You must have five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications (including a full Level 2 qualification in Travel and Tourism). You'll need to attend an interview with the course tutors and be assessed on your level of Maths and English. You'll need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and enthusiasm during the induction process.
This is an in-depth, high quality foundation course covering a range of topics, some which are specific to Travel, Aviation and Hospitality, and others to develop your wider skills. You will work towards the following qualifications over two years:
• BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
• NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew
• NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground
The main BTEC National qualification is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. Learners will complete 13 units including The World of Travel & Tourism, Global Destinations, Managing the Customer Experience, and Business Operations.
Each year, learners will complete 30 hours of work experience which will allow them to put the theory they have learned into practice. Previous learners have completed placements at companies such as Premier Inn, Co-Operative Travel and Black Country Living Museum.
All learners on our Travel, Aviation and Hospitality courses are required to purchase and wear our travel uniform. Full details are given during enrolment.
During the study programme, learners have the opportunity to participate in study visits to local attractions and employers. Most trips are subsidised by the college, and are a mixture of day-trips and residential visits. Recent study visits have included Dubai, Goa, Florida, a three-day mini-cruise and Alton Towers.
Assessments vary for each unit as some units require external assessment (i.e. exams). Other assessment methods include coursework, role plays, presentations and practical skills.
On successful completion of the Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will achieve the equivalent of 3 A Levels and 48-168 UCAS points. You can then apply for university courses in subjects such as Tourism Management, Cruise Management or Aviation Management. Alternatively, you could progress to our Level 4 HNC in Travel and Tourism Management.
Employment is also an option, as this sector is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. After successfully completing this course, you can begin your career in the Travel, Aviation and Hospitality industry. Previous students have progressed into employment with major companies such as Premier Inn, Ramada Hotels and Swissport.