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Travel & Tourism

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops may be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

Min 5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
4.0 = GCSE Average

4 in Maths


An interest in the travel industry both home and abroad. Commitment to working in an organised way, using research skills to problem solve.


Pairs well with business. You prefer to do a course that is a mix of exams and coursework.

Exam Board

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Course Overview

Travel & Tourism will suit students who are interested in the dynamic world of Tourism. The course investigates the travel industry in general terms and gives a flavour of what jobs in this area might involve. Students will be encouraged to use their initiative in order to research areas and develop relevant skills.
If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in tourism and have experience in the industry
  • Guest lecturers and industry experts
  • Trips to put tourism into practice; in the past students we have visited Berlin and there is the potential of a trip to Prague this year.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • Elements of the Travel & Tourism industry
  • Accommodation
  • Transport provision
  • Attractions
  • Tour operations
  • Travel agents
  • Tourism development and promotion
  • Trade associations and regulatory bodies
  • Ancillary services
  • Key developments (from the 1960s onwards)
  • Trends and factors that are currently affecting the travel and tourism sector
  • The needs of inbound and domestic visitors to UK destinations
  • The features and facilities that attract visitors to UK destinations

In the second year you will study:

  • Customer Service and the importance of doing it well
  • Demonstrating your knowledge in a mock interview
  • European Travel Destinations
  • Factors that have contributed to declining and developing destinations in the European travel market.
  • Organisational and financial characteristics of different types of travel and tourism organisations
  • Methods and opportunities used by travel and tourism organisations to gain competitive advantage and achieve business aims

What will I be taught?

Each Unit is introduced and then students make use of materials on the College Moodle site and the internet to research topics. Research skills are developed and students are encouraged to present work and have it evaluated. In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Essay based assessments
  • Group discussions
  • group work
  • student led sessions
  • Presentations

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Former students on this Course have gone on to study Travel & Tourism at university and employment/apprenticeships with Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers.

How will I be assessed?

100% course work

Staff Contact Details

Peter Stokes