The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest and growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £126 billion, and the sector employs around 3.1 million people.

This is an excellent course for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism industry. It is the equivalent to 1 A Level. It offers students the opportunity to study the growth of world tourism, how this has changed over time, how people travel to resorts and the impact of tourism. 

The course includes trips to Bournemouth, Wales, the Lake District and an opportunity to take part in an overseas trip. In recent years students have completed assignment work based on visits to Italy, Morocco and Spain.

The course is based on individuals working at their own pace and developing a range of skills and knowledge. Assignment work forms 58% of the overall assessment.

The course provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to study Tourism Management at university.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English.
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What will I study?

Equivalent to: 

  • 1 A-Level

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content

Unit 1:

  • The travel and tourism industry – developing the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK. 

Unit 2: Investigating Tourism Destinations

  • Different types of destinations and their importance – investigating the features and appeal of global destinations

Unit 3: Tourism impacts & tourism development

  • Customer service – exploring and applying ways of managing internal and external customer experience to support organisational success and to develop customer service skills. 

An optional unit from:

  • Visitor attractions
  • Passenger transport
  • Events, conferences and exhibitions

Where does it lead?

Students who study travel and tourism can work in a variety of sectors. These include working for Airlines (such as Virgin), airports, event management, customer care, hotel management, theme park management, Councils in town and traffic management, town planning, the environmental sector, pollution control, climate change, restaurants and many other fields. Many students continue to university to study a course related to travel and tourism.

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