What is the course about?

Travel and Tourism is a business and customer service based course which focuses on the travel industry both at home and abroad. Travel and Tourism provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and helps develop specific knowledge and skills which will be needed to work successfully in Tourism and many other industries.

Whether it's the ability to guide others through planning holidays or the understanding of how the UK tourism industry works, this could be the course for you and an opportunity for a future career, or a variety of courses in Post 16 and Higher Education.

Subject content:

Tourism is a very broad industry and covers many sectors with potential career opportunities. Content includes:

  • UK Travel and Tourism development
  • Key Travel and Tourism destinations in the UK and Worldwide
  • Factors that affect the Tourism industry
  • The customer experience
  • Travel and Tourism careers opportunities
  • The appeal of different Tourism destinations

Studying Travel & Tourism may lead to:

Studying travel and tourism may lead to A Level or BTEC qualifications at Key Stage 5, from where you would be able to progress into employment within the Travel and Tourism industry. This could be a career in customer services, travel agent, travel rep, airline cabin crew or similar occupations. It could also give you the opportunity to work in the UK or abroad.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will be assessed by:

  • 75% coursework across three units
  • 25% externally assessed examination

Preparation for the examination will take place within lessons through a number of activities and practice papers.

Exam Board - Edexcel

What skills are required?

  • Strong interest in people and places in the UK and around the World
  • An enthusiasm to keep up-to-date with current affairs
  • Planning and organisation skills
  • Some business and enterprise knowledge
  • Passion for customer service

Additional Information

Travel and tourism is a growing and essential industry to many countries, including the UK. Going on a holiday is an exciting time and an event customers want to enjoy; it is your job as an industry specialist to make sure this happens. The UK tourism industry is also one of the major sectors in the economy; it supports hundreds of thousands of jobs both here and abroad through airlines, hotels, travel agents, attractions, advertising and all of the industries which support these areas.

Tourism is about making sure the customer is satisfied, and has a memorable experience before, during and after their holiday.