Travel and Tourism

Key Stage 4

Name of regulated qualification:
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism QN: 603/3038/7

The travel and tourism sector

The travel and tourism sector is the UK’s third largest employer, accounting for 9.5 per cent of total employment. Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK in employment terms, employing nearly 3 million people, and the value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £121 billion (7.1 per cent) of UK GDP. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed 10.2 per cent of the world GDP, and the sector now supports 292 million people in employment – that’s one in ten jobs worldwide.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification, which is 120 GLH, is the same size and level as a GCSE. It is ideal for you if you are a pre-16 student working at level 1 or level 2 and would like to find out more about the importance of travel and tourism to the UK and world economies, and to build the skills and knowledge to progress to further learning. The qualification provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism.

This qualification includes both UK and international tourism, and allows you to explore current issues affecting global travel and tourism organisations and destinations. It also includes topics such as destination management and relationships between organisations, as well as social and ethical responsibilities/sustainability.

You will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including: the contribution of travel and tourism to the UK economy; tourism development; trends in travel and tourism; how organisations meet customer needs; the location and appeal of different types of travel and tourism destinations; and the impact of travel and tourism on the local community, environment and economy. You will also prepare a holiday plan to meet customer needs, understand the different factors that influence global travel and tourism, and learn how travel and tourism organisations and destinations respond to these factors.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification consists of three components that will give you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector. Components 1 and 3 are assessed by your school through tasks or assignments. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on.

The assessment for Component 2 covers the different factors that influence global travel and tourism and is sent away to be marked.

Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and brings your learning together, using the knowledge, skills and techniques you have developed about travel and tourism organisations, features of destinations, types of visitors, travel, holidays and accommodation, factors influencing travel and tourism, how organisations respond to these factors, and managing tourism through sustainability and destination management, in a specific context. All of the work that you do throughout the course, including the tasks or assignments, will prepare you for this final task.

Where will this take me?

Once you have completed the qualification, you will have developed valuable knowledge, practical skills and a wider understanding of the travel and tourism industries. The skills and knowledge you gain will provide a sound basis for progression to further study of this sector. At level 3, this could be to A levels, BTEC Nationals (such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism or in Business) or a mixture of both.

What other subjects go well with travel and tourism?

This qualification is designed to be taken as part of a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. It will sit well alongside GCSEs in EBacc subjects including languages, maths and geography; non-core GCSEs, for example, Business; and/or other Technical Awards, e.g. a BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise, to provide both curriculum breadth and the skills needed to make informed choices about study post-16. It complements GCSE Geography in particular, putting into context some of the knowledge and skills developed in the study of that subject.

Where can I find out more?

Further information about this qualification can also be accessed at:

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Qualification Summary

Title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
Qualification number: 500/9861/5
Guided learning hours: 1080

First teaching: December 2019
First external assessment: 2020
Performance tables: n/a
Total qualification time: 1080
Eligible for funding (England): 16-19; 19+ loan; 19-23 entitlement;
Last registration: England- 31 Aug 2023; Northern Ireland- 31 Aug 2023; Wales – 31 Aug 2023;

Why study BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism?
Within this suite, the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism (1080 GLH) is primarily a Technical Level qualification, equivalent in size to three A levels, which has been designed as a full two-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including investigating the travel and tourism sector, the business of travel and tourism, the UK as a destination and customer service, and allowing them the maximum opportunity to study in more depth a full range of option areas of their choice, such as:

  • transport
  • accommodation
  • destinations
  • marketing
  • visitor attractions.

It can also lead into direct employment opportunities such as:

  • Air cabin crew.
  • Holiday representative.
  • Hotel manager.
  • Tour
  • Tourism
  • Touristinformation centre manager.
  • Travelagency manager.

It is mainly designed for those learners who know in which sector they would like to specialise. Learners can achieve breadth of study through the large core and extensive options, rather than by studying complementary qualifications alongside it. The qualification allows learners to develop the wide-ranging knowledge, understanding and skills required for direct progression into a broad range of roles within the industry they are going to be a part of. It also meets the needs of those who wish to progress first to further study.

As the qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry, it is fully supported by the Sector Skills Council for the travel and tourism sector, People 1st. A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector has also confirmed their support for this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism. This means it is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study. A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond, fully meeting entry requirements for most courses. UCAS has reviewed the qualification to assess its value for access to higher education, and has allocated UCAS points. See details published on the Pearson website here:

In addition, a number of universities have individually confirmed that this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism fulfils their entry requirements, either on its own or when achieved alongside other qualifications

 Key Information Summary:

Course Title National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
Examination Board Pearson Edexcel
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage
Entry Requirements Sixth From entry requirements

Course Details:
A BTEC Extended Diploma is an academic, practical and vocational course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities in addition to a number of externally set tasks and exams.

The course will develop your academic understanding of the Travel and Tourism industry. In addition, you will augment your vocational skills through work experience. We are very lucky to have the Hilton Metropole Hotel as one of our stakeholder partners, who provide us with a ‘paid’ work experience programme for suitable candidates. Moreover, you will expand your personal skills through participating in, and supporting, a range of events, trips and residential study visits.

The course is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education first.

Subject Content:
The course is made up of 13 units of which 8 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (73%). External assessment (19%) The units that comprise the course are as follows:

  • The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Global Destinations
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Work Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • The UK as a Tourist Destination
  • Business Operations in Travel and Tourism
  • Recruitment and Selection in Travel and Tourism
  • Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
  • Specialist Tourism

Knowledge Organisers

Year 10 Travel Knowledge Organiser – Topic A1

Year 10 Travel Knowledge Organiser – Topic B1 and B2

Year 10 Travel Knowledge Organiser – Topic B3 and B4

Year 10 Travel Knowledge Organiser – Topic C1 and C2

Year 10 Travel Knowledge Organiser – Topic C3