Travel and Tourism
Travel and Tourism is part of the Social Sciences Faculty; working alongside Geography, Religious Education, History, Sociology and Psychology.
- To give all students the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification that can be used when applying either for Post 16 education or employment.
- To provide a sound, intellectually demanding vocational learning experience.
- To give the students the opportunity to experience travel and tourism opportunities that they may not have previously experienced (through field trips and external speaker visits).
- To develop and extend the students practical skills in aspects such as customer service.
- To inspire students to continue to study the subject at a higher level or to prepare them for the world of work in the travel and tourism sector.
- The course will provide opportunities for the students to be aware of and to develop personal qualities of responsibility, appearance, commitment and teamwork in a range of practical and academic situations throughout the assignment tasks they complete.
Key features of the course we offer:
- It is offered at Level 2 for Key Stage Four students.
- The course studied is the Pearson BTEC First NQF Award in Travel and Tourism.
- This course is the equivalent of 1 GCSE.
- Students study 4 units over 2 years, and sit one examination in Year 10 or 11 for the core unit.
- 25% of the course is assessed externally through the written examination and 75% is internally assessed through assignment work.
- The course is assessed using the following levels (and equivalents): Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A), Distinction* (A*) .
Accommodation and Resources
The subject is taught in IT suites for assignment work, meaning that students have access to the latest IT facilities to produce their assignment work. BTEC resources include textbooks, holiday brochures and guidebooks.
The course is student centred. Students learn through investigation and research during lessons. It is vital that students learn to develop their independent research skills to ensure they can complete every assignment to the best of their ability.
On the course students have a big responsibility for their own learning. Units are taught through ‘learning outcomes’ and each assignment they complete concentrates on testing and extending the students’ knowledge in one or more of the outcomes. Staff act as a learning resource for the students, offering advice and guidance as to how to approach the work. Nevertheless, the course team recognise, maintain and support the use of traditional teaching methods where appropriate throughout the course.
There are opportunities within the Level 2 course for students to take part in practical travel and tourism activities and assignments. These include developing customer service skills in dealing with difficult customers, making presentations, making bookings and dealing with complaints.
Furthermore, every effort is made to offer students a range of external field visits to travel and tourism organisations. Recent field trips have included:
- Cadbury World
- Drayton Manor
- Birmingham Airport
Students are also actively supported to develop links with travel and tourism companies through work experience.