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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Travel & Tourism

‘To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.’  Bill Bryson

Head of department/faculty: Mrs N Ockerby

Introduction to Course

Travel and tourism should encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors such as business, retail and distribution, and hospitality and catering. The course should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Subject content KS4

Apart from Unit 1, each unit is assessed through one or more assignments which are set by your teacher. Each assignment tests your knowledge, understanding and application of a part of the course content for the unit and is marked against assessment criteria. You will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction for the criteria assessed by each assignment. These are then combined to give you a grade for the whole unit. 4 units are studied in total, 1 unit is an external exam.

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

Travel and tourism is one of the UK’s largest sectors, currently employing over 2.5 million people. In this unit students gain an understanding of the range of organisations involved with different types of tourism in the UK, including their roles, how they work together and how they use technology to meet changing customer needs.

Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

The travel and tourism sector is also one of the largest and fastest growing in the world. An understanding of this sector is essential for anybody looking to pursue a career in travel and tourism, and knowledge of travel geography has been identified by employers as being a very important asset for working in the industry. This unit will give students an understanding of what the UK travel and tourism industry has to offer to tourists. It enables student to identify and locate tourist destinations, major UK airports and seaports, as well as to discover sea routes and three-letter airport codes.

Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

There are over 190 countries in the world. Working in the travel industry provides opportunities to explore some of these countries.This unit is particularly relevant for anyone who wishes to work in retail travel or tour operations and it will broaden student knowledge, preparing them if they  should wish to work overseas, perhaps as a holiday representative or flying the world as cabin crew.

Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

Travel and tourism employees must have well-developed knowledge and understanding of the world, and of how different conditions and events can affect the sector. In this unit students will study climatic conditions that affect travel and tourism around the world. They will also identify time zones, calculate worldwide time differences and examine the effect these can have on visitors travelling across time zones

Exam board KS4: BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism (Level 2)

Typical lesson activities

The course content for each unit will be taught in a variety of ways:

  • Some of the work will be taught in lessons in the classroom.
  • Some of the work will involve research using a variety of sources including books, holiday brochures, magazine, newspapers and the internet.
  • As the assignments are an assessment they must be completed in exam conditions

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