BTEC Travel & Tourism


Type of QualificationBTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate 

Exam BoardPearson 

Additional Entry Requirements2 GCSEs at Grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at Grade 5, including Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics 

Why study Travel and Tourism? 

BTEC Travel & Tourism will suit you if you are interested in: 

  • Understanding real-life practice in the travel industry.   
  • Different types of destinations and their importance. 
  • Exploring and applying ways of managing internal and external customer experience to support organisational success. 

Course Content 

Year 1 Units  

  • Unit 1:  The World of Travel & Tourism 
  • Unit 3:  Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism  

Year 2 Units  

  • Unit 2:  Global Destinations 
  • Unit 9:  Visitor attractions 


External assessment   

  • Unit 1:  written exam paper (1.5 hours and worth 25%) 
  • Unit 2: Set and timetabled written task by Pearson (2 hours and worth 33%) 

Internal assessment  

  • Assignment 1: Unit 3 – assignments set and verified by teachers (25%) 
  • Assignment 2: Unit 9 – assignments set and verified by teachers (16%) 

Careers in Travel and Tourism 

This specification is suitable for those considering a range of careers. 62% of large companies have recruited employees with a BTEC qualification. The percentage of students entering university holding a BTEC has risen from 24.9% in 2014 to 26.0% in 2015.  

This course could lead to career roles in retail travel, passenger transport, airports and airlines, hotels, conferences and events, holiday resorts, hospitality and entertainment venues and tourist attractions.