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 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism Level 1/Level 2. At the end of their course, they will receive one of the following grades: Level 1 Pass, Merit or Distinction, or Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinctionor Distinction*. Pupils will complete three units as part of this course.

Travel and Tourism at KS4 (BTEC)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
 Foundation knowledge and skills
·      Investigate the main sectors of Travel and Tourism
·      Diverse visitor groups and meeting their specific needs
·      Learn to recognise the vital developments and changes within the travel and tourism industry
 Unit 1: Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations
·      Travel and Tourism organisations
·      Ownership and aims of organisations
·      Types of tourism
·      Tourist destinations
·      Reasons for travel

Unit 2: Influences on Global Travel and Tourism
·      Factors influencing global travel and tourism
·      Impact of travel and sustainability
Destination management

 ·       Unit 3: Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism
·      Market research
·      Travel and tourism trends
·      Customer needs, preferences and considerations
·      Products and services for different needs and preferences
Planning to meet different customer needs and preferences
Assessment

Examination Board: Pearson

Unit 1: Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations
Overview Focus
  •  Assessed via multiple pieces of coursework/assignments
  • Assessed internally by the academy and externally verified by Pearson
  • 30% of the final qualification
Coursework assignments can be set at the teacher’s discretion, and may include essays, presentations, tourist information brochures, role plays or reports.

This assignment will cover:
·      Travel and Tourism organisations
·      Ownership and aims of organisations
·      Types of tourism
·      Tourist destinations
·      Reasons for travel

Unit 2: Influences on Global Travel and Tourism
Overview Focus
  • External assessment, set and marked by Pearson
  • 70 marks
  • 40% of the final qualification
 The examination will cover:
·       Factors influencing global travel and tourism
·       Impact of travel and sustainability
Destination management
Unit 3: Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism
Overview Focus
  •  Internal synoptic assessment
  • Assessed internally by the academy and externally verified by Pearson
  • 30% of the final qualification
This assignment builds directly on components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation
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 various tourist destinations and attractions in order to take part in educational talks and workshops and experience tourism first hand.