University College Birmingham Travel and Tourism

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University College Birmingham Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism with Languages BTEC Level 3

Course length
2 years full-time


You will learn about the exciting travel and tourism industry, including UK and long-haul destinations, as you boost your foreign language skills.

Tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourist attractions are just some of the businesses seeking to recruit new talent and this course will put you in a strong position. The ability to speak a foreign language is a huge advantage in the global travel and tourism industry, allowing you to communicate verbally as well as via electronic mail and social media in a host of exciting markets and destinations.

Fluency in a second language will help you stand out as a job candidate and broaden the countries you can work in and the roles you can fulfil. It is a passport to a world of opportunities – and this course will get you on your way.

Your studies will include a number of day trips and residential visits to a range of destinations and attractions within the UK.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop a wide range of tourism-related knowledge and skills – with the bonus of learning a language
  • You will develop professional attributes that will boost your job prospects in the tourism industry
  • You will be well place to apply for a degree course at University College Birmingham
  • You will have a variety of career paths to choose from – so your options are open
  • It is an ideal course if you like meeting new people and enjoy exciting experiences
  • You will have a language skill for life

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Travel and Tourism industry.

  • Measurement of weight is of importance in weighing luggage at the airport.
  • The ability to calculate costs and distances is of obviously importance throughout the industry.
  • Fractions are used to calculate discounts when booking hotels or arranging travel.
  • The ability to make conversions is key in changing money into other currencies.


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of marketing materials
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions and researching destinations/summarising travel itineraries
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business

Entry requirements

Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.

Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths, English and a language (either French or Spanish), or a BTEC First Diploma with a minimum of a Merit Profile, or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.

School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.