Northern Regional College

Full Time Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

Northern Regional College
In Newtownabbey

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Important information

Typology BTEC
Location Newtownabbey (Northern Ireland)
Duration 2 Years
  • BTEC
  • Newtownabbey (Northern Ireland)
  • Duration:
    2 Years

A Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start or progress a career. It is equivalent to three A Levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education first. A Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma can be taken full-time or part-time and is equally suitable for school leavers and mature students. Progression Routes Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges). If you want to get a job straight away you could work in the Travel and Tourism industry in careers such as Tour and Travel Operations, Travel Agents, Airline and Airport Operations, Hotel Management, Conference and Event Management, Customer Services, Holiday Rep, Adventure Tourism, Visitor Attractions, Public Sector Tourism, Heritage, Entertainment and Leisure, Transport etc. If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism and Hospitality, Event Management or other related areas.

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Where and when



Newtownabbey (County Antrim)
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400 Shore Road, BT37 9RS


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· Requirements

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C, or above, or other relevant qualifications, or appropriate work experience

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What you'll learn on the course

Full Time

Course programme

2 years, Full-time
Awarding Body
Entry Requirements
Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C, or above, or other relevant qualifications, or appropriate work experience

Course Content

Units include

  • Investigating Travel and Tourism
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

Special Features
The programme is designed specifically for those intending to seek a career in Travel and Tourism. In addition to classroom teaching and in support of your studies, there will be visits to local facilities and events. Students will receive talks from guest speakers and industry experts and there may an opportunity for students to achieve a Welcome Host qualification.
Ballymena All new students partake in an induction programme. A period of work placement in Year 1 and/or Year 2 is also included to help students gain up to date experience of the operations of Travel and Tourism organisations. Students have the opportunity to participate in local/international residentials. Students also have opportunities to study four certified part-time programmes entitled Certificate in Airline and Airport Customer Care, Certificate in Airline and Airport Passenger Service Agent Skills, Certificate in Cabin Crew Operations and Certificate in Setting Up a Tourism Business.

Coleraine All new students will partake in a four-day induction programme. This will include a two-day residential trip which aims to introduce students to the local tourism industry. Students will also participate in a fund raising Business Enterprise project which is designed to raise funds for an overseas trip during the second of the course. All students will complete a Welcome Host qualification at Coleraine campus and Essential Skill qualifications in numeracy and literacy are also available.
Newtownabbey Residential visit in Year 2 of the Programme. Visits (including the Residential visit) will be funded by students. A period of work placement in Year 2 will also be included. This will help students appreciate the operation of a travel and tourism organisation in the 21st Century.

Assessment Methods
Units are internally assessed and graded by lecturers. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

On completion of the course students will have achieved a full Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism which is equivalent to three A Levels. Essential Skill qualifications and the Welcome Host qualification are also achievable.

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