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In Short

The BTEC Extended Diploma course gives you the opportunity to become familiar with the many components and branches of the industry. The course centres on the travel and tourism industry, and incorporates general business skills in addition to specialist units. You will complete work experience within the travel/tourism environment as part of the course and take part in residential visits in the UK. You will use cabin crew training facilities with aircraft seats and equipment, and be taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers.

Entry Requirements

  • Selection is by interview
  • You should have at least 5 GCSE’s at minimum grade 4 (C) including English Language and Maths or Level 2 Diploma with Merit profile (completion of 40 credits at merit level, from 65 available credits)
  • Mature students will be assessed on relevant experience , clear motivation and a reasonable standard of attainment in written English.

Course Content

Methods of study and assignments are largely student activity centred and will include individual and group work. This course is designed on a unit basis and will be assignment based using individual and group work which will require the completion of investigations, reports and presentations. You must pass all units in order to achieve the Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism.

Year 1: 

  • The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Global Destinations
  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Managing the Customer Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • The Cruise Industry

Year 2:

  • The UK as a Tourist destination
  • Recruitment and Selection in Travel and Tourism
  • Researching Current Travel and Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • Working Overseas
  • Work Experience in Travel and Tourism
  • Managing Accommodation Services

You will have the opportunity to gain further qualifications during your course including:

  • Numeracy (if not achieved C at GCSE)
  • Cabin Crew
  • First Aid (approx. £30 additional cost)

In order to understand the travel and tourism industry it is necessary to visit real work environments. Visits both in the UK and abroad are an essential part of the course and you must attend. It is therefore wise to budget for at least £600 for year 1 and £250 for year 2.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake assessments throughout the year to support your coursework. In addition, 2 of the units have an external assessment. Full attendance is therefore absolutely critical in order to achieve this qualification.


With good grades in your BTEC studies, you may progress to higher education courses within tourism. Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Tourism Management, BA (Hons) Events Management and BA (Hons) Marketing Management at institutions such as Bournemouth University, Oxford Brookes University and University of Plymouth. This course will prepare you for a successful career in the travel and tourism industry, progressing into management positions after suitable experience has been gained.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You may prefer to purchase your own set of specialist reference books. These are available at a cost of approximately £40.00. Formal dress is required on assessments days, this will be discussed at interview/enrolment.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.

If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email:

Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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