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Travel and Tourism OCR Level 3 at Copleston High School

Course description

In the first year students study 3 units: Unit 1 Investigating Travel & Tourism, Unit 2 Customer Service and Unit 3 Worlwide Destinations. Unit 1 students investigate the nature of tourism, the structure and components of the industry and the factors which have driven its development during the last 100 years. The unit is examined in the summer term through a pre-released case study on a tourist area in the UK.

Unit 2 requires students to investigate how an organisation of their choice meets the principles of good customer service and how it provides such service to different types of customers. In addition to studying a local tourist organisation students are assessed on their own customer service skills through role play simulations and producing replies to letters of complaint. The unit is assessed as a coursework portfolio.

Unit 3 is similarly coursework-based and requires students to investigate one long haul and one short haul overseas tourist destination of their choice, assessing the appeal and attractions of each location to UK tourists and researching visitor patterns and numbers. In the second year there are 3 further units of study.

Unit 9 Tourism Development, Unit 10 Event Management and Unit 11 Guided Tours.

Unit 10 requires students to plan, stage and evaluate a tourism event such as a trip to London or to a theme park. Unit 11 requires students to investigate a range of guided tours provided for tourists and plan, stage and evaluate a guided tour of their own. Both of these units are assessed through coursework portfolios in February

Course content

The course will include a varied amount of teaching strategies, including student and teacher led activities. As the majority of the course is portfolio based, there will be a lot of independent learning. The course will give the opportunity for the students to plan their own study visit as well as field trips throughout the course to research information about different areas.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. The ability to produce extensive coursework and work to tight deadlines. Plus a proven aptitude in Art and Design subjects. This is a locality course and cannot be taken with another locality subject.


Work is internally assessed via two pieces of coursework each marked out of 50- these will be taught in the Autumn term. There is also a 2 hour examination in the summer term. This is supplemented with a pre-released case study which informs the learning for the spring/summer term. Coursework = 66% Final Examination = 33% - AS.

Future opportunities

There are many higher education courses which you could move onto, from Event Management to Tourism Development which would lead to jobs in both the largest and fastest growing job sector in the UK.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Copleston High School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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