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Travel & Tourism at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Studying Travel and Tourism enables you to explore and appreciate the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry and recognise the positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people, environment and economies. You will learn about the travel industry’s dynamic nature and explore how it responds to changes such as terrorism, climate change and technology.

You will gain practical and technical skills relevant to the industry and to business in general. You will have to deal with a range of interesting, exciting and complex situations that will develop your team work and problem solving skills.

Skills Needed

You will need good communication skills, the ability to role play as well as possessing independent thinking skills. You should also be able to think logically and present ordered and coherent arguments. You must be able to make judgments, recommendations and reasoned decisions. You must have good literacy skills with the ability to produce extended pieces of writing.

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1 - Core Paper

Unit 1 - The nature of travel and tourism- This is about the different types of tourism, the scale of the travel and tourism industry as well as the how its developed over time with increased advances in technology. It also investiagtes the structure of the industry; from tour operators to tourist attractions.

Unit 2 - The managment and development of tourist destinations- This covers the socio-cultural, environmental, economic and political objectives of tourism. It also explores the impacts of tourism on a global, national and local scale as well as the evolution of destinations.

Unit 3 - The principles of customer service- this develops students communications and problem solving skills.

Paper 2: Coursework Planning and managing a travel and tourism event

Students must select an appropriate event and produce a business plan which includes description of event, timescales, resources, legal aspects such as health and safety and methods of evaluating event.

Year 2

Paper 3 - International Business and Leisure Travel Services

Unit 1 - International transport products and services- explores air, sea, rail and coach

Unit 2 - Other international and travel service providers- how the travel and tourism industry can boost income.

Unit 3 - Oganisations and regulations influencing international travel- explores the role of organisations such as the FCO, CAA and ABTA

Unit 4 - Factors influencing international travel- explores local, national, international and global factors that will affect travel choices.

Paper 4 -Specialised Tourism

Unit 1 - Ecotourism- investigates how tourism can be sustainable for the future

Unit 2 - Cultural Tourism- investigates the culturasl imporatance of destinations

Unit 3 - Adventure Tourism- a rapidly growing sector of the industry with exciting opportunities is explored in detail


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

GCSE Leisure & Tourism or Travel & Tourism preferrable


Year 1

Paper 1 - 2hrs 30mins exam 70%mark.

This is a written paper testing the core content of the syllabus. There are four structured questions which require short (4 mark) and extended answers (9mark).

Paper 2 - Coursework based 30% mark This is a coursrwork, you work in a team but present your final piece individually.

Year 2

Paper 3: 1hr 30 minute exam - 50% of final mark.
This is a written paper testing syllabus content on international business and leisure travel services. There are four structured questions which require short (4 marks) and extended answers (9 marks).
Paper 4: Coursework based 30% mark.
This is a coursework, you work in a team but present yor final piece individually.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Educational visits to Eden Project, Peak District, Blackpool, hotels and visits to universities to see what it’s like to study subject at degree and a selected festival to discover more about planning events.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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