Travel and Tourism with Languages BTEC Level 3
- Course length
- 2 years full-time
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You will learn about the exciting travel and tourism industry, including UK and long-haul destinations, as you boost your foreign language skills.
Tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourist attractions are just some of the businesses seeking to recruit new talent and this course will put you in a strong position. The ability to speak a foreign language is a huge advantage in the global travel and tourism industry, allowing you to communicate verbally as well as via electronic mail and social media in a host of exciting markets and destinations.
Fluency in a second language will help you stand out as a job candidate and broaden the countries you can work in and the roles you can fulfil. It is a passport to a world of opportunities – and this course will get you on your way.
Your studies will include a number of day trips and residential visits to a range of destinations and attractions within the UK.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will develop a wide range of tourism-related knowledge and skills – with the bonus of learning a language
- You will develop professional attributes that will boost your job prospects in the tourism industry
- You will be well place to apply for a degree course at University College Birmingham
- You will have a variety of career paths to choose from – so your options are open
- It is an ideal course if you like meeting new people and enjoy exciting experiences
- You will have a language skill for life
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Travel and Tourism industry.
- Measurement of weight is of importance in weighing luggage at the airport.
- The ability to calculate costs and distances is of obviously importance throughout the industry.
- Fractions are used to calculate discounts when booking hotels or arranging travel.
- The ability to make conversions is key in changing money into other currencies.
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of marketing materials
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
- Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions and researching destinations/summarising travel itineraries
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve trips and residential visits to a variety of locations.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.
Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths, English and a language (either French or Spanish), or a BTEC First Diploma with a minimum of a Merit Profile, or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.
If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.
What will I study?
- Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector
- The Business of Travel and Tourism
- UK Visitor Attractions/European Destinations
- Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
- UK as a Destination/ Long Haul Travel Destinations
- Preparing Employability for Travel and Tourism
- Airline Fares and Ticketing
- Marketing Travel and Tourism Products and Services
- Working as a Holiday Rep
- Retail Travel Operations
- Hospitality Operations in Travel and Tourism
- Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
- Entertainment for Holidaymakers
- Passenger Transport for Travel and Tourism
- Business Tour Operations
- Responsible Tourism
- Cabin Crew
You can choose to study either French or Spanish at intermediate level and in addition have the opportunity to improve a language you already speak (if you have achieved a GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) – and also take another language at beginner’s level.
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
Work placement is an integral part of the travel and tourism course whereby each year group has the opportunity to gain practical experience of the work place environment. There are exciting opportunities to take part in UK and overseas residential educational visits and complete related projects. One week work placements are arranged in your first year where you will learn transferable skills in customer service roles in businesses such as hotels, visitor attractions and conference/event venues.
In your second year you will also complete a work placement in a tourism related environment, usually within hotels or visitor attractions.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
The ever-changing nature of travel and tourism means career opportunities are extremely varied. You might be attracted to roles in retail travel, passenger transport, tourism attractions, airports and airlines. In addition, hotels, conference and events companies, holiday resorts, and hospitality and entertainment venues offer extensive opportunities.
You may want to build on your knowledge and move on to a foundation degree or degree in a related field, which could lead to higher paid jobs in the future. Students who successfully complete this course can progress to Aviation and Airport Management, International Tourism Business Management or International Tourism Management courses, all available at UCB and accredited by the University of Birmingham.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.