Travel & Tourism at Mark Rutherford

(part of the Business Studies Department)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Who is this qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is intended as an Applied A-Level. It is designed for post-16 students with an interest in Business and Travel & Tourism who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and is designed to give a broad introduction to the travel and tourism industry, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental working and business skills that are transferable across other sectors.

What does this qualification cover?
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.
  • Different types of destinations and their importance
  • Customer service – learners will explore and apply ways of managing internal and external customer experience to support organisational success and develop their customer service skills.

How is it assessed?
The styles of assessment used for qualifications in the travel and tourism are:

  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

What could this qualification lead to?
In addition to the travel and tourism sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop transferable skills, which are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. It combines well with a large number of subjects at Level 3, whether academic or vocational.

Leisure & Tourism is taught by is own specialist teacher at KS4. For more information contact

Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: