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Applied Travel and Tourism Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

Course Aims:

This course enables students to gain an understanding of key pathways in the travel and tourism industry. This includes:

  • developing knowledge of travel and tourism terminology 
  • tourist destinations n business theory
  • the interactions between tourists and their environment


The course is designed to stimulate interest and enjoyment while allowing students to develop independent learning skills. They are encouraged to plan, execute and evaluate their own work. Assignments provide opportunities for students to show their aptitude in a number of key skill areas highly valued by employers and further education institutes, including application of number, communication and ICT. The philosophy of this course is that in order to understand the nature of travel and tourism, candidates must actively experience the working environment.

This is achieved, where possible, through visits to external organisations, outside speakers and trips.

Course content

The single award AS-level contains three mandatory units and allows students to progress to a single award A-level in Year 13. 


Introducing Travel & Tourism

Customer Service

Travel Destinations (Rome/Grand Canyon)


Tourism Development

Event Management


Entry requirements

Grade C in English and Maths, with candidates needing to be proficient in literacy and numeracy to be able to cope with the demands of this advanced level course. They will also need to be well motivated, highly organised and independent in their learning approach.


Two thirds of the work completed by students is assessed internally, through portfolio work. The remainder is assessed by the examination board in externally set tests, one in each year of the course.

Future opportunities

Many of our students have gone on to university and further education in a wide range of courses. Alternatively, students may wish to pursue a career in travel and tourism. The units studied in this course aim to support the recognised standards demanded by the industry. Students are suited to recruitment in a range of fields, for example travel agents, conference planning and resort representatives.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budehaven Community School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2016

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