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Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

The broad objectives of the above courses are to:

  • introduce students to work-related learning
  • provide students with a broad introduction to a vocational sector
  • give students the technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the subject at this level
  • equip students with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training
  • empower students to take charge of their own learning and development
  • provide a range of teaching, learning and assessment styles to motivate students to achieve their full potential
  • provide a broad introduction to a vocational area in an applied context
  • be delivered through work-related contexts
  • let students gain an understanding of a vocational sector
  • provide a broad educational basis for further training, higher education, or progression to suitable employment within a vocational sector

Course content

In particular, the aims of the BTEC specifications in Travel and Tourism are to:

  • encourage students to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry
  • prepare students for further study or training in travel and tourism related occupations
  • encourage students to:

            - develop and sustain an interest in travel and tourism and issues affecting the development of the industry and its potential effect on employment opportunities 

            - develop an understanding of the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry and the interdependence of its sectors

            - appreciate the importance of the customer to the travel and tourism industry

            -  appreciate the importance of host destinations and communities to the travel and tourism industry and the importance of sustainable development

            - appreciate the positive and negative impacts travel and tourism may have on people, environment and economy

            - develop practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry

            - appreciate the global and dynamic nature of the travel and tourism industry, how people, environments and issues change, and how the industry responds to these changes

            - appreciate the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the development of the travel and tourism industry

            - develop their own values and attitudes in relation to travel and tourism issues

            - apply their knowledge and understanding of travel and tourism and use skills of research, evaluation and problem solving in vocational contexts

            - plan, prioritise and meet deadlines, work independently and in teams

            - participate in visits to travel and tourism organisations and destinations

Entry requirements

  • No previous study of Travel and Tourism is necessary, however you must meet the general A level requirements. We would be happy to discuss this course with individuals who are unlikely to meet this criteria but have a genuine interest and are predicted to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above
  • Good ICT skills are preferable

Skills required

  • A commitment to hard work and the ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to research independently and to work well as part of a team
  • Good ICT skills would be advantageous


Work will be collected into a portfolio and assessed throughout the course.

Year 1

Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector

  • Introduction to the Travel and Tourism Sector
  • Travel and Tourism – the last 50 years
  • Travel and Tourism Today

Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism

  • The Travel and Tourism Business Environment
  • Being Successful in Business
  • The Business Case

Unit 3: The UK as a Destination

  •  Around the UK
  •  Destination UK
  •      Challenging Times

Year 2

Unit 7: European Destinations

  •  Destination Europe
  •  Leisure Match
  •  Great European Destinations
  •  Winners & Losers: Taking a look at one developing and one declining destination

Unit 4: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

  •  Aiming for Excellence
  •  Delivering Excellence

Unit 8: Long-haul Destinations

  • Welcome to the world of long-haul Destinations
  • What we need to know
  • Destination Focus
  • Tour Planning

Future opportunities

  • Take a degree or diploma in a more specialised subject area, such as human resource management, tourism management, marketing, business administration, customer service, event management or hospitality.
  • Start work. A GCE in Travel and Tourism is a good basis for a wide range of occupations in the travel and tourism industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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