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Travel & Tourism AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description


Here are five good reasons for choosing Travel and Tourism as one of your sixth form subjects: -

1. An exciting, enjoyable and relevant subject: you learn about the most popular long-haul and short-haul travel destinations in the world’s fastest growing industry. These may include city destinations such as New York and Paris, and beach resorts in Spain, Florida, Thailand, and the Maldives

2. Develop a huge variety of transferable skills: these include producing top quality illustrated documents, conducting market research, working in teams, and solving problems. The Customer Service unit focuses on meeting customer needs, dealing with problems, and resolving conflict. If you were a hotel manager, how would you deal with a customer complaint about noise or disturbance?

3. Emphasis on coursework rather than exams: two-thirds of your marks will come from your coursework, and you get to choose the destinations you are interested in. Your first exam is at the end of Year 12, and you receive a pre-release case study well in advance which gives plenty of time to prepare. You will study Travel and Tourism as a one-year AS course in Year 12 and can choose to continue onto A2 in Year 13 if you wish.

4. The chance to organise your own event: the Event Management unit in Year 13 gives you the opportunity to research, cost out, market, run, and evaluate an event of your choice; a sixth form charity trip to the Halloween Scare-fest at Alton Towers for example, or a sporting activity themed around a particular country.

5. A subject to help you in the future: there are many employment growth areas in tourism, hospitality, leisure, sport, travel, and event management. Leisure spending is forecast to increase significantly as disposable income rises and people place a greater emphasis on quality leisure time, leading to continued growth. Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. Over 3.5 million people in the UK now work in Tourism related jobs alone, some 380,000 in the North West of England.

Course content


AS Travel and Tourism

Unit 1: Introducing Travel & Tourism (exam)

Unit 2: Customer Service in Travel & Tourism (coursework)

Unit 3: Travel Destinations (coursework)

A2 Travel & Tourism

Unit 4: Tourism Development (exam)

Unit 5: Event Management (coursework)

Unit 6: Cultural Tourism (coursework)

Entry requirements


You will need five GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including Grade C in English Language or Maths.



Two-thirds coursework; one third exams. Your first exam is taken at the end of Year 12 as part of the AS course.

Travel and Tourism can be combined successfully with many other A-Level subjects; it particularly complements Business Studies, Modern Languages and Physical Education and well as other social sciences such as Sociology and Psychology.

Future opportunities


The course equips students with a wide range of knowledge and skills which will be useful in a good variety of careers or degree courses such as Tourism Management, Business Studies, Geography, Sport and Leisure, Event Management, Advertising & Marketing, Media Studies, and Environmental Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Year