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Travel & Tourism – The Extended Experience

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Travel and Tourism - The Extended Experience - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-TRTO3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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This course will teach you the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry.   You will learn a variety of aspects of the travel and tourism industry including how to plan events, cruising, global destinations, visitor attractions and working overseas.

Through your studies, you’ll acquire a range of key transferable skills in areas such as research, evaluation, team working, presentation and problem solving.

You’ll also have the chance to participate in field trips, both nationally and internationally, in order to experience destinations and consider career specialisms.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and preferably Mathematics.

On this course at HSDC South Downs, you will study 13 units over the two years.

These units will give you the background to customer service, geography and business. Some units will specifically look at job roles in the travel and tourism industry. In addition, you will complete two weeks of work experience to help develop your confidence and employability skills.

The people that will be teaching you on this qualification are passionate about the industry and your success. They have all worked in the industry and have a range of stories to excite you about your future. We ensure that you are ready for the industry by pushing you out of your comfort zone throughout the year. Lessons will include both teacher and learner-led activities. HSDC offer a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the Learning Hub (library) and other online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC). 


A number of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including written tests, assignments and reports. Occasionally you will be assessed via roleplay, presentations and other creative tasks.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

Students often get jobs in the travel and tourism industry, such as travel agency roles, cabin crew, holiday representatives, front of house in the hospitality sector or in a related Apprenticeship position. Our course carries enough UCAS points to count towards university, so you could study a degree or a Higher National Diploma.

As part of the course, you are required to complete either work experience or an industry placement with a local industry provider. This is the perfect opportunity to put your knowledge into practice. We have links with Carnival Cruises, strong links with the retail sector such as Hays Travel and Tui. We also work closely with The Langstone Quay Resort, The Village Hotel and The Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth. On recent staff development days, we have spent time with Portsmouth City Council and Peak Retreats, a local tour operator in Portsmouth specialising in ski holidays in France. At enrollment, we will discuss your options, be it work experience or industry placement.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student