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Travel and Tourism (BTEC) at Somervale School

Course description

Tourism is Britain’s fifth largest industry, it is the third largest export earner and worth £115 billion a year. It employs 2.6 million people and supports over 200,000 small and medium sized businesses.

The BTEC National in Travel and Tourism’s aim is to help people to become ready to take up employment in the travel and tourism sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college.

Its main purpose is to allow learners to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills, including customer service, factors that affect tourism to and within the UK, the component industries that make up the sector and the different types of organisations operating in the travel and tourism business environment, required by the sector.

Course content

Year 1

  • Unit 01 Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector June (Year 12)
  • Unit 03 The UK as a Destination June (Year 12)
  • Unit 07 European Destinations June (Year 12)

Year 2

  • Unit 02 The Business of Travel and Tourism June (Year 13)
  • Unit 04 Customer Service in Travel and Tourism June (Year 13)
  • Unit 06 Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism June (Year 13)

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A*-C grades or equivalent

Future opportunities

As the qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry, it is fully supported by the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the sector, People 1st. A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector has also confirmed their support for this BTEC National in Travel and Tourism. This means it is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study.

A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level.

The BTEC National in Travel and Tourism also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector, when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study.

Further information

Who Might the Course Suit?

This course is 100% coursework and is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a Travel and Tourism related course at University or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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