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KS4 Travel and Tourism

Students who study KS4 Travel and Tourism at the Leigh Academy follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Travel and Tourism Award. This course allows students to broaden their knowledge of the sector, as well as deepening their functional and independent learning skills. Students will study six units of work over the three-year course, which tackle up-to-date, exciting and relevant topics within the travel and tourism industry.

The four units the students will study are:

  1. The UK Travel and Tourism Sector- this unit is externally assessed using a paper-based 1-hour exam.
  2. UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – this unit is 100% coursework and is internally assessed.
  3. International Travel and Tourism Destinations – this unit is 100% coursework and is internally assessed.
  4. Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism – this unit is 100% coursework and is internally assessed.

Students will be set assignments throughout the course to complete. These may take the form of a role-play, map-work, written reports, projects and presentations. Students will also have numerous opportunities to develop their personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) and functional skills (English, Maths and ICT). Students will spend one lesson a week in the classroom, in order to learn the content for the external examinations and one lesson on a plaza to complete their assignments.

Travel and Tourism is a work-related qualification. This does not mean students will obtain all the skills they will need to do a job, but it does mean that they will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills, relevant to their chosen subject or area of work. Many of the students who study Travel and Tourism at Level 2 go on to study the Level 3 course at Post 16. Students who gain a Level 3 qualification then have the necessary qualifications to have a career in the Travel and Tourism industry by, for example, becoming a Holiday Representative, or Cabin Crew member.


KS5 Travel and Tourism

Students who study KS5 Travel and Tourism at the Leigh Academy follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma course. This course looks at how the Travel and Tourism industry operates. The course aims to provide greater knowledge, insight and understanding of the industry. Choosing to study Travel and Tourism at Level 3 is a great decision to make for lots of reasons. Studying Travel and Tourism will allow you to broaden your knowledge of the sector as well as deepening your functional and personal, learning and thinking skills. The course looks at six main subject areas:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism sector
  • The UK as a destination
  • Preparing for employment in Travel and Tourism
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism
  • Dealing with customers
  • Investigating long haul destinations

The course is assessed by 100% coursework. For each unit you will produce a portfolio of evidence that will decide your final grade. You must pass all units to pass overall.  At the end of the year 12 you will receive a qualification that is equivalent to one AS Level unless you wish to continue the course in year 13 where you will be upgraded on to the subsidiary diploma. This is equivalent to one A Level. Travel and Tourism therefore is a one or two year course that will have three lessons a week. This qualification is designed to enable candidates to enter employment at operative or trainee level within a wide range of travel and tourism environments. Such candidates would normally enter employment through a work-related training programme.

The Travel and Tourism course would suit students who wish to work in these industries or in jobs where customer service is paramount.  An understanding of how businesses operate in real-world contexts will develop in the second year of the course.