West Thames College London

Foundation Travel and Business - BTEC Level 1 Certificates

Foundation Learning courses are designed to give you the skills to progress to Level 2. This course is made up of two qualifications: Level 1 Certificate in Business (September to December) and Level 1 Certificate in Travel and Tourism (January - June). You will start by working towards the Business modules. If you successfully achieve all the modules and have good attendance you will then be registered for the second qualification (Travel and Tourism).

Key course features


BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Business and BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people with few qualifications.

About the course

The course will encourage you to develop the practical skills and essential know-how required for today’s rapidly expanding world of travel and tourism. You will have the opportunity to develop both general and specialist skills. You will complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

This course covers business administration units from September to December, then travel and tourism units from January to June.

Travel and tourism:

You will study:

  • The UK Travel Industry
  • The UK Tourism Industry
  • UK Travel and Tourism Destinations
  • Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
  • Locational Geography
  • Planning for and taking part in a visit

Business administration:

You will study:

  • Creating business documents
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Working in business administration
  • Recording business transactions
  • Rights and responsibilities.

You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English.

Additional opportunities

The course includes visits and work based activities.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed via assignments which are individually graded. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Where next?
If you successfully complete all the modules you can go on to the Level 2 BTEC First Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism, Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Business or an apprenticeship.
Entry requirements
None, but you will have an assessment and interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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