Vocational Studies: Travel and Tourism
Who are we?
- Mr Prebble
- Miss Collins
Key Stage 4 and 5:
Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism
Tourism is a global leisure activity; a massive and still growing international business. With advances in technology and communication, it has never been easier to explore cultures and countries across the globe. You will have a whole world to discover just on your doorstep, with an unrivalled variety of arts, culture and entertainment.
The course will equip you with a range of practical vocational skills such as communication, selling and customer service, and will also cover retail travel services, resort representation, promotional materials and a range of global and UK destinations. You will have the opportunity to visit a number of tourist attractions and other organisations linked to the sector including airports and airlines, hotels, conference centres and heritage sites.
The core units are:
- Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – this unit covers the main types of tourism in the UK, the contribution that travel and tourism makes to the UK economy and the different component industries that make up the UK travel and tourism sector.
- Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – this unit covers what the different types of UK destinations have to offer, as well as locating tourist UK destinations and routes.
The optional specialist units offered within this qualification build on the core and provide learners with an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of areas of the travel and tourism sector, depending on their interests and motivation. Learners will be able to select their optional specialist units from:
- Unit 3: The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK – which looks at developments that have shaped the sector and how the UK travel and tourism industry has developed as lifestyles, interests and technology have changed, giving an insight into why it is such a dynamic sector.
- Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations – which looks at international travel and tourism destinations and gateways and reasons for their appeal to different visitors.
- Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism – covers the influential factors on tourism and why events such as natural disasters can have a significant impact on the sector.
- Unit 6: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience – which looks at the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector and how organisations address these.
If students wish to further their studies they have the opportunity to study Business at Level 3 in the Sixth Form.
Unit 1 externally assessed through a written examination
All other units are internally assessed through written portfolios
Homework often requires the students to research a particular topic or organisation. Homework consists of some short tasks and mini projects that help them to develop their knowledge of the subject further.
Skills gained for the future:
Travel and Tourism allows students to gain valuable skills including group work, independent working, writing to persuade, and debating. Travel and Tourism is a good subject for students who are interested in careers in: employment within the travel and tourism industry, for example posts in travel agencies, visitor attractions and the tourist information centre.as it allows students the opportunity to gain an understanding of these roles within society.
How to find out more information:
For further information please contact the Head of Department: firstname.lastname@example.org