BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) and/or Diploma (HND) in International Travel and Tourism Management (RQF)

Teaching and Learning Culture

Each unit is delivered in 3 or 6-hour sessions (depending on the weight of the unit) two days a week (Monday – Tuesday for Weekday Classes / Saturday – Sunday for Weekend Classes) for 10 weeks per 15 credits minimum totalling 60 guided learning hours. Methods of learning include lectures, discussions, use of visual aids, websites and online resources, handouts of readings, exercises and worksheets, workshops, pair and group work, presentation, seminars and one to one sessions with the tutor. Teaching aims to engage students as active learners. In addition, students need to carry out directed learning, including thorough research and completing their assignments in their own time during outside class hours. During the term, specific amount of time is given in addition to class hours for individual tutorials whilst students work on their assignments. This is designed so that students can develop over the programme as independent learners. Study skills training and learning support are provided with a view to increasing both technical or occupational subject skills and personal competencies such as critical thinking and communication skills.

Assessment Methods

Students are handed assignment briefs after the second week of each term. Assessment is carried out using a wide range of methods, including evaluation of written reports, oral presentation and observations of practical work. Students will be required to demonstrate that they have attained a good understanding of each module by meeting all the learning outcomes, as described in the unit specification in order to gain a pass. Further advanced grades of merit or distinction may also be awarded to students who meet the descriptors for those awards detailed in the assignment briefs. Once a student’s assignment has been submitted, the tutors mark and provide qualitative feedback in the form of both written and verbal evaluations against each criteria given for learning outcomes. All assessment feedback is verified by both internal and external assessors. The student has reasonable opportunity to resubmit their work if necessary and are given the opportunity to appeal through both Docklands Academy London and Pearson appeals procedures.

Progression and Awards

Students commence by enrolling on the Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme, and upon successful completion of units worth 120 credits at the end of the first year of study, progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme. Having achieved 240 Credits, students are awarded the Higher National Diploma (HND). Students who are not able to progress or who wish to complete only one year of studies can be awarded the Higher National Certificate (HNC). Where one or more units are completed but there is no further progression, students may claim the relevant unit certificate(s).

Course Content

BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) and/or Diploma (HND) in International Travel and Tourism Management (RQF)

The BTEC Higher National Certificate and/or Diploma in International Travel and Tourism Management provides a work-related programme of management studies that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the Travel and Tourism industry.  They gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification, which will help with progression to work as a manager and leader, or towards a related university degree with just another top-up year such as Business or Leisure and Tourism Management.

2023 – 2024 Academic Year Term dates:
TermStart DateEnd Date
Autumn Term14.10.202319.12.2023
Spring Term27.01.202402.04.2024
Summer Term18.05.202427.07.2024
Awarding BodyPearson Edexcel
Intermediate awardBTEC Level 4 / Higher National Certificate in International Travel and Tourism Management
Final award BTEC Level 5 / Higher National Diploma in International Travel and Tourism Management
Mode of Study

Full Time / Blended-Learning (50% online.) / Two days a week

Weekday Groups –>  Mondays (on-site) / Tuesdays (online)

Weekend Group –>  Saturdays (on-site) / Sundays (online)

 Course LengthHNC = 1 year (3 terms / 10 weeks each)
HND = 1 year (3 terms / 10 weeks each)  
 Programme Specification & Student Handbook Please see the link below for full specification and student handbook:

 Admission Criteria / Entry Requirements for the HNC Programme

 Please see individual course details for the specific entry requirements of each course and the Academy`s minimum (benchmark) entry requirements on DAL Procedure 4.1 Enrolment and Selection.

For Non-English speakers and/or students who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English, English language proficiency Level B2: 

  • IELTS UKVI –> 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each of the components)
  • Cambridge FCE –> 160 / Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English General (PTE) –> Level 3 
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) –> 42  
  • Pearson Versant English Test 58-68 
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) –> 39 

and one of the following :   

  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • the equivalent in other qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate / Foundation programme
  • a relevant Level 3 qualification / an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution / Recognised Sixth Form or College or High School Diploma
  • at least 2-year continuous relevant work experience 
 Admission Criteria / Entry Requirements for the HND Programme

 English language proficiency Level B2: 

  • IELTS UKVI –> 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each of the components)
  • Cambridge FCE –> 160 / Grade C 
  • Pearson Test of English General (PTE)–>Level 3
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) –> 42 
  • Pearson Versant English Test 58-68 
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) –> 39

 and a Relevant HNC / Level 4 qualification.

 Course Fee

HNC£6165 (1st year study)
HND£6165 (2nd year study)
Total: £12,330 

Student Funding is available for UK and EU nationals (depending on their visa status) for this course. The students who are eligible to access Tuition Fee Loans via the Student Loans Company (SLC) should produce a proof of a loan approval or at least a proof of a loan application at the time of enrolment. Students without any loan evidence may be enrolled on a course at the Academy’s discretion on a Pending Fees Status. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their student loan application is successful and completed. Should a student fail to secure a loan the Academy will request payment by other means. For detailed information, please refer to Procedure 4.14 Fees, Charges and Financial Support or check your eligibility at


The Academy’s Internal Evaluation

The benchmark entry requirements listed on DAL Procedure 4.1 Enrolment and Selection are only a part of the information we use to build a picture of the applicants’ academic ability and potential. That’s why, applicants who are eligible for application then:

  • are invited to complete a written Entry Test depending upon their current qualifications, which consists of two sections: English Proficiency Test and Diagnostic Mathematics Test.
  • (Following the written Entry Test) are invited for an interview which serves as both a need analysis questionnaire designed to identify their employment goals, academic and development needs, and an English Speaking and Listening skill test to ascertain their English Language level along with the written test.

Admissions via alternative criteria (BTEC Programmes)

The term ‘alternative assessment’ is applied to applicants seeking admission who hold qualifications which do not satisfy benchmark entry requirements or programme-specific entry requirements. All students offering non-standard qualifications are expected to demonstrate the same level of academic potential as those offering standard qualifications. To be considered for special entry, the applicant must possess one of the types of qualifications listed on DAL Procedure 4.1 Enrolment and Selection.

Conditional Offers may be granted on the basis that a student has shown adequate academic application but needs some assistance with their English prior to commencement of study. In this instance, English language support will be offered to the applicant (with an additional fee) until they reach to the entry requirement level for the course. Students wishing to study on a part-time basis should apply to the Academy directly. Requirements for admission for part-time study are identical to those applying for full- time study subject to availability at the time of the enquiry.


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