merit or Distinction at First Diploma level in a related subject or Merit or Distinction at Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject (or equivalent) together with Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths (or GCSE equivalent).

The Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will attend College at least four days a week.

The Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost: £6602.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218 or email your query to

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This course is combination of internal and external assessments. You will be assessed on your production of written work, taking part in role-plays and group work and individual presentations.

Two units- Travel and Tourism Industry and Global Destinations are externally assessed.

Successful completion of the course could lead to progression onto higher education in Travel and Tourism. You could also progress into employment within the industry.

Additional costs include trips and textbooks depending on units studied.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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