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Travel and Tourism (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

The course offers a varied programme of coursework and exam preparation in each year.  The first year (AS Level) introduces learners to the history of the industry, its many sectors and their roles, along with case studies of organisations and how they work together.  The coursework develops techniques of research and analysis and an understanding of the diverse destination types and their appeal across the UK and the rest of Europe.

During the second year (A2), the exam unit focuses on the development of travel and tourism across the globe and the economic, environmental and social-cultural impacts this can have on the local area.  The coursework involves the class planning, delivering and evaluating a travel and tourism event for customers, which develops team work and many other practical, employment related skills.

Course content

For the AS Level, you will study:

  • Unit 1:  Introducing Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 2:  Investigating Tourism Destinations

For the A2 Level, you will study:

  • Unit 8:  Event Management in Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 5:  Tourism Impacts and Tourism Development

You will develop work-related skills including the use of ICT, destination knowledge, customer service, and the ability to communicate.

Entry requirements

You must have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, one of which should be English (preferably at grade B), or Merit level at the OCR or BTEC Level 2 National Certificate (recommended), plus GCSE English. 

It may be possible to study both years of the course


Units 1 and 5 are assessed by exams, contributing 40% to your overall grade.  Units 2 and 8 are assessed by your portfolio of work, contributing 60% to your overall grade.

Future opportunities

This A Level along with other A Levels, will allow you to go on to Higher Education, including foundation or degree courses.  The course is designed to give you a working knowledge of the travel, tourism and related industries, together with some of the practical skills required for work in this area.

This course can be taken with other AS/A Level subjects such as a modern foreign language, ICT, Business or Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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