Travel & Tourism Level 3 Vocational?

This is a sought-after employment sector. There are opportunities to run your own business, work for a multinational organisation, work abroad or in Worcester High Street if you prefer. You will learn a variety of transferable skills that universities and employers are looking for such as communication skills, independent research, working with a team and meeting deadlines. Travel & Tourism combines well with a range of vocational and A Level subjects especially languages and Business Studies. Travel and Tourism is a varied and interesting course. If you like holidays and travel it’s about you!

Teaching and Learning Styles

Emphasis is on independent learning, research skills, and project based research, development & presentation skills. Formal teaching for each unit will prepare you for all assignments and external assessments.

Work Experience

Work experience placements can be arranged with local Travel and Tourism organisations.

Extra-Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Visits to national tourist attractions
  • Visits to employers and Higher Education institutions
  • Guest speakers
  • Mock interviews


Assessment is through assignment work. In the second year, one unit is assessed partially through practicals (customer service skills).

profile student

Max Ryding

Tourism - Hanley Castle High School
I enjoy Travel and Tourism as it is made up of many different topics such as Business and Geography all mixed into one. I have also found it a refreshing change to the conventional subjects studied at school. The research aspect has helped expand my knowledge whilst also giving me key skills to help in my other courses. It’s a very wellrounded subject that has fitted in well with my other two subjects, Business and IT. The course looks at the sector as a whole; how it operates and how businesses have adapted to changing markets. This has helped me greatly with Business as the same key skills are needed for both. After College, I plan to study International Business at degree level and then will look to teach abroad after university.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to do degree courses in Tourism Management or Event Management. Others opt for employer training schemes such as those run by major travel agencies, airlines and leisure companies, or do specialist qualifications such as ABTA or airline ticketing.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 or above.N/ACommitment to work in a group. Willingness to complete independent research.Residential trip eg to Paris £300 approx. (optional). Local trips approx. £15 each.

Qualifications & Enrollment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding Body
Certificate½ A Level (1 Block)1 yearPearson Edexcel
Diploma1 A Level (1 Block)1 year (to be studied in Year 2 after successful completion of Certificate)Pearson Edexcel

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