Travel & Tourism

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Years 10 and 11

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism (NQF) equivalent to 1 GCSE

There are a number of units that students cover on a variety of topics. There are both mandatory and optional units that students will need to complete to show fully rounded knowledge and understanding of the subject. Mandatory topics are:

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the range of organisations involved with different types of tourism in the UK, including their roles, how they work together and how they use technology to meet changing customer needs.

Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations -This unit will give you an understanding of what the UK travel and tourism industry has to offer to tourists. It will enable you to identify and locate tourist destinations, major UK airports and seaports, as well as to discover sea routes and three-letter airport codes. You will also be introduced to reference materials and various sources of information

to enable you to draw together your knowledge of the tourist destinations in order to successfully plan UK holidays for different types of customers using a range of sources.

The optional units are more varied in content with titles including: International Travel and Tourism Destinations, Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism, as well as the Travel and Tourism Customer Experience. Currently the optional topics being studied are:

Unit 3: The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK – This unit gives you the opportunity to explore how the UK travel and tourism industry has changed as lifestyles, interests and technology have changed, giving an insight into why it is such a dynamic sector. You will explore key developments that have shaped the sector, such as the rise of package holidays, the regeneration of coastal resorts and developments in transport and technology.

Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations -Throughout this unit you will be asked to locate numerous international holiday destinations and their gateways. You will also be asked to investigate natural features, local attractions, accommodation and transport options to suit a variety of customers in various holiday destinations.

Assessment: Three internally assessed units of work, one externally assessed examination (unit 1). Internal assessment is externally moderated to ensure accuracy of marking.

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Year 13 only

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism (QCF) equivalent to 1 A level

There are three units that students cover in Year 13, building on from their studies in Year 12. There are both a mandatory and optional units that students will need to complete to show fully rounded knowledge and understanding of the subject. The Mandatory topic is:

Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism – This unit will enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding about travel and tourism as a business and appreciate that travel and tourism organisations operate and have a role to play in a business environment.

The optional units currently being studied are:

Unit 7: European Destinations – You will gain skills to enable them to locate and explore the diverse destinations that make up the European travel market. They will develop their knowledge of the appeal of destinations for different leisure experiences and gain an understanding of the factors affecting the development and decline of selected destinations.

Unit 8: Long-haul Destinations – The focus of this unit is for you to gain the knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations. They will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour.

Assessment: 100% coursework which is marked internally and externally moderated to confirm the accuracy of marking.

This course finishes at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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