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Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism – Level 3

This two-year course will give you an in-depth understanding of the travel and tourism industry. It will prepare you for working in a wide variety of different roles within an airport or airline. It will also give you the knowledge to gain employment within the broader travel and tourism sector. 

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Travel and Tourism
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/extended-diploma-in-travel-and-tourism-level-3
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Course Information for Students

This two-year course will give you an in-depth understanding of the travel and tourism industry. It will prepare you for working in a wide variety of different roles within this broad sector. You may have an interest in passenger transport, airports and aviation, the tourist economy, conferences and events, marketing and promotion, accommodation services or customer service and in roles such as holiday rep, travel agent and cabin crew.

You will hear from guest speakers representing some of the largest air travel organisations. The course also includes mock interviews and work placements with Agiito, Jurys Inns and Derby Museums, to name but a few.

Candidates should have a desire to enter higher education or to find employment in this sector. Students should have strong time management and organisational skills alongside a professional personality and ‘can do’ attitude.

You will need the majority of your GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and Maths at grade 4 or better. Alternatively you could have a Level 2 Merit grade in a Travel and Tourism/Cabin Crew or related qualification and a grade 4 GCSE in Maths and English. A keen interest in the subject is essential, so too is a customer focussed outlook.

You will learn about a wide range of subjects. Each will have a number of assessments which will contain a range of Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.

You will cover a variety of units over two years, for example:

  • The World of Travel and Tourism*
  • Global Destinations*
  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Conferences and Events
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Travel and Tourism Enterprises
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • The Airport Experience
  • Recruitment and Selections
  • Researching Current Trends and Issues in Travel and Tourism

*These involve externally set assessments

This course will be delivered at the Roundhouse campus. 

Students will have face-to-face lessons for 3-4 days per week. It is expected that time will be prioritised away from College in order to keep up to date with assessments, research and further study.

All students are expected to wear a blue blazer/tailored jacket and white collared shirt while attending lessons. They should also have smart shoes and matching tailored skirt or trousers for work placements, interviews and visits.

Students may be able to secure financial support towards the cost of the uniform.

There will also be a nominal charge for selected trips and visits. In previous years students have travelled to London’s major attractions, airports and passenger transport hubs, local visitor attractions, conferences and tourist destinations.

Students are advised to have their own laptop or device to aid with their studies during their time at College.

Assessments will be carried out using a variety of methods including role play, presentations, essays, case studies and activities.

Students will need to have good time management and organisation skills in order to meet the ongoing assessment deadlines successfully.

Two units involve externally set exams.

Further Study

You can progress to a Level 4 qualification within the sector or to higher education within many universities, or continue your studies to other Level 3 qualifications at DCG.

Careers

There are opportunities to secure a wide variety of job roles with an airport operator, airline or the wider aviation industry. The skills gained are also relevant for many other roles within the travel industry. Indeed, the transferable skills developed on this course will be beneficial for customer-facing roles in a broad range of industry sectors.

For more information contact ruth.benn@derby-college.ac.uk /  enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call us on 0800 0280289

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information



This course could lead to one of these careers...

Travel Agents

£22067

Travel Agents

£0

£0

Rail Travel Assistants

£27299

Rail Travel Assistants

Project Support Officers

£28930

Project Support Officers

Elementary Sales Occupations

£18243

Elementary Sales Occupations

Managers and Proprietors in Other Services

£28396

Managers and Proprietors in Other Services

Taxi and Cab Drivers and Chauffeurs

£29115

Taxi and Cab Drivers and Chauffeurs

Leisure and Travel Service Occupations

£16700

Leisure and Travel Service Occupations

Hotel and Accommodation Managers and Proprietors

£32680

Hotel and Accommodation Managers and Proprietors

Train and Tram Drivers

£61513

Train and Tram Drivers

Customer Service Supervisors

£29220

Customer Service Supervisors

£0

Air Transport Operatives

£27006

Air Transport Operatives

Delivery Drivers and Couriers

£23226

Delivery Drivers and Couriers

Receptionists

£16755

Receptionists

Sports and Leisure Assistants

£11069

Sports and Leisure Assistants

£0

£0

£0

Catering and Bar Managers

£20722

Catering and Bar Managers

Customer Service Occupations

£19698

Customer Service Occupations

Call and Contact Centre Occupations

£20039

Call and Contact Centre Occupations

£0

Sales and Retail Assistants

£13000

Sales and Retail Assistants

Aircraft Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

£62497

Aircraft Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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DCG Success Stories

Evie Wisniewska at her workplace

Evie Wisniewska

Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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Tayla Barnes

Tayla Barnes

Travel student Tayla embarks on exciting journey with TUI

I had thought about doing A levels after school but the travel and tourism course at Derby College really appealed to me. I honestly had no idea that such a course existed but once I knew it did, I went along to a college open day and found out as much information as I could. I enjoy college. The staff are really good – they're always there to help us and the course content is great. I've learned so much, particularly about the business side of the travel industry.

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Daisy Gallacher

Daisy Gallacher

Daisy has the world at her feet

The course showed me the opportunities available in the travel and tourism industry and, as I love working with people, I set my sights on a reps job. This was the first job that I applied for whilst still at College. We had to go through a lengthy recruitment process but I was delighted when I got the high season job. Knowing about the industry and the specific role of the reps was definitely an advantage. It is a contract until the early Autumn and I will then be well placed to apply for other jobs around the company at resorts across the world.

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 13, 2024 2:35 pm