Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Overview (NV)

Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Course length
22 weeks


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Travel and Tourism is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in the travel and tourism sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment and progression opportunities to higher education and professional development programmes within relevant areas of study, within universities and other institutions. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level. It comprises of two mandatory units: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector and The UK as a Destination. You will also be required to undertake an additional unit in terms one or two.  

On successful completion of The National Certificate students can progress on to the Travel and Tourism Extended Diploma.

Why should I choose this course?

  • This course is perfect for those who are fascinated by tourism and travel, seeing different places and meeting new people
  • It will prepare students for a wide variety of interesting and unusual careers within the travel and tourism sector
  • Practical, work related assignments make this course suitable for all students, regardless of academic background
  • Work-focused modules will also provide students with valuable transferable skills for career progression while they study
  • There are great opportunities to progress to foundation degree or degree studies once you have successfully completed the course

New facilities for 2019

As part of UCB's ongoing investment, students on this course will have use of exciting new simulation facilities, including a state-of-the-art, mock plane cabin. The facilities, which are due to open in Autumn 2019, will also include check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. Find out more.

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 4 (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 

Institute of Travel and Tourism

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

You will mainly be assessed through coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve industry-related visits. Previous visits have included London, Oxford, York and Cardiff.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent.
  • Or a BTEC level 2 Diploma
  • Alternatively, at least 2 years’ relevant work experience
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the tourism industry
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. 
What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector

This unit enables learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector and the industries that operate within it. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of how the sector has developed over the last 50 years, what it is today and how it is being affected by current trends and factors.

The UK as a Destination

This unit enables learners to develop their ability to unearth the potential of locations across the UK as tourist destinations. Additionally, students will gain an overview of the UK tourism product and how it attracts and meets the needs of domestic and inbound visitors. Learners will develop their understanding of the factors that affect international and domestic tourism within the UK. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their research skills through the exploration of UK tourist destinations and their locations.

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 4 (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

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 (NV)

Work placement

You will undertake a two week block placement in terms 1 and 2.

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. 

Careers (NV)


The ever-changing nature of travel and tourism means career opportunities are broad and varied. You might be attracted by roles in retail travel, passenger transport, tourist attractions, airports and airlines. Hotels, conferences and events, holiday resorts, and hospitality and entertainment venues also have opportunities complemented perfectly by this qualification. 


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.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their careers in industry.

Razmin Begum

Razmin Begum

Travel and Tourism

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Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker

Travel and Tourism

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Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

Travel and Tourism

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