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Travel & Tourism AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

Students will study the world’s fastest growing industry. They will look how the tourism industry has developed in the UK and how this has influenced the patterns of global tourism we see today. Students will also complete a portfolio, demonstrating that they can use a range of skills to synthesise information from a range of sources. They will also develop independent learning skills through completing this portfolio.
What will I study?
Single award AS consists of students sitting units 1 and 2. For a single A2 award, units 5 and 6 will be completed.
Travel & Tourism AS/A2
AS Units
Unit 1 – Introducing Travel and Tourism
 The nature of Travel and Tourism
 The development of Travel and Tourism
 Sectors of the Travel and Tourism industry and interdependence
Students will learn about the nature of the travel and tourism industry and the developments in the industry since the mid-twentieth century. Students will also need to interpret and use statistical information about the industry and use appropriate case studies in their studies.
Unit 2 – Investigating Tourism Destinations
 The characteristics of tourist destinations
 Destination appeal
 Trends in popularity
 Tourist area life cycle
Students will learn about the significance of human and physical geography characteristics that affect tourism and that each destination has key features that appeal to different types of tourist. They will also need to develop their research skills to develop their knowledge of tourist destinations and how they appeal to different types of customers.
A2 Units
Unit 5 – Tourism Impacts and Tourism Developments
 Economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts
 Agents of tourism development
 Responsible tourism
 Sustainable tourism
 Tourism development
Students will need to learn about the environmental, economic and socio-cultural impacts of tourism and the positive and negative impacts that tourism has on host destinations. Additionally, students will need to know and understand about the ways in which the values and attitudes of stakeholders affect tourism development.
A2 Units
Unit 6 – Trends and Issues in Travel and Tourism
 Technological change
 Change in consumer expectations
 Political change and security issues
 Product development
 Environmental change
Students will learn about the issues which affect the travel and tourism industry over which the industry itself has no control. These issues may be as a result of socio-economic, political, environmental or technological factors. After studying a range of current issues in the travel and tourism industry, the candidate must select one current issue and carry out an in-depth investigation. In undertaking the investigation, candidates will need to be able to undertake extensive research
How will I be Assessed?
AS Unit 1 - Written Paper (1 ½ hours) - 40% Short answers testing specification knowledge as well as extended answers incorporating application and analysis.
AS Unit 2 - Portfolio - 60% The portfolio is based on two tourist destinations, one in the UK and one in Europe.
A2 Unit 5 - Written Paper (2 hours) - 40% Extended answers with stimulus material.
A2 Unit 6 - Portfolio - 60% The portfolio is based on an in depth study of an issue facing the travel and tourism industry.
What does it lead to?
Typically, this course leads to employment within the travel and tourism industry. 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. The independent learning skills that are developed through this course also prove very beneficial across a wide range of university courses.

Entry requirements

Students must have a grade C in GCSE English Language. A GCSE in Geography would be preferable although not essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

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