Academic Information

Travel & Tourism

Aims

  • To develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry
  • To apply their knowledge and understanding of travel & tourism and use research, evaluation and problem-solving skills in vocational contexts
  • To help pupils to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines, work independently and within teams
  • Participate in visits to travel & tourism organisations and destinations

Staff

Miss K McDowell
Mrs S Beattie
Mrs A Jones
Miss E McGibbon

Key Stage 3

Tourism is studied as part of the Geography Curriculum in Year 10. 


Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 2 First Award & First Certificate in Travel & Tourism

Exam Board: Edexcel

75% portfolio, 25% external exam (Equivalencies – Award = 1 GCSE, Certificate = 2 GCSEs)

Units studied include:

  • Unit 1 – The UK Travel & Tourism Industry – EXTERNAL exam (compulsory)
  • Unit 2 – UK Travel & Tourism Destinations (compulsory)
  • Unit 3 - The Development of Travel & Tourism in the UK (optional)
  • Unit 4 - International Travel & Tourism Destinations (optional)
  • Unit 5 - Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel & Tourism (optional)
  • Unit 6 - The Travel & Tourism Customer Experience (optional)

Post 16

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Travel & Tourism, 75% portfolio, 25% external exam

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel & Tourism – 100% portfolio

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel & Tourism – 100% portfolio

Exam Board: Edexcel

Units studied include:

  • Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel & Tourism Sector (compulsory)
  • Unit 2 - The Business of Travel & Tourism (compulsory)
  • Unit 3 - The UK as a destination (compulsory)
  • Unit 4 - Customer Service in Travel & Tourism (compulsory)
  • Unit 6 - Preparing for Employment in Travel & Tourism (optional)
  • Unit 7 – European Destinations (optional)
  • Unit 8 - Long-haul Travel Destinations (optional)
  • Unit 11 - Investigating the Cruise Industry (optional)
  • Unit 15 - Working as a Holiday Representative (optional)
  • Unit 19 - UK Visitor Attractions (optional)
  • Unit 20 - Hospitality Operations in Travel & Tourism (optional)
  • Unit 21 - Entertainment for Holidaymakers (optional)
  • Unit 25 - Working as a Children’s Representative in Travel & Tourism (optional)

Skills Developed

  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • IT skills
  • Research and communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Customer service skills
  • Attention to detail

Careers

  • Pilot
  • Travel agent
  • Hotel manager
  • Marketing
  • Customer service
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airport security
  • Event organiser
  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Outdoor activities manager

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