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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism - 100% portfolio

Exam Board: Edexcel

Units studied can range from:

  • 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 9 - Retail Travel Operations (optional)

  • Unit 10 - Business Travel Operations (optional)

  • Unit 11 - Investigating the Cruise Industry (optional)

  • Uint 12 - Responsible Tourism (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 22 - Work Experience in the Travel & Tourism sector (optional)

  • Unit 25 - Working as a Children’s Representative in Travel & Tourism (optional)

  • Unit 11 - Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (optional)

  • Unit - Contemporary World Food - cooking (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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