Curriculum

TRAVEL & TOURISM

BTEC Travel and Tourism is offered to pupils from KS4 onwards. The course is designed to provide a degree of vocational education appropriate to the needs of those pupils seeking employment in the Travel and Tourism industry. It will also fully equip pupils for further study in this area, should they wish to continue to study to a higher level.

Pupils will study the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award. At the end of their course, they will receive one of the following grades: Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction or Level 2 Distinction*. Learners who do not achieve a Level 2 grade may be awarded a Level 1 grade. Learners whose level of achievement is below a Level 1 grade will receive an unclassified, “U” result.

Pupils will complete two compulsory units and two optional units as part of their studies.

Travel and Tourism at KS4 (BTEC)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
During Year 9, pupils will:

  • Investigate the main sectors within Travel and Tourism in preparation for their assessed units
  • Secure the foundations of knowledge required to be able to access exam questions successfully and undertake coursework in Y10 and Y11
  • Learn to recognise the vital developments and changes within the travel and tourism industry

Pupils will explore a range of significant topics, such as:

  • Reasons for travel and the appeal of specific destinations
  • The growth of tourism in the UK and worldwide
  • Diverse visitor groups and meeting their specific needs
  • Roles and requirements within the sector
  • Consultation strategies with customers and meeting their desires
  • Key events that aim to encourage tourism
  • How different factors can affect travel and tourism and impact on the appeal of tourist destinations
Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

  • Types of tourism
  • Types of travel
  • Principles of sustainable tourism
  • The importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK economy
  • Industries in the travel and tourism sector
  • Key organisations in the travel and tourism sector
  • Types of organisation in the travel and tourism sector
  • The interrelationships between travel and tourism organisations
  • The role of consumer technology

Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

  • UK travel and tourism categories
  • UK gateway airports and UK seaports
  • Road and rail travel
  • Examples of UK travel
  • Appeal of UK destinations
  • Types of visitors to the UK
  • Increasing the appeal of the UK to tourists
  • Sources of information for visitors to the UK
  • UK holiday planning
Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

  • International destinations
  • Major gateways
  • Types of destination
  • Examples of international travel routes
  • Features of destinations that contribute to their appeal
  • Types of visitors attracted to different destinations
  • Information sources for visitors to international destinations

Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

  • Climatic conditions affecting the appeal of travel and tourism
  • The effect of worldwide time
  • How entry/exit requirements affect different destinations
  • How health issues affect travel and tourism
  • Emergency situations that affect travel and tourism
Assessment

Examination Board: Pearson

Unit 1: The Travel and Tourism Sector
Overview Focus
  • External assessment
  • Written exam (1 hour)
  • 50 marks
  • 25% of the qualification
This examination will assess:

  • Understanding of the UK travel and tourism sector and its importance to the UK economy
  • Knowledge of the industries and key organisations within the travel and tourism sector, their roles and interrelationships
  • Understanding of the role of consumer technology in the travel and tourism sector
Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism
Overview Focus
  • Assessed via multiple pieces of coursework/assignments
  • Assessed internally by the academy and externally verified by Pearson
  • 30 guided learning hours
  • 25% of the qualification
Coursework assignments can be set at the teacher’s discretion, and may include essays, presentations, tourist information brochures, role plays or reports. Coursework must:

  • Demonstrate pupils’ knowledge of UK travel and tourism destinations and gateways
  • Include an investigation of the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitors
  • Demonstrate pupils’ ability to plan UK holidays to meet the needs of different visitors
Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations
Overview Focus
  • Assessed via multiple pieces of coursework/assignments
  • Assessed internally by the academy and externally verified by Pearson
  • 30 guided learning hours
  • 25% of the qualification
Coursework assignments can be set at the teacher’s discretion, and may include essays, presentations, tourist information brochures, role plays or reports. Coursework must:

  • Demonstrate pupils’ knowledge of international travel and tourism destinations and gateways
  • Include an investigation of the appeal of international tourism destinations for different types of visitors
  • Demonstrate pupils’ ability to plan international travel to meet the needs of different visitors
Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism
Overview Focus
  • Assessed via multiple pieces of coursework/assignments
  • Assessed internally by the academy and externally verified by Pearson
  • 30 guided learning hours
  • 25% of the qualification
Coursework assignments can be set at the teacher’s discretion, and may include essays, presentations, tourist information brochures, role plays or reports. Coursework must:

  • Include an investigation of how climate, and worldwide time, can affect the appeal of worldwide destinations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of influential factors on worldwide travel and tourism destinations
Enrichment Offer

The Travel and Tourism department offers regular lunchtime sessions and revision sessions after the Academy day. These give pupils the opportunity to develop their research further and gain an in-depth understanding of the tourism industry.

Pupils who have taken Travel and Tourism as an option subject have experienced trips to Alton Towers to take part in educational talks and workshops. Pupils have then been able to spend the rest of the day in the park experiencing tourism first hand.