Travel and Tourism
Travel & Tourism
Faculty of Humanities
Mrs R McElhone - Head of Faculty
Mrs J Illidge
We strive to prepare our learners for the world of work by developing transferrable vocational/employability skills. These skills will support learners planning to enter employment in the travel and tourism sector or who wish to progress to further vocational qualifications at college and university. Our learners develop a range of personal skills and attributes needed in the workplace. We encourage learners to work effectively in teams as well as becoming independent learners. Learners are well supported within our inclusive department.
Our aim is to inspire and enthuse pupils by providing a comprehensive and challenging programme that will:
- give pupils the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector
- develop relevant skills in the travel and tourism sector
- provide pupils with a route through education that has clear progression pathways into further study or an apprenticeship
Once you pass this course, you can choose from a number of progression pathways:-
- study at a higher level, through the BTEC Level 2 Diploma, BTEC National Level 3 or through the City & Guilds.
- Many travel companies offer apprenticeship schemes that include a variety of different routes to choose from.
- You could go on to university to study a degree in a wide range of subjects
The Travel and Tourism curriculum is one that allows all learners to follow a career path and goals that they desire, through giving them the opportunity to learn about one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.
The BTEC First Level 1/2 Award broadly focus on the same core areas of the Travel and Tourism industry; customer service, T&T destinations and external factors that impact on the Industry. Knowledge is built effectively in Level 2 to ensure learners are fully prepared for the move to Level 3 at college.
The level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism is offered to students in year 9 as part of their option choices. The combination of units studied gives the right balance between challenge and engagement but also delivers practical knowledge and skills that can be built on further at level 3. Within this programme, learners look at the UK Travel and Tourism industry and further extend their knowledge on the UK as a destination. Learners will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport and visitor attractions. They will also have the opportunity to explore the importance of the Travel and Tourism sector to the UK, as well as investigate different types of customers and UK destinations.
I believe the curriculum is balanced in terms of developing knowledge and skills. The curriculum offers an engaging and stimulating introduction to Travel and Tourism, giving learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The curriculum gives learners the opportunity to develop key skills, such as research, report drafting and writing/presentation skills, not only embedding the skills that modern businesses desire in employees but also giving learners an academic challenge to overcome. The intent of the course is to provide all our learners with the skills they would need to be successful in the world of Travel and Tourism.
We implement the Pearson BTEC First Level 1/2 Award as the exam board provider and scheme of work. The externally assessed exam follows a similar style to GCSE subjects and is, therefore, familiar to learners. The post exam reviews from Pearson enable me to inform learners how to perform well in moving forward.
Many learners find the externally assessed examination the most challenging aspect. However, lessons are effectively planned and all learners are given revision materials to support their progress. They also have the opportunity to re-sit the exam should they require it.
During the Teaching and Learning phase, learners are able to see how they are doing in their independent study. This is a vital reflective tool for learners as it enables them to see where they need to address any issues or misconceptions before attempting their assignment work. Progress is monitored with tracking sheets, which gives learners the opportunity to see how they are progressing over time.
In Travel and Tourism lessons, we make links to the real organisations, which learners find engaging and interesting. Lessons often contain real Travel and Tourism industry examples that bring the subject to life and help them to apply the knowledge that they have acquired in context. Where appropriate, learners examine local organisations in terms of these examples. We keep lessons up-to-date with reference to appropriate documentaries, news items and case studies. In lessons, we reference any aspects of the curriculum that will benefit learners in future careers in the Travel and Tourism industry.
There are a number of numerical aspects of the course that learners can build on skills developed in Maths, such as percentage change, ratios and a range of numeracy skills used in various business-related calculations including break even and financial accounts.
Learners have consistently made good or better progress in BTEC T&T. The BTEC outcomes for the school are consistently high.
As a department, we are proud of the number of learners who have gone into further study or gained employment in the Travel and Tourism industry.
Provision for Disadvantaged Students
Policies are in place to support the learning of disadvantaged learners. They have access to the same curriculum as all other learners and are provided with appropriate in-class support. All teachers are aware of the disadvantaged learners in their groups and seating plans are annotated accordingly. Teachers ensure all learners receive feedback on their work that will enable them to make progress. Learners are supported in responding to that feedback. Assessment activities carried out in lesson are planned and written so that learners with access arrangements in external exams receive the same in class tests (eg 25% ET, use of ICT).
KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020
BTEC – Year 1
In the first year of the BTEC, learners will cover:-
UNIT 1 - The UK Travel & Tourism Sector. This is an externally assessed examination.
UNIT 2 - UK Travel & Tourism Destinations.
BTEC – Year 2
In the second year of the BTEC, learners will cover:-
UNIT 5 - Factors affecting Worldwide Travel & Tourism.
UNIT 3 - The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience.
Length of Exam
Externally set and assessed by the Exam Board and worth 25% of the total course
Units 2, 3 and 5
Internally assessed assignments worth 75% of the total course