BTEC Travel and Tourism is a popular course which is studied in the sixth form and it is offered at Level 2 and Level 3 to cater for students of different abilities.
The purpose of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in different areas of the travel and tourism sector, which is a growing industry in the UK and around the world. The course places a high emphasis on developing independent work through research and practical activities and is assessed through coursework.
It offers learning in a vocational context in order to develop student’s communication, planning, teamwork and organisational skills. Students are encouraged to participate in group discussions and to research information using a variety of sources. The course is assessed in a range a ways including presentations, written reports, case studies and role play. Where possible, we arrange school visits to see how tourism works in practice and this gives students the opportunity to understand and apply what they have learnt.
The Level 2 course is a one year course which consists of completing 6 units of work including customer service, holiday planning, learning about world destinations and map work. Students who complete this course usually continue to study travel and tourism at Level 3.
The Level 3 course is a two year course and consists of learning about European and Long Haul travel destinations, demonstrating customer service and the Travel and Tourism sector in the UK as well as learning about how these sectors are organised and managed within different types of businesses.
Students completing this course can choose to study the subject further at university which includes degrees in Tourism Management and Hotel management as well as other related courses, or choose to pursue a job in the travel and tourism sector, which employs over 230 million people around the world.