Level 3 Event Management, Travel & Tourism
About this course

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a career in the travel and tourism industry. You will look at different types of organisations within the industry - from travel agents to travel companies, as well as studying such topics as customer service and marketing and expanding your knowledge of tourist destinations and visitor attractions.

The course is made up of compulsory core units and specialist units. Part of the course will include trips to various travel and tourism facilities and assignments will be set relating to these visits. In the past we have visited Bath Spa, Cruise ships, Virgin Airlines, London and Thorpe Park, with residentials to Majorca, Mykonos and Gran Canaria.

The College will subsidise the cost of transport but you will be expected to pay for the visits. There may also be residential study trips during the course of your studies (locations vary from campus to campus).

What will I learn?

In Year 1 students will study the following units:

  • The world of travel and tourism
  • Global destinations
  • Managing the customer experience
  • Travel and tourism enterprises
  • Events, conferences and exhibitions
  • Visitor attractions

In the second year students will study the following units:

  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • European Destinations
  • Marketing Travel and Tourism Products and Services
  • Retail Travel Operations
  • UK Visitor Attractions
  • Investigating the Cruise Industry
  • Business Travel Operations
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Long haul travel destinations
  • Residential travel and tourism visit
  • Events, conferences and exhibitions

You will also study the following:

  • Resort Rep in year 1
  • Cabin Crew in year 2, should you progress on to the Extended Diploma
Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade at A*-C or a grade 4 or above. Must include English and Maths (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2.)

A good reference and a satisfactory interview.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Your timetable will allow for study time and with good time management, only a limited amount of work will need to be completed at home.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including written assignments, role plays and verbal presentations which will be collected to form your portfolio of evidence.

The final qualification in Year 1 is Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Travel & Tourism.

The final qualification in Year 2 is a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism.

This is a two year course. In the first year of the programme, you will be required to complete a 50 day work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study. This is a compulsory part of your programme and you will be expected to complete your work placement on non-college days.

You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional costs and information

Approximately £350 per year will be required for trips and residential activities and £40 for uniform (these costs may vary from campus to campus). There may be funds available to support those who have financial difficulties. There are also text books relating to your course which we would encourage you to purchase.

What could I do next?

Upon completion of the Foundation Diploma students can progress onto the Extended Diploma. Upon completion of the Extended Diploma students could look to progress onto University or enter the travel and tourism industry.

Potential career opportunities could include becoming a holiday representative, children's representative or working for a tour operator, tourist information centre, in hospitality, cabin crew, hotel reception or travel agency.