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Travel And Tourism - BTEC Level 3 Edexcel at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

What does the BTEC National course include?

Students who take the BTEC National Certificate (AS equivalent) will study three units in Year 12, whilst students who take the BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (A2 equivalent) will study a further three units in Year 13.

Unit 1: Investigate the Travel and Tourism Sector - This unit enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, its different industries and their role, and the interrelationships within the sector. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how the sector has developed over the last 50 years, what it is today and how it is being affected by current trends and factors.

Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism - This unit will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding about travel and tourism as a business. They will learn about how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to meet their aims, and will demonstrate business skills in presenting a business case for a feasible business.

Unit 3: The UK as a Destination - This unit enables students to develop their skills in locating destinations in the United Kingdom. It also allows students to gain an overview of the UK tourism product and how it attracts and meets the needs of domestic and inbound visitors. Students will develop their understanding of the factors that affect tourism to and within the UK.

Unit 4: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism - This unit enables students to gain understanding of how excellent customer service contributes to the success of travel and tourism organisations. Students will develop knowledge and skills to provide customer service and achieve sales in travel and tourism situations.

Unit 7: European Destinations - In this unit students will gain skills to enable them to locate and explore the diverse destinations that make up the European travel market. They will develop their knowledge of the appeal of destinations for different leisure experiences and gain an understanding of the factors affecting the development and decline of selected destinations.

Unit 8: Long-haul Travel Destinations - The focus of this unit is for students to gain knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations. They will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour.

Entry requirements

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 3: Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A* to C Grades including Level 2 equivalents

Future opportunities

Where could this lead?

A qualification in Travel and Tourism will be recognised by any college or university. Possible degree courses include Tourism Management, Events Management and Hotel Resort Management.

Due to the vocational nature of the qualification, the course also allows students to develop the knowledge and skills to gain employment in various sectors of the travel and tourism industry including travel agents, tour operators and accommodation providers.

Further information

Will it suit me?

Following the overwhelming success of other BTEC Nationals such as Business and IT, and the successful introduction of BTEC First Travel and Tourism at GCSE level, we are extremely pleased to offer BTEC National Travel and Tourism in the Sixth Form from 2016.

The course is for anyone who has an interest in travel, travel destinations and the way that a customer facing business operates.

The course is 100% coursework based which requires students to have strong organisational skills, brilliant time management and excellent independent learning skills.

You do not need to have taken Travel and Tourism at GCSE level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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