Students will study the world’s fastest growing industry. They will look how the tourism industry has developed in the UK and how this has influenced the patterns of global tourism we see today. Students will also complete a portfolio, demonstrating that
they can use a range of skills to synthesise information from a range of sources. They will also develop independent learning skills through completing this portfolio.
What will I study?
Single award AS consists of students sitting units 1 and 2. For a single A2 award, units 5 and 6 will be completed.
Travel & Tourism AS/A2
Unit 1 – Introducing Travel and Tourism
The nature of Travel and Tourism
The development of Travel and Tourism
Sectors of the Travel and Tourism industry and interdependence
Students will learn about the nature of the travel and tourism industry and the developments in the industry since the mid-twentieth century. Students will also need to interpret and use statistical information about the industry and use appropriate case
studies in their studies.
Unit 2 – Investigating Tourism Destinations
The characteristics of tourist destinations
Trends in popularity
Tourist area life cycle
Students will learn about the significance of human and physical geography characteristics that affect tourism and that each destination has key features that appeal to different types of tourist. They will also need to develop their research skills to
develop their knowledge of tourist destinations and how they appeal to different types of customers.
Unit 5 – Tourism Impacts and Tourism Developments
Economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts
Agents of tourism development
Students will need to learn about the environmental, economic and socio-cultural impacts of tourism and the positive and negative impacts that tourism has on host destinations. Additionally, students will need to know and understand about the ways in which
the values and attitudes of stakeholders affect tourism development.
Unit 6 – Trends and Issues in Travel and Tourism
Change in consumer expectations
Political change and security issues
Students will learn about the issues which affect the travel and tourism industry over which the industry itself has no control. These issues may be as a result of socio-economic, political, environmental or technological factors. After studying a range
of current issues in the travel and tourism industry, the candidate must select one current issue and carry out an in-depth investigation. In undertaking the investigation, candidates will need to be able to undertake extensive research
How will I be Assessed?
AS Unit 1 - Written Paper (1 ½ hours) - 40% Short answers testing specification knowledge as well as extended answers incorporating application and analysis.
AS Unit 2 - Portfolio - 60% The portfolio is based on two tourist destinations, one in the UK and one in Europe.
A2 Unit 5 - Written Paper (2 hours) - 40% Extended answers with stimulus material.
A2 Unit 6 - Portfolio - 60% The portfolio is based on an in depth study of an issue facing the travel and tourism industry.
What does it lead to?
Typically, this course leads to employment within the travel and tourism industry. With a GCE in Travel and Tourism, a candidate would be a suitable recruit for a role in a range of fields including travel agents, conference planning and resort representatives.
The independent learning skills that are developed through this course also prove very beneficial across a wide range of university courses.