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.