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Diploma/Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism with Aviation Studies - Level 3


This course focuses on the practical skills required to work in all aspects of the travel industry allowing you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for successful progression.

You will study a range of specialist units including overseas holiday representative, guided tours, entertainment, ski chalet host and conference and events. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to study aspects of the aviation industry including working in an airport and cabin crew.

Trips and residentials are an integral part of the course.

Visits can include: cabin crew training with British Airways at Heathrow airport, residential visits to The Gambia, Europe or in the UK.

Industry daytrips to widen knowledge include: Swadlincote ski centre, Walesby, Alton Towers, Pantomime, East Midlands Airport and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

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Entry requirements

GCSE English with at least grade 4/C and GCSE maths with at least grade 3/D or the Functional Skills equivalent and three other GCSEs with at least grade 4/C; or a related

Level 2 diploma at merit level and GCSE English with at least grade 3/D or Functional Skills Level 1.

Students progressing from Level 2 will need to have maintained at least 95% attendance.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

19+ year old applicant:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. 

You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

You will be required to pay for a overseas residential visit as part of the course. A uniform will also be required. You may be eligible for some funding towards these.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1409A1007FREEFREE* to £2573.00Apply

* 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:

  • Worldwide travel and tourism destinations
  • Promotions and sales in travel and tourism
  • Developing people in travel and tourism
  • Overseas Representatives
  • Planning and delivering guided tours
  • Principles of supervising customer service performance in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism
  • Developing an entertainment programme in travel and tourism
  • Special interest holidays and independent travel
  • Holiday park hosts
  • Ski chalet hosts
  • Conference and events
  • Tourism in the UK
  • Work Placement

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.

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?

  • Degree in tourism, hospitality, events management and any other related subject
  • Employment

How do I apply?

Apply online


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