Travel & Tourism at Key Stage 4

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Tourism is vital for the British Economy.

It is Britain’s 3rd largest export earner.

Contributes £129 billion to the economy.

It is worth 9.6% to GDP.

Employs 3.1 million and is the 4th largest industry in the UK, in terms of contribution to the economy.

BTEC First Travel and Tourism is a vocational subject. It provides a link between education and real life. All lessons on based on real businesses.

The Travel and Tourism industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, despite recent economic setbacks. In the past ten years there has been a huge increase in the number of business and leisure passengers travelling. Budget airlines have contributed to expansion of the short-break market. This has led to the expansion of regional airports, in the UK and Europe. In addition there has been a rise in hospitality management enterprises. This has subsequently created a demand for a hugely flexible skilled work-force.

The industry has identified key skill gaps in customer service, destination geography, business skills and working with children.

This course is delivered in conjunction with links made within the industry. The course will involve working directly with these organisations to collect, analyse and evaluate information for the course.

2017 BTEC Results.

100%     L2 pass (A* – C)

26%        Distinction/Distinction Star grades (A/A* grade)

40%        Merit (B grade

34%        Pass (C grade)

The Course

The Edexcel BTEC First L1 & L2 Award in Travel and Tourism.

The BTEC First is due to be preceded by the BTEC Technical Certificates, the course will follow a similar format to that shown here. We await the new specification from the exam board.

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism

The award is made up of TWO core compulsory units:

1. The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – External test – 25%

2. UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – Internal project – 25%


Optional specialist units, we choose TWO from these:

3. The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK – Internal project – 25%

4. International Travel and Tourism Destinations – Internal project – 25%


5. Factors affecting worldwide Travel and Tourism – Internal project – 25%

6. The Travel and Tourism customer experience – Internal project – 25%

The Lessons

All lessons are based in the Vocational Room.


All lessons utilise the computer, internet, travel books, brochures, atlases and business reports.

Lessons are very practical and may for example involve preparing a power point on the Olympics. At a higher level this may involve analysing its impact as a visitor attraction, its impact on the community, environment and review ecotourism and sustainability.

Here are some of the topics we study:

80 daysblackpoolbusiness and leisure travelhealth and travellondonmonsoon and hurricanenat disas


We look at real businesses like Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Longleat, Thorpe Park, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Snowdome, Holiday Inn, real businesses, with real issues.

The Students

The students work very hard, every lesson.  We have a great team spirit within the Travel Department.

The course is ideal for students who like to work on projects, are creative, like to problem solve and have a practical approach to life.

“ Travel and Tourism was the single subject that prepared me for university. The BTEC course showed me how to research materials, work independently and meet deadlines” Travel and Tourism student 2017 cohort.


The Future

Travel and Tourism has empowered many students to gain part time employment in sixth form as they have gained considerable customer facing experience and understanding whilst studying the vocational course.

Having studied Travel & Tourism, many of year thirteen are going on to study the following at University:-

  • Tourism Management
  • Business Studies
  • Public Services
  • History & Tourism
  • Geography
  • Adult Nursing
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Events Management
  • Tourism and German
  • Apprenticeships with Thomas Cook
  • Apprenticeships with TUI
  • Customs & Excise
  • Apprenticeships in retail

It opens employment opportunities in any customer facing environment:-

  • Air cabin crew
  • Pilot
  • Events Manager
  • Chef
  • Holiday Rep
  • Pilot
  • Interpreter
  • Estate Agent
  • Travel Consultant
  • Business Travel Advisor
  • Personal Trainer

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