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Travel & Tourism Management BTEC HNC

This course explores the dynamic and exciting travel and tourism industry. Using a combination of practical and academic approaches, you will learn about operational practice as well as the strategic development of the UK and international travel and tourism. The course is designed to fit around your family and working life. Whether you are new to the travel and tourism business or have experience of working in a related organisation the qualification will enhance your career prospects. There is an option to 'top up' to an HND during the second year of the course. Many universities offer a 'top up' course to convert an HND to a full degree in as little as one year.


“I found the teaching style at the College was different to school.  We did a lot of group projects so I learnt how to work effectively in a team with others to produce a good piece of work.  My class also went on trips to enhance our learning, for example we went to the London Olympics to see how they organised such a large event behind the scenes.”

“I can honestly say that Bedford College has changed my life. Before I started College I was very shy and I never put my hand up in class.  Now I’ve got a lot more confidence, I’m more enthusiastic and I regularly volunteer and participate in discussions.”

“The teachers were fantastic – they understood how hard it was for me to balance studying with bringing up a family.  I couldn’t have completed the course without their support and I actually managed to get distinctions every term.  Now I’m going to Northampton University to top-up my HND to a full degree and I can’t wait.  Hopefully this should help me move another step closer to my dream job in terminal management at Heathrow Airport.”

Sumandeep - Travel & Tourism HND

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32 UCAS points from A-Levels, OR
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification.

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

Course content

This course is designed to give you an in depth understanding of the industry environment and the opportunities it offers to organisations and individuals. You will focus on specific areas such as marketing, destinations and contemporary issues affecting the industry.

Units may include:

  • The Travel & Tourism Sector
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Contemporary Issues in Travel & Tourism
  • Passenger Transport Operations
  • Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Finance and Funding
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management
  • Employability Skills.

You will be offered the opportunity to participate in trips and visits during the course. These are designed to aid your coursework and enhance your ability to achieve.

Assessment methods

Teaching is a mixture of classroom based lessons, e-learning, tutorials and self-study. You should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in independent study. Each unit is assessed using a variety of methods including, written assignments, presentations, and practical activities and demonstrations. There are no external examinations. The assessment will develop your work related skills such as analysis, problem solving, decision making, communication and presentation skills. These will enhance your self-confidence allowing you to progress your career aims.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment.

Additional information

A travel fund payment of £100 per year will be taken on enrolment to cover the cost of trips and study visits. At this level you will be expected to commit yourself to research and carry out a significant amount of additional study outside College.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code N810. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 24/09/2018 £5500 Cauldwell Street H1488

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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