Travel and Tourism

We aim to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism giving learners an opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment within the tourism sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport, and visitor attractions.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism, is for learners who want to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring the aims of different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, how organisations meet customer requirements, and the influences on global travel and tourism as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden learners’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.


If pupils have ever wondered about the world we live in, dreamt about countries in far flung places and thought about how they can travel the world, Travel and Tourism is the option for you. With the travel industry being one of the fastest growing in modern Britain, an understanding of the concept of travel and tourism, the economic benefits and the impact on local and international communities is vital. When selected in conjunction with other courses such as Business, Languages or Geography, Travel and Tourism will create experts in the field and support any pupil that wishes to follow a pathway to the travel industry.


With transferable skills that will improve any learner, we prepare pupils to be confident in exploring different cultures and promoting travel to different destinations around the world. Our enthusiastic team provide the support and challenge to pupils and the resources to excel in leading their learning of the world around them.


This course has been designed for candidates who wish to gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry. This course will use a variety of examples at local, national and global scale.

BTEC travel and tourism is a subject that is taught as an option subject. Students that opt to take travel and tourism in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week in mixed ability classes and are working towards a BTEC level 2 award which is the equivalent of a GCSE. They follow Pearson BTEC Tech award in Travel and Tourism. They will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction following their examinations three pieces of coursework. Pearson Set Assignments (PSA’s) are completed February to May (Year 10) and October to December (Year 11) worth 60%. Students will also sit one exam in Summer of Year 11, worth a final 40% towards the qualification. Feedback is related to BTEC criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course. Homework is set on a weekly basis.


Throughout the course, students develop the following skills:

  • The opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment.
  • Develop knowledge of key areas within the travel and tourism sector.
  • Investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK, and investigate different types of customer and UK destinations.

It will develop key skills, such as research, report drafting and writing skills and project management.

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:


Links to Pearson BTEC Tech Exam Board Specifications

PSA catch up sessions are offered throughout February to May (Component 1) and October to December (Component 2) and Revision sessions are offered in the final term before sitting their final exam (Component 3)


Department produced Revision Guides and Personal Learning Checklist (PLC’s) are used throughout all topic subsections.