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Travel & Tourism

Travel and tourism enables students to explore one of the fastest growing industries in the UK with the industry growing at a rate of 4.2% a year. Within travel and tourism students will develop skills, knowledge and an understanding of the travel and tourism industry. They will have a opportunity to gain confidence by developing independent learning skills and applying their understanding in a practical way which will enable them to progress to further education and employment in travel and tourism.

BTEC Travel and Tourism

BTEC Level 1 /  Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism

At Key stage 4 students have the opportunity to study BTEC Travel and Tourism which is designed to allow students to understand the key elements that make up travel and tourism industries.


Core Units

Exam- externally assessed

  • Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector - this unit covers the main types of tourism in the UK, the contribution that travel and tourism makes to the UK economy and the different component industries that make up the UK travel and tourism sector.

Coursework- internally assessed

  • Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations - this unit covers what the different types of UK destinations have to offer, as well as locating tourist UK destinations and routes.

Optional units

Optional units' students will then complete two other internally assessed units for the selection below

  • Unit 3: The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK
  • Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations
  • Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 6: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification; the grades are Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction and Level 2 Distinction*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade.



A Level Travel and Tourism

At Key stage 5 students have the opportunity to study A level travel and tourism which is designed to develop the skills that are acquired at key stage 4.

The aims of travel and tourism are to encourage students to:

  • Develop an understanding of the issues affecting the development of the industry and its potential effect on employment opportunities
  • Develop an understanding the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry and the interdependence of its sectors
  • Understand the importance of customer service in the travel and tourism industry
  • Appreciate the positive and negative impacts travel and tourism may have on people, environment and economy.
  • Develop practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry
  • Recognise the impacts of tourism development and how these can be managed effectively

The Course Structure

At AS level you have to complete three units of study:

  • Unit 1: Introducing Travel and Tourism (Assessed by external examination)
  • Unit 2: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism (Assessed by coursework)
  • Unit 3: Travel Destinations (Assessed by coursework)

Students that choose to continue into A2 will study the following:

  • Unit 4: Tourism Development (Assessed by external examination)
  • Unit 5: Even Management (Assessed by coursework)
  • Unit 6: The Guided Tour (Assessed by coursework)

Fieldwork opportunities

During the A2 course students will have the opportunity to plan and run a trip for year 8 students to the London dungeons as part of their Event Management coursework and will complete research in Rochester to form a basis of their Guided Tour coursework.

Homework Requirements and Expectations

You will be given 6 hours of homework per week.

Private study is an essential part of the work at this level and, like homework, it is essential to your academic success.

The deadlines that are set are expected to be met, persistent missing of deadlines will result in the disciplinary procedure being followed. Private study periods are periods where students are expected to work without the immediate involvement of teachers

Recommended Reading

It is recommended that students buy a copy of:

Advanced Travel and Tourism by Outhart, Taylor, Barker and Marvell
ISBN: 0-00-329109-X


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