BTEC Higher National Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work
The course combines travel, tourism and management subjects. You will explore key travel and tourism, such as tourist destinations, visitor attraction management and sustainable tourism. You will also study management functions within travel and tourism, such as, finance, marketing and professional development.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Your studies will be supported by trips to trade exhibitions, career fairs and guest speakers from the industry. You will also develop your transferable skills such as critical analysis, project management, strategic planning and efficient business communication, to ensure that you have the awareness to succeed in the changing business world.
You will be assessed through individual and group projects, case studies, oral presentations, time-constrained and written assignments.
General Entry Requirements
you are under 21 years of age at the start of the course, you must have at least one
of the following:
At least one GCE A-level
pass. In addition, you should have appropriate supporting passes at GCSE
(including English and Maths at grade C or above) or Key Skills Level 2
qualifications in communication, IT and Application of Number or
A Level 3 qualification
such as: BTEC level 3 Diploma, National
Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/NVQ, AVCE/VCE, Foundation Certificate in a relevant subject
Access to Higher Education in a relevant subject
Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
An equivalent foreign
Any other level 3
qualification in a relevant subject
If you are over 21 years of age, you may demonstrate a more
varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work
experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their
Careers and employability
BTEC Higher National Certificates are well-established and internationally recognised qualifications to offering graduates progression directly to employment. This course will prepare you for a range of careers in travel and tourism management.
You can also study further for a Higher National Diploma or degree in a related subject.
BTEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations. The recognition of the BTEC Higher National Certificate is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies.
Students and graduates may be offered exemptions by professional bodies from parts of their own qualifications in relation to membership. Exemptions will be available from various professional bodies in the fields of hospitality, management and marketing.
What you will cover
You will study these modules:
The Travel and Tourism Sector - 4
Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 5
The Developing Manager - 5
Marketing in Travel and Tourism - 4
Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism - 4
Sustainable Tourism Development - 5
Tourist Destinations - 4
Visitor Attraction Management - 4
Online Application & Eligibility Assessment
Note: Please scan your supporting documents,
such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting
the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detail information.
Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £8,430 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.
The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you will be eligible for.
If you are a part-time student you can apply now for a tuition fee loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,500 per year.
The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees and not on your household income.
The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.
For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £21,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https://www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan
Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.
The Travel and Tourism Sector - 4 [HNTT 101]
This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the travel and tourism sector, the influence of
government, the effects of supply and demand, and the impacts of tourism.
This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the global environment within which the
travel and tourism sector operates. The unit examines the historical evolution of tourism, the
current structure of the tourism sector, the external influences on tourism and the impact
tourism has on host communities and the environment.
Learners will also undertake an investigation of international and national policies and assess
their influence on the tourism sector. The effects of political change on the sector’s operation will
also be examined.
Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 5 [HNTT 102]
The aim of this unit is to help learners acquire knowledge, skills and techniques that will assist
with management decision-making processes. The unit looks at the importance of costs, volume
and profit for management decision making in travel and tourism and the process and analytical
skills needed to understand financial information. Thus the majority of this unit considers financial
practices at the micro level, ie within a travel and tourism business. However, it also considers
issues at the macro level, ie funding arrangements for tourism project development.
The unit is designed for learners working towards a career at the supervisory/management level
in the travel and tourism sector. As a result of studying this unit they will gain a basic
understanding of financial systems and practices. This unit is not intended to be an in-depth
accountancy unit and should be delivered with this in mind.
The Developing Manager - 5 [HNTT 103]
This unit enables learners to gain understanding of behaviour management principles and gain
skills to review their managerial potential, show managerial roles and responsibilities and create a
career development plan.
This unit focuses on learners’ personal development and their career in management. It explores
a range of management behaviour principles and practices. Learners can then apply this
knowledge to self-appraisal, examining their potential as a prospective manager.
Using the knowledge developed throughout this qualification, learners will have the opportunity
to actively demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of a manager in an appropriate context. This
may be through part-time work, a work placement or simulation. This experience will enable
them to consider how the unit and the programme can contribute to their career development.
Learners must ensure that their evidence relates to the travel and tourism sector.
Marketing in Travel and Tourism - 4 [HNTT 105]
This unit enables learners to understand the concepts, principles and role of marketing and the
marketing mix, and gain skills to use the promotional mix in travel and tourism.
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the key concepts and principles of
marketing as they apply to the travel and tourism sector. The unit aims to equip learners with the
knowledge and understanding of the key factors affecting marketing environments and the role of
marketing in different industries within the travel and tourism sector.
The focus of this unit is initially on marketing at a strategic level before moving on to the
functional and operational aspects of marketing as the unit progresses. Learners will investigate
the implications for marketing in today’s competitive and service-based sector and will have the
opportunity to develop practical skills of marketing.
Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism - 4 [HNTT 106]
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain understanding of current issues and trends, and
the impacts of and responses to change in travel and tourism.
This unit allows learners to develop research skills within the context of a travel and tourism topic
of personal interest which may not be covered elsewhere on the qualification programme.
The unit introduces learners to current issues and trends in the travel and tourism sector.
Throughout the research and investigation of current issues and trends in the travel and tourism
sector learners will develop understanding of how the sector responds to change and the
impacts of change on the travel and tourism sector.
The unit has a practical focus that enables learners to develop the skills required before
undertaking small-scale projects. Learners should be able to justify their choice of issue prior to
exploring the issue in some depth. Throughout the research and investigation learners will
develop knowledge and understanding of particular key issues within the sector.
Sustainable Tourism Development - 5 [HNTT 107]
The aim of this unit is for learners to gain understanding of the rationale and different approaches
to tourism planning and development, sustainable tourism, current issues and impacts of
This unit aims to increase learners’ awareness of the need to plan and manage tourism at all
levels within an international, national, regional and local framework. Emphasis is placed on
current trends in planning for tourism development in a range of destinations. The stages in the
planning process are identified and learners will be encouraged to apply theoretical models to
practical case studies and site visits.
The principles and philosophy of sustainable development are introduced in this unit and learners
will be required to show an in-depth understanding of issues such as carrying capacities,
environmental impact and the guest-host relationships as they relate to current tourism
initiatives, eg access, conservation, enclave tourism.
Tourist Destinations - 4 [HNTT 109]
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain understanding of UK and worldwide destinations,
their cultural, social and physical features, their characteristics and issues affecting their
This unit introduces learners to the main UK and worldwide tourist destinations in terms of visitor
numbers and income generation and their location. Learners will look into the cultural, social and
physical features of those destinations and the issues and trends that affect their popularity, as
part of the essential selling skills and knowledge needed by managers within the travel and
Through studying visitor numbers, statistics and other relevant data, learners should be more
aware of past issues affecting tourism, enabling them to appreciate the impact they can have on
a destination and its continued popularity.
Visitor Attraction Management - 4 [HNTT 120]
This unit gives learners a broad understanding of the nature, development and management of visitor attractions. The unit highlights the range and importance of visitor attractions within the tourism sector and allows learners to explore the development process for establishing a new visitor attraction. The unit then explores the different types of visitor, their impacts and various theories of tourist motivation, which should aid the management of a visitor attraction. Key issues of visitor attraction management will also be investigated. Learners will explore the techniques available to managers of visitor attractions and how they can be used to achieve sustainability.