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Higher National Certificate in Travel & Tourism Management
Department of Hospitality & Tourism

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Award   Higher National Certificate  HNC Course Title   Travel & Tourism Management
UCAS Code   138N Award Level   QCF 4
Start Dates   September and January Study Mode  Part-Time [1 year ]
Awarding Body  Pearson BTEC
  1. Entry Requirements
  2. Course Overview
  3. Course Structure
  4. Course Content
  5. Progression
  6. Professional Recognition
  7. Fees
  8. Apply Online

Course Overview

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

    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.


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. 

Professional Recognition

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.

Course Structure

    To qualify for the Higher National Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management students must achieve at least 120 credits.

    • A minimum of 65 credits must be at level 4

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

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2013/2014

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Yearly Fees
International Students
Foundation Diploma £1,687.50 £2,493.00 2 years
Higher National Certificate
(excludes Engineering)
£2,730.00 £2,975.00 2 years
Higher National Diploma
(excludes Engineering)
£3,640.00 £3,967.00 3 years
Higher National Certificate
£2,730.00 £3,300.00 2 years
Higher National Diploma
£3,640.00 £4,400.00 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma £1,993.00 £2,820.00 2 years
Postgraduate Standard Diploma £2,360.00 £3,350.00 1 year
Top up degree programmes
New/Current Students
(excluding Enginneering)
£2,730.00 £2,975.00 2 years
Top up degree programmes
New/Current Students
£2,730.00 £3,300.00 2 years

Important Notes

  • The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study materials or accommodation fees.
  • 5% discount is offered to self-paying students who settle the annual tuition fees in full before the start of the course. This discount applies only when the annual fee is £4000.00+.
  • Administrative charges of £100.00 or £150.00 apply to payments by installments (please refer to payment policy for details).
  • Additional fees per module apply to re-assessments and re-take modules.
  • A graduation fee of £200.00 will be charged to all students attending the Graduation Ceremony.Students who do not wish to attend their Graduation Ceremony will be charged £30
    £200 graduation certification fee, depending on the award and additional services requested (eg apostille, international postage, notary public certification, etc). These charges are due on the final year of study.

Home Students

To be classified as a home student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
  • you must be a British or EU national
  • you must have resided in the European Union for three years prior to the start of your course
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
  • an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
  • a spouse/partner/dependent visa
  • any other visa which permits you to remain and work in the UK without any restrictions

Online Application

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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:Specialist

    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:Specialist

    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:Specialist

    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:Specialist

    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.

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