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Travel and Tourism

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times - Asian Proverb

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness - Mark Twain

Over 200 million people work in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. Our department aims to give students the skills and knowledge to maximise career opportunities in this rapidly expanding industry.

Our courses cover:

  • Aims of different travel and tourism organisations
  • The features of tourist destinations
  • How organisations meet customer requirements
  • The influences on global travel and tourism

Key stage 4: BTEC Travel and Tourism Tech Award

Who is the qualification for?

The BTEC Tech Award in Travel and Tourism is for learners who want to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring the: 

  • Aims of different travel and tourism organisations
  • The features of tourist destinations 
  • How organisations meet customer requirements 
  • The influences on global travel and tourism

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification.

Component number Component Title Assessed
1 Travel and Toirism Organisations and Destinations Internal
2 Influences on Global Travel and Tourism External
3 Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism Internal Synoptic



What can the qualification lead to?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector.

This qualification can lead to: 

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects 
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism 
  • Prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships
  • Higher education by studying a degree in the tourism sector.


Links With the Travel Industry

We have a strong relationship with a major travel business with offices in London, Paris and New York, who regularly visits the school, invite students to travel events/shows and provide work experience/summer work and real job opportunities.



A number of trips take place during the course: 

  • World Travel Fair 
  • Margate (Or similar destination) 
  • London 
  • Thorpe Park


This course is suitable as a standalone qualification as well as complementing the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Geography and GCSE Business


Contact Name  Mr.S.Crowther Head of Travel and Tourism

Key Stage 5: Applied Diploma in Tourism

Level of Study

  • WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma
  • (WJEC is an exam board like OCR and EDEXCEL)


Description of Course

The WJEC Level 3 qualification is designed to provide knowledge, understanding and skills associated with tourism organisations and activities. The qualifications will provide the opportunity for further or higher education or for moving into employment.


Connections with The Tourism Industry

We work closely with a London based World Wide Tour Company that provides support for the course and progression into the workplace in the Tourism industry for those students wishing for a career in this area.

Skills Required 

  • A commitment to hard work and the ability to meet deadlines 

  • The ability to research independently and to work well as part of a team 

  • Good ICT skills would be advantageous


Entry Qualifications 

  • No previous study of Travel and Tourism is necessary, however you must meet the general A-Level requirements. We would be happy to discuss this course with individuals who are unlikely to meet this criteria but have a genuine interest and are predicted to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above 
  • Good ICT skills are preferable


Method of Assessment

The course is made up of four units two exams and two units of coursework.


Unit Title Type Unit Aims
1 The United Kingdom Tourism Product Exam

Understand what the UK offers to inbound and domestic tourists

Appreciate the range of employment opportunities available in the tourism industry

2 Worldwide Tourism Destinations Coursework

Investigate tourism attractions and facilities

Investigate destinations image and reputation that affects the types of tourists to whom they appeal

3 The Dynamic Tourism Industry Exam How tourism adapts quickly to external pressures and changes in society at the national and global scale
4 Event and Itinerary Planning Coursework Understand the process of event management and the nature of tour itineraries within the UK


Internal (Coursework) Assessment

  • Each coursework unit is assessed through one assignment made up of several tasks.  

  • Each assignment has a brief that sets out what to do.

  • There are five areas that are controlled: time, resources, supervision, collaboration and resubmission.

  • Each assignment will specify the total amount of time available

  • All work must be students own (except in Group work)

  • Any group work will be based on the individual's contribution.


External (Exam) assessment

The following units will be externally assessed:

  • Unit 1: The United Kingdom Tourism Product
  • Unit 3: The Dynamics of Tourism
    • 90-minute examination

    • total of 75 marks

    • three questions on each paper

    • short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied

    • graded on a scale from A to E



Contact Name Mr S Crowther


Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

  • Take a degree or diploma in a more specialised subject area, such as human resource management, tourism management, marketing, business administration, customer service, event management or hospitality.
  • Start work in the travel and tourism industry.


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