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Leisure and Tourism Double Award at King Edward VII

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Double Award, Vocational GCSE
Note: This option must be chosen in Humanities and Choice 4. It counts as two choices.

Why do a Double Award GCSE in Leisure and Tourism?
Leisure and Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This is a course for those interested in practical work-related learning. It provides technical knowledge, understanding, skills and business experience needed to become successful in the global leisure and tourism business. Students learn by experiencing business first-hand by visiting over 15 organisations during the 2-year programme.

The Course The course consists of 4 units of work:

Unit 1: Investigating Leisure and Tourism This unit explores the different types of leisure and tourism organisations in the UK and the facilities, products and services they offer. Students will be introduced to the business operations of many different organisations, including sales and marketing. Factors affecting customer choice will also be examined.

Unit 2: Sales, Promotion and Operations in Leisure and Tourism Students will learn valuable skills in identifying different selling situations, the marketing mix, promotional materials and promotional techniques. Students also research the impact of new technology on businesses.

Unit 3: The Leisure and Tourism Environment This unit will allow you to appreciate the importance of customer service skills. Students will learn about the different needs of customers and how to meet them. You will learn to: communicate successfully with customers, confidently organise formal presentations and keep customer records.

Unit 4: Customers and Employment in Leisure and Tourism This unit will look at the different types of leisure and tourism customer and how organisations meet their needs (including people of different ages, cultures, disabilities, group sizes and languages etc.) This unit will also allow students to study the skills, qualities and preparation needed to work in leisure and tourism.

Entry requirements



AssessmentThere is one tier of entry.

CourseworkTwo pieces of portfolio work are completed in Year 11 each piece is worth 25% of your final mark. The strong coursework element suits students who prefer coursework to examinations.

ExaminationsTwo short examinations (1 hour each) taken at the end of Y10 worth 25% of your final mark. As this qualification is a double award GCSE, students receive a double grade (e.g. AA).

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Future opportunities

After the 2-year course you will have a strong foundation for working in the Leisure and Tourism industry but the course offers skills relevant in many business environments. You can go on to do A Levels and further education courses, or straight into employment within the Leisure and Tourism industry.

Managerial employment possibilities include roles in hotels, travel agents, tour operators, theatre, cinema, airlines, sports centres, entertainment, theme parks, restaurants, fitness instruction, lifeguards and hundreds more business jobs in the UK and around the world. With this qualification the worldreallyis your oyster!

Further information

To become successful in this subject you will need strong organisation and time management, good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, good motivation and energy to work independently and good communication skills.

This course is able to be combined with other courses within a single application.

This course maybe subject to change from September 2010, please contact the School direct for the most up to date information.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016

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