BTEC Nationals are level 3 (Advanced) courses which are well respected by universities and employers. They are vocational courses with the emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and help you to develop the skills needed for a particular line of work. BTECs have few or no exams and are assessed by written assignments, practical and project work. The Diploma is equivalent to two A levels and can be studied alongside an A level depending on GCSE grades and timetable.
Hospitality is very important to the modern workforce, yet there is a shortage of skilled workers. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a specialist work-related qualification which will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding that you need for future employment or further study in higher education. You can choose to study the first year only and receive a subsidiary diploma rather than the full diploma that takes two years.
Successful completion of the course could lead to higher education for an HNC/HND, foundation degree or degree, to employment or an apprenticeship in the hospitality industry. Suitable areas of employment include working in Hotels, conference centres, contract catering organisations, entertainment or event venues etc, in roles such as administration, human resources, reception services, accommodation services etc.
You should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language. A BTEC First Diploma in hospitality (Merit) or related qualifications will also be considered. Personal commitment, enthusiasm and problem solving skills are essential.
You will study a range of core mandatory units and specialist units. These include: Human resources, financial control, front office operations, E-business, event organisation, marketing, customer service etc. In all units the emphasis is on the practical application of knowledge and skills.
Assessment is by an interesting variety of coursework, practical, projects, assignments and examinations.
The standard commitment for this course in terms of lesson time in college is 10 hours per week.
The Subsidiary Diploma will be awarded after successful completion of year one with an option to complete the full Diploma in year two.
The course is taught in well-equipped specialist rooms with access to our library and open learning centre. All students also have access to the College’s Sports Centre.
We recommend that you buy a course textbook (to be advised) and you will need to supply your own stationery, memory stick and A4 ringbinder.
There are opportunities for course related trips and visits, including a trip to the annual ‘Hotelympia’ exhibition in either London or Birmingham and an optional overseas residential study tour. We encourage students to arrange industry related part time work experience around their studies.