Subject: BTEC Travel and Tourism

Subject: Level 3 BTEC Travel and Tourism (Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma)

The travel and tourism sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, with the amount of travel undertaken by individuals for both leisure and business purposes continuing to increase. An expansion in the short-break market has led to a growth of regional airports in the UK and across Europe and a rise in the number of new hospitality enterprises including health spas and boutique hotels. This rapid expansion has led to huge demand for a more flexibly skilled workforce. These qualifications have been designed to provide an all-round introduction to the travel and tourism sector for those who wish to further their careers in one of its many connected industries, including retail travel, visitor attractions, accommodation, transport and tour operations. 

Skills Attained:

These qualifications in Travel and Tourism are targeted at learners who would like to gain employment in the Travel and Tourism sector and have been developed to provide further training and education and progression opportunities within this sector. The qualifications will develop learners’ abilities through the knowledge and skills gained in the programme and are suitable for learners who would like to know more about employment in Travel and Tourism.

By studying a BTEC in Travel and Tourism, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. 

Unique to this subject area the course also includes a two week fully funded work placement in Italy for those students whose applications to the project are successful.


All units are internally assessed in the BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism.

All assessment for the BTEC qualifications is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

Future Opportunities:

Having completed an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism, learners will be ideally placed to progress to higher education and pursue Travel or specialist Tourism qualifications such as Higher Nationals or other degree-level qualifications.

In addition, a number of universities have individually confirmed that this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism fulfils their entry requirements, either on its own or when achieved alongside other qualifications.