A career in travel and tourism can literally take you around the world

If you want to be part of an exciting, constantly changing industry that enables you to travel, meet new people and develop transferable skills, then travel and tourism is for you. The sector covers a wide range of roles including holiday representatives, airline work, conferencing and events.

So if you’re an outgoing, friendly, people person and work well under pressure then we can help you get your career off to a flying start.

Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme

Travel & Tourism Intermediate Level 2 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Level 3 Study Programme

Travel & Tourism Advanced Level 3 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)


International Travel & Tourism Management BTEC HNC/HND (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: 1 year

3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths

OR Travel & Tourism Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.

Level 3 Study Programme

Duration: 1 year to gain the Introduction Diploma in Travel & Tourism

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or A*–C ideally including English and maths. A genuine interest in working in the industry is desirable

Duration: 2 years to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Travel & Tourism

  • You must complete the Introductory Diploma before progressing

A-Level profile demonstrating strong performance in a relevant subject
OR BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism
OR Equivalent related Level 3 qualification
OR Access to Higher Education Diploma
A good level of written and spoken English

Travel & Tourism BTEC HNC in International Travel & Tourism management (1st year)

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Overview

This study programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for working in a junior position within the travel and tourism industry. You will develop your selling and communication skills and learn about tourist information services, worldwide travel destinations and the structure of the travel industry.

Level 3 Overview

This study programme, designed by travel and tourism professionals, will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to a range of different sectors within the travel and tourism industry. Your personal skills will be expanded through a variety of assessment methods to prepare you for the workplace. The study programme will cover the world of travel and tourism, global destinations, the conference and event industry, tour operations, travel agency operations, worldwide passenger airlines and managing the customer experience.

HNC & HND Overview

Using a combination of practical and academic approaches, you will learn about operational practice as well as UK and international travel and tourism. Whether you are new to the industry or have experience of working in a related organisation, this qualification will enhance your career prospects. You will have the option to complete a variety of trips and visits to enhance your studies. Past residential destinations have included Dubai and Malta.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.


  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
Jemima Travel TC
Travel & Tourism Level 3

Jemima Childs

My favourite part of the course is the roleplays. When we studied Children’s Holiday Reps we had to make up an activity for other groups to enjoy; our’s was a three-legged obstacle course! We have also studied Customer Service, Business, Reps for Different Ages and the UK as a destination.

Next year we will study a unit on Cabin Crew. My plan after College is to travel back to the Philippines and apply to work with one of the airlines as Cabin Crew, before retraining to eventually become a Pilot.

Our tutors are very fun and engaging. They will help wherever they can and you can email them for one to one help. The workloads at College are bigger than at school but there is a lot more assistance and the environment is more relaxed, so you don’t feel pressured.

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