Travel and Tourism
The qualification is a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism and is the equivalent to one A Level. This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the travel and tourism industry. It supports progress to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in the travel and tourism industry.
This course has been developed to recognise learners’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry and the settings, job roles, principles and values involved. The learners carry out a range of tasks that have been designed to recognise their achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace.
Students will study 4 different units throughout the two years, 2 of which are externally assessed and 3 units are mandatory.
Unit 1: The World of Travel and Tourism - In this unit students will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK. Students will also look at how organisation react to changes and trends, many of which are often out of their control. The key terminology within the topic will also be studied, along with the roles played and products offered by different types of organisations.
Unit 2: Global Destinations - Global destinations will be studied in terms of their location, appeal, access and changing trends. This unit will also help students to develop skills in using maps and atlases so they can locate the global destinations. A variety of sources will be used to create travel iterineries for different types of customers to a range of destinations in the World. Here it will be important to consider the needs to customers in order to meet their requirements. The skills learned will support students in progressing to a career in international tourism, further training or study in higher education.
Unit 6: The UK as a Tourist Destination – The tourism industry is very important to the UK economy and this unit will help students in gaining an understanding as to why. By 2025, is it estimated that the tourism industry in the UK will generate £257 billion, which is just under 10% of UK GDP, and this would create 3.8 million jobs. Through knowledge and understanding developed in other units, investigating the UK as a holiday destination will help students to see why it is a dynamic place. In this unit you will learn how to locate key destinations in the UK, recommend routes and itineraries using private and public transport to cost and work within a customer’s budget.
Other units of possible study include, Managing Customer Experience, Travel and Tourism Enterprises, researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism, The Airport Experience and Marketing in Travel and Tourism.
The three mandatory units are externally assessed and the final fourth unit is internally assessed.