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Nottingham Academy

Travel and Tourism

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Entry Requirements

English Grade 4 

There is no requirement to have studied geography at GCSE, although a good knowledge of world locations and current issues will help.

The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing global industries, contributing over £209 billion to the UK economy and employing over 4 million people. This course is perfect for students who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the travel and tourism sector. This qualification gives a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills that are transferable across other sectors. 50% is externally assessed by examination and 50% internally by coursework.

Is this course for me?

  • You will need to have a genuine interest in the Travel and Tourism sector.
  • Ideal for those wishing to pursue a career within the industry. 
  • The course will also provide you with other transferable skills: independent research, presentation skills, report writing and marketing skills. 

What will I study? 

1. The World of Travel and Tourism

Exploring the whole Travel and Tourism industry, including the analysis of a variety of statistics and current affairs to measure the importance of the industry to the UK. You will use case studies of actual TT organisations to apply your understanding.

2. Global Destinations

An investigation of the features, appeal and importance of different global destinations.

3. Principles of marketing in Travel and Tourism

Explore the role of marketing in TT. Develop a successful marketing plan for use by an actual travel and tourism organisation.

4. Visitor Attractions

Explore the range and appeal of the different visitor attractions in the UK.


How will I be assessed? 


1. The World of Travel and Tourism

External Assessment

Written examination set and marked by Pearson. • 1.5 hours. • 75 marks

2. Global Destinations

External Assessment:


A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. • Learners are given information two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. • The supervised assessment period is undertaken in a single session of three hours. • 60 marks.

3. Principles of marketing in Travel and Tourism

Internal Assessment:



4. Visitor Attractions

Internal Assessment


What skills will I need? 

•Be able to interpret and analyse research and statistics relating to the Travel and Tourism industry
•Be able to research and read around issues affecting the industry.
•Be able to present findings both independently and as a group.
•Be able to present research in different written formats: reports, PowerPoint presentations
•Be able to draw on concepts learnt to make sense of real life situations.