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Travel and Tourism BTEC level 3 at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

Students can expect a fun and exciting course which examines all aspect of the Travel and Tourism industry. Also the course:

• offers candidates a number of learning opportunities which will provide a choice of assessment methods suitable for their needs.

• offers candidates a series of learning opportunities set within both an internal and external framework.

• offers candidates the chance to acquire a broad range of skills through the study of authentic Travel and Tourism contexts.

• offers candidates the flexibility to pursue a qualification which covers the key areas of the Travel and Tourism industry.

• provides a range of units designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training for employment.

Course content

AS Units 

Introducing travel and tourism 

  • Nature of travel and tourism
  • Scale of the travel and tourism industry 
  • Development of the modern travel and tourism industry 
  • Structure of the travel and tourism industry.

Customer service in travel and tourism 

  • Principles of customer service
  • Needs of external and internal customers
  • Customer-service skills and personal presentation
  • Assessment of the quality of customer service in travel and tourism

Travel destinations 

  • Research skills
  • Geographical locations of major short-haul and long-haul destinations for UK tourists
  • Key features of major destinations
  • Why different destinations appeal to different tourist groups
  • Changes in popularity of tourist destinations.

A2 Units may include

Tourism development 

  • Agents of tourism development 
  • Objectives of tourism development
  • Impacts of tourism development.

Event management 

  • Feasibility of the project
  • Teamwork
  • Marketing the event
  • Financing the event
  • Occasion management
  • Carrying out the project
  • Evaluation of the project.

The guided tour 

  • Different purposes and types of guided tour
  • Merits and deficiencies of different types of guided tour
  • Devising and delivering a guided tour.

Ecotourism 

  • Nature, aims and objectives of ecotourism
  • Ecotourism’s contribution to social, cultural and environmental issues
  • Purpose of ecotourism projects
  • Trends and future appeal of ecotourism projects.


Entry requirements

Learners need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE’s A* – C.


The course is predominantly (66.6%) marked through coursework which is internally assessed. At AS the assessment will come in the form of two pre-determined coursework assignments centred on the topics in units 2 and 3. The final 33.3% of marks is available through a final exam based upon the work completed in unit 1. A2 is assessed through 66.7% coursework and 33.35 exams.

Future opportunities

Students who achieve this qualification often go on to study geography, Business Studies, International Business, Journalism, Languages and Tourism. Many go on to work for Leisure companies, Airlines, Tour Operators and Events Management.

Further information

Travel and Tourism is a particularly successful subject within Sixth Form at Voyager.

1. The A2 class obtained the first grading of A* in the country for the exam board we use.

2. AS and A2 student work and teacher marking is used as exemplars and training material by the exam board for every unit we offer

3. The AS and A2 classes have maintained a 100% pass rate over 5 years and have always produced a positive residual for students as based on ALIS test data and GCSE scores

4. Students have organised events with revenue of over £10,000

5. The teachers of the subject have gained accreditation from the exam boards for their work every year since the start of the courses in both BTEC and A level showing the accuracy of marking

6. Has maintained a positive value added every year at every level for the last five years. The subject has maintained results above national standards despite taking cohorts significantly below national standards every year.

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: 09 November 2017
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