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Travel and Tourism AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

The UK Tourism Alliance, in 2013 stated that “The UK Tourism industry employs 2.72 million people and is the UK’s third largest employer”. The World Travel & Tourism Council tell us that the Travel and Tourism Industry “supports 266
million jobs globally”. There are many diverse opportunities for employment within this sector and this qualification is the first step to learning about and understanding the possibilities. Travel and Tourism isn’t just about being an
‘overseas representative’ at a hotel complex, it is also about planning and organising adventures, such as trekking across the Gobi Desert, or through the Himalaya’s whilst having the knowledge and skills to be able to deal with
local issues such as Visa’s and border control and health issues; planning large scale events such as conferences or trade shows whilst understanding some of the legislation relating to Health and Safety, Trades Description Act to name but a few. If you set your sights high then you are unlikely to have many dull days working in this industry.
The OCR Applied AS/A level GCE in Travel and Tourism qualification can be taken as a single or double award at AS level, or can be taken as a single or double award at A level.
Skills that will be developed through this study are; research, organisation, planning, report writing, business style presentations, team working, working independently, evaluations of selves and others, dealing with customers both
internal and external.
At the end of the programme, students will have developed a real interest in the Travel and Tourism Sector and will hopefully have much greater aspirations to explore the wider world, either through the desire to travel for pleasure, or through the desire to work in different locations around the world.
 

Course content

The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units which form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.
All students will study: Introducing Travel and Tourism, Customer Service, Travel Destinations. Further units of study (dependent on double or single Award) may include; Tourist Attractions, Ecotourism, Event Management, Marketing,
Working Overseas, Adventure Tourism, Organising Travel and the Guided Tour.

Entry requirements

Candidates entering this course should have GCSE English Grades A* - C. Ideally, candidates will also have GCSE Maths A*- C but this is not essential, unless progressing to Degree level where some universities insist on having both English and Maths GCSE A*-C.

Assessment

For a single award, there will be an exam in June of each year and for the double award there will be 2 exams in June of each year. The remainder of the qualification is assessed through coursework.

Future opportunities

The points gained from either a single or double award at A2 level can be used to gain access to a large and diverse range of degree level courses at universities across the UK, including Solent, Bournemouth, Brighton and Plymouth.
Degree courses can include Geography, Business, Cruise Management, Sports and Countryside Management alongside Tourism Management.
For those who wish to go straight into employment after their Post-16 studies, the single or double award at either AS or A2 level should help to secure you a post in a travel and tourism related industry such as a Travel Agency, Tour Operator, Visitor Attraction, Airline, Hotel, plus many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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