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Higher National Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management
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Awarding Body  Pearson BTEC Course Title  Travel & Tourism Management
Award  Higher National Diploma   Award Level  QCF 5
UCAS Code HND038N Study Mode 
Start Dates September 2018 and January 2019 Duration 2 years
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability
  7. Professional Recognition

About this course

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis.

The course combines travel, tourism and management subjects. You will explore key travel and tourism, such as, tourist destinations, visitor attraction management, tour operations, special interest 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

    If 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 equivalent.
    • 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
    • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
    • Baccalaureate/International Baccalaureate
    • An equivalent foreign qualification
    • 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 work sector.

Careers and employability

Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas 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.

On successful completion of your Higher National Diploma you can progress directly to a 1-year BA (Hons) degree top up.

Professional Recognition

Pearson BTEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations.

The recognition of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) 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:

Year 1
HNTT 101The Travel and Tourism Sector - 4415
HNTT 102Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 5515
HNTT 103The Developing Manager - 5515
HNTT 105Marketing in Travel and Tourism - 4415
HNTT 106Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism - 4415
HNTT 107Sustainable Tourism Development - 5515
HNTT 109Tourist Destinations - 4415
HNTT 120Visitor Attraction Management - 4415

Year 2
HNTT 104Research Project - 5520
HNTT 108Legislation and Ethics in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 5 515
HNTT 110Business Health Check - 5515
HNTT 112Hospitality Provision in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 4 415
HNTT 113Special Interest Tourism - 5515
HNTT 114Tour Operations Management - 4415
HNTT 118Human Resource Management for Service Industries - 5515
HNTT 123Personal and Professional Development - 5515

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.

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

More Information:

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2017/2018

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2017/2018

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years

Important Notes

Undergraduate funding (2017/18)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
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.

Part-time study
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

Repaying loans
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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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 tourism.

    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]

Unit type:Specialist

    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 popularity.

    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 tourism sector.

    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]

Unit type:Specialist

    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.

Research Project - 5 [HNTT 104]

Unit type:Core

    To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their higher education programme and professional development.

    This unit is designed for learners to become confident in the use of research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, a variety of methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the unit satisfactorily, learners must also understand the theory that underpins formal research.

    The research itself is dependent on the learner, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. The unit draws together a range of other areas of content within the programme of study to form a holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study.

Legislation and Ethics in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 5 [HNTT 108]

Unit type:Core

    This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the legal and regulatory framework, health, safety, security and consumer protection laws and business ethics in travel and tourism.

    This unit gives learners an insight into the legal and moral issues that permeate the travel and tourism sector. It is further intended to provide an introduction to the legal and regulatory framework that is necessary for effective operation within a number of industries within the travel and tourism sector.

    Learners will interpret and apply a range of regulations and legislation within the appropriate vocational context. They will explore the legal and regulatory framework utilising real cases and consider the impact of important precedents.

    Learners will also have the opportunity to explore the place of business ethics in the travel and tourism sector. They will consider a range of current ethical dilemmas and the role of business ethics in the mitigation of these. Learners will conclude by applying the principles of business ethics in producing a corporate social responsibility policy for a travel and tourism business.

Business Health Check - 5 [HNTT 110]

Unit type:Specialist

    This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the focuses of the business, gain skills to develop plans, and evaluate and develop management and staff skills.

    This unit introduces learners to the process of carrying out a business health check. Learners will study how techniques can be applied to track the progress of a business and amend its direction depending on what is happening inside and outside the business at any time.

    Learners will consider issues such as turnover, profitability, sales and marketing, customer and employee satisfaction, quality of products or services, productivity and product development. They will also take into account the interests of stakeholders, such as owners, customers, staff, backers and suppliers.

    Learners will also develop techniques to review management and staffing skills and enable them to respond to new challenges.

    Learners must ensure that their evidence is in a travel and tourism context.

Hospitality Provision in the Travel and Tourism Sector - 4 [HNTT 112]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain understanding of the role of the hospitality industry, the impact of integration, and gain skills to plan hospitality businesses.

    This unit introduces learners to the diversity of the hospitality industry and enables them to investigate the hospitality industry in a travel and tourism context. Learners will consider the impact of integration on the hospitality industry and the possible future implications of this in a broader context.

    Learners are provided with the opportunity to select an area of interest to design and develop in an outline format, bringing together theory and practice in the creative design of a hospitality business reflecting current trends and the needs of selected customer groups.

Special Interest Tourism - 5 [HNTT 113]

Unit type:Specialist

    This unit enables learners to gain understanding of special interest tourism, its management and
    issues, the types of products, services and tourists, and its appeal and motivation for customers.

    Special interest tourism (SIT) is replacing the traditional ‘sea, sand and sun’ type holiday for many
    people. Examples range from weekend painting in the Dales to working as a conservation
    volunteer in a remote part of the world. Most types are available all year round, somewhere,
    through the large range of providers, which can now reach their market via the internet. Growth
    and diversity give an exciting dimension to the range of tourism products on offer.

    In this unit learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the evolution of special
    interest tourism and the nature of its providers, their product range and the diversity of their
    customers. They will explore competitive factors, appeal and motivation of tourists taking these
    ‘packages’, and investigate the sometimes complex management needs and issues which affect
    operations and delivery.

Tour Operations Management - 4 [HNTT 114]

Unit type:Specialist

    This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the tour operators industry, the stages involved in creating holidays, brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays, and strategic decision making.

    Learners will investigate the tour operators industry of the travel and tourism sector, including the different types of operator, their products and services, the scale of the industry and how it has been affected by trends and developments. Management issues will be covered by examining strategic and tactical decision making in order to develop learners’ decision-making skills.

    Learners will explore the stages involved in creating a holiday and develop skills associated with determining a selling price for a holiday from given information.

    The role of the brochure will be reviewed against the introduction of new methods of promoting holidays. Learners will also review distribution methods used by tour operators to sell holidays, including the traditional use of travel agencies and the emergence of methods such as the internet and television.

Human Resource Management for Service Industries - 5 [HNTT 118]

Unit type:Specialist

    This unit looks at the key elements in human resource management. Learners will investigate employment law and how it affects service industries businesses. They will also investigate the current state of employee relations in service industries. Learners will examine the practicalities of the recruitment and selection process in order to develop the skills required to effectively administer this human resources function. Learners will investigate training and development in service industries businesses to determine the contribution they make to an effective business.

Personal and Professional Development - 5 [HNTT 123]

Unit type:Specialist

    This unit aims to help the learner become an effective and confident self-directed employee. This helps the learner become confident in managing own personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals.

    This unit is designed to enable learners to assess and develop a range of professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career development. It also aims to develop learners’ ability to organise, manage and practise a range of approaches to improve their performance as self-directed learners in preparation for work or further career development.

    Its emphasis is on the needs of the individual but within the context of how the development of self-management corresponds with effective team management in meeting objectives.

    Learners will be able to improve their learning, be involved with teamwork and be more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and real-life activities.

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