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BTEC Foundation Diploma in Travel and Tourism - Level 3


This course focuses on UK, European and long haul destinations, business and working in all aspects of the travel industry for example at an airport or as a holiday representative. You will study a range of specialist units including business, European destinations, working as a children’s representative, entertainment, retail travel and marketing.

Trips and residentials are an integral part of the course.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and maths with at least 4 points (grade C) or the Functional Skills equivalent, and
  • Three other GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) OR
  • A related Level 2 Diploma at merit level
  • Students progressing from Level 2 will need to have maintained 95% attendance.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview and a piece of assessed work. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)4778A1175FREEFREE* to £2280.00Apply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)4778A1273FREEFREE* to £2280.00Apply online

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One or two years.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through the following methods:

  • Case studies
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Role play situations

What does the course lead to?

This qualification can open the door to roles within the travel and tourism sector, including:

  • Travel agent
  • Cabin crew
  • Airline check in
  • Hospitality management
  • Overseas resort representative
  • Events management
  • Visitor attractions management

What will I study?

You will study a range of specialist units that include:

  • Investigating travel and tourism
  • Business
  • Holiday representatives
  • UK travel and tourism sector
  • Long haul travel destinations
  • Retail travel
  • Working as a children's representative
  • Conferences, exhibitions and events
  • Preparing for employment
  • Entertainment for holiday makers
  • Hospitality
  • Visitor attractions
  • Responsible tourism
  • Work experience

The course includes a UK or European residential visit in the first year and if you progress onto the full two year qualification, there is an international residential in the second year. There is a cost associated with the trips which is explained at the interview stage and the may be some financial aid available.

The course also includes significant visits to industry especially within year 2 when you are expected to study visitor attractions and undertake consultancy projects. You will also plan and implement various events and hospitality to improve your confidence and entrepreneur skills, some events may be for charity and some may be for assessment purposes. 

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Apply online


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