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Travel and Tourism A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Year 12 (AS level):

Unit 1 - Inside Travel and Tourism - will provide an introduction to the course. You will investigate the development of the industry and the roles of the different sectors of the industry. You will undertake a number of visits to industry providers, including trips to travel agents and theme parks.

Unit 2 – Travel and Tourism, A People Industry – you will focus on customer service. You will find out why this is so important to organisations and gain an understanding of how training and induction are important in preparing staff to provide excellent customer service.

Unit 3 - Travel Destinations - you will acquire a core knowledge of locational geography and be able to identify major tourist generating and receiving areas in Europe and North America. You will learn about the significance of geographical characteristics that affect tourism in specific destinations and why these appeal.


Year 13 (A2 level):

A2 Travel & Tourism consists of 3 units.

Unit 1 - students visit three organisations (an airport, a zoo & a hotel) to collect information on customer service and the running of organisations. 

Unit 2 is based on organising a trip, where the students become a business group and use the skills they have gained through A/S and A2 to organise a trip from start to finish.

Unit 10 is based on ‘current issues’ in the travel and tourism industry. Students will investigate a current issue (terrorism, economic climate, development of an airport) and evaluate the impact on the tourism in the surrounding areas and the communities themselves.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

4 at GCSE English.

Students need to be able to write with detail and analysis, and to manage the large portfolio which this course requires.


AS unit 1 is assessed by examination while Units 2 and 3 will be assessed through extended portfolios worked on throughout the year. This gives an excellent opportunity for students to work hard and effectively throughout the year and gain the results they deserve.

A2 unit 1 is assessed through 4 short examinations, while A2 units 2 and 10 are assessed through coursework.

Future opportunities

The subject provides a sound basis for progression to a range of H.E. courses, including HNC in Travel; HND in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management; Foundation Degree in Management and Tourism and BA in Management and Tourism.

With a GCE in Travel and Tourism, a candidate would be a suitable recruit for a role in a range of fields including travel agents, conference planning and resort representatives.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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