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GCE Travel and Tourism at Longdean School

Course description

The Travel and Tourism course can be taken over two years and is split into an AS and A2 award, which gives you the option to leave after a year.

It combines coursework and an exam in each year of the course. The exam is worth 40% of the overall grade and the written paper is worth 40%.

AS Award - Mandatory Unit 1 and then choose between units 2 and 4

A2 Award - Mandatory Unit 5 and choose between units 6 and 8

Course content

AS Unit Titles - Year 1

Unit 1 Introducing Travel and Tourism - 1 hour Written Paper - 40%

  • The Nature of Travel and Tourism
  • The development of Travel and Tourism
  • Sectors of the Travel and Tourism industry and interdependence

Written paper of short and extended structured questions.

Unit 2 - Investigating Tourism destinations - Portfolio Assessment - 60%

  • The characteristics of tourist destinations
  • Destination appeal
  • Trends in popularity
  • Tourist area life cycle

Unit 4 - Working with customers in Travel and Tourism - Portfolio Assessment -60%

  • Customer service skills
  • The importance of customer service
  • Dealing with customers
  • Duties, training and personal qualities of staff

A2 level Unit Titles - Year 2

Unit 5 Tourism Impacts and Tourism Developments - 2 hour written paper 40%

  • Economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts
  • Agents of tourism development
  • Responsible tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Tourism development

Written paper of short and extended structured questions.

Unit 6 Trends and issues in Travel and Tourism - Portfolio 60%

  • Technological change
  • Change in consumer expectations
  • Political change and security issues
  • Product development
  • Environmental change

Unit 8 Event Managing in Travel and Tourism - Portfolio Assessment 60%

  • Business planning
  • Team building
  • Decision making

Entry requirements

Pupils are expected to have at least 5 grades A-C. A suitable foundation for the course would be Travel and Tourism at Level 2 or GCSE level and/or Geography. Grade C or higher in English of Maths would be helpful.


Each year pupils are expected to complete a portfolio of coursework and a written examination paper.

Further information

What could this course lead to?

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Travel and Tourism or a related area through a range of higher education courses eg Tourism Management, progression into the next level of vocational qualifications eg HND in Travel and Tourism or directly into employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 January 2015
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