Travel and Tourism

Travel & Tourism

Faculty of Humanities


Mrs R McElhone - Head of Humanities/Subject Leader

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


Curriculum Intent

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 10 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



KS4 Curriculum 2021-2022


 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.


Examination Assessment 


Length of Exam


Unit 1


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



Curriculum Maps

Year 10 - Curriculum Map 2021-2022

Year 11 - Curriculum Map 2021-2022