This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the travel and tourism industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in travel and tourism-related subjects.
The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is intended as an Applied General qualification. It is designed for post-16 learners with an interest in travel and tourism who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education. This qualification gives a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills that are transferable across other sectors.
The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and is designed to occupy one-third of a typical study programme, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications, such as another BTEC National or A Level.
4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
• Mandatory content (83%).
• External assessment (58%).
1. The World of Travel and Tourism (external)
2. Global Destinations (external)
3. Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism (external)
4. Visitor Attractions
5. Events, Conferences and Exhibitions
This qualification includes three mandatory units covering the following content areas.
- The travel and tourism industry – the travel and tourism industry in the UK is growing and is of major importance to the economy. Learners will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK.
- Different types of destinations and their importance – learners will investigate the features and appeal of global destinations.
- Principles of marketing in travel and tourism – learners will explore how to develop a successful marketing plan for use by travel and tourism organisations to attract and engage with customers using research data.
This course is assessed through a number of different formats including internal and external assessments and both coursework and examination.
Externally-assessed units - These units have been developed to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners are permitted to resit external assessments during their programme.
Internally-assessed units - These units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that we set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit
Synoptic assessment - Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task. BTEC learning has always encouraged learners to apply their learning in realistic contexts using scenarios and realistic activities that will permit learners to draw on and apply their learning.
4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.