Travel & Tourism BTEC

Travel & Tourism

1 Year Course 2016-2017

The thriving travel and tourism industry provides exciting opportunities requiring a wide range of skills including self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, IT and communication skills.

BTEC Firsts in Travel and Tourism provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the industry, such as:

  • Understanding travel and tourism destinations and investigating the appeal of UK tourist destinations
  • Presenting information about the key developments over time and how they have moulded and influenced UK travel and tourism into the sector it is today
  • Developing business and customer awareness by understanding the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations.

Learners will also be able to present their work in a variety of ways, including:

  • Producing leaflets and posters
  • Taking part in role-plays and discussions
  • Face-to-face or audio-visual presentations
  • Online media such as websites
  • Educational visits to tourist attractions and travel providers

The BTEC First Award in Travel & Tourism is highly respected by employers and higher education establishments alike. We want to ensure that the BTEC provides our students with a variety of skills needed to enter employment within in the service industry.

What our learners are studying

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the travel and tourism industry. It includes two core units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, followed by two further units designed to develop specific knowledge of the travel and tourism sector.
The core units are:

  • Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – this unit covers the main types of tourism in the UK, the contribution that travel and tourism makes to the UK economy and the different component industries that make up the UK travel and tourism sector.
  • Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – this unit covers what the different types of UK destinations have to offer, as well as locating tourist UK destinations and routes.

The further units are:

  • Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations – which looks at international travel and tourism destinations and gateways and reasons for their appeal to different visitors.
  • Unit 5: Factors affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism – which looks at how worldwide variables such as time zones, the climate of a destination, specific weather conditions (such as the monsoon and hurricanes), passport and visa requirements and short term emergencies (such as terrorism and natural hazards like volcanoes) can affect people on their travels.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism includes an external assessment for Unit 1. This will take the form of a 60 minute 50 mark examination taken at the end of the course and is worth ¼ of the final award. The other three units are assessed using an internally assessed portfolio of evidence. Internal assessment enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide the evidence required.

Students will study 4 Units across the course which will result in either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Plus (the equivalent of 1 GCSE at C-B-A- A* grades).