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Travel & Tourism

Exam board & Specification: EDEXCEL BTEC First Certificate in Travel & Tourism

Head of Subject & Head of Faculty: Ms Spiller (spiller@williamellis.camden.sch.uk)

What will I study?

Pupils will investigate units ranging from Starting Work in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism to Customer Service. In order to make the course as business orientated as possible there are trips to local hotels, tourist attractions and local services as well as opportunities for work experience.

Why should I study this subject?

This is a vocational course aimed at providing pupils with an insight into the world of work. It focuses on the Travel & Tourism industry, – now the UK’s largest employer with over 5 million jobs

The Travel and Tourism industry is dynamic, wide-ranging and fast-growing, and it offers a huge variety of business and employment opportunities for young people.  The tourism industry is important to the UK and developing countries’ economies, with job opportunities in many diverse areas.

Even if you do not want to work in the business, studying Travel & Tourism makes an interesting addition to your portfolio of qualifications.  The Travel and Tourism course will allow you to develop a wide range of skills that are important in the workplace and will help increase your employability.  IT, research, time management, teamwork, communication and customer service skills are all vital components of the course.

How is this course assessed?

The course is 75% on-going assessment and 25% exams.  This means that pupils are given regular feedback on how to improve their work and overall grade.  Pupils will complete assignments in each unit, which are graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.  Deadlines are set for assignment completion that allows time for pupils to submit first drafts before the final submission.

Other Useful Information

The new structuring to the Specification will allow all pupils to be entered into the Level 2 course in Year 10, this is the equivalent of one A*-F grade at GCSE.  Typically pupils surpass their target grades, which help them to gain entry on to a desired further education course and ultimately succeed in a rewarding and challenging career.