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Travel Department

Have you ever been on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach? Cycled the sculpture trail in the Forest of Dean? What makes Cancun so appealing to teenagers? Why do families love Florida so much? How does the weather in Miami impact upon tourism? What impact did the Paris terrorist attacks have on the industry? How has the Zika virus impacted upon tourism?

Welcome to the Travel and Tourism department at Churchdown School Academy.

Travel and Tourism offers vocational courses which are fun, interesting and will help you develop new skills. The majority of the courses are internally assessed coursework assignments, so they are good for those who like doing project work and may be a little less suited to taking examinations. The courses offers opportunities to visit different destinations to study how they appeal to different tourists. Employers can see how the skills that are developed will be useful to them, and the course may open up work experience opportunities. You will develop your skills in researching new information, independent learning and extended writing.

KS4 Overview

Edexcel BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism

Unit 1 - The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

External Examination  25%

This unit provides an introduction to the Travel and Tourism sector and its importance to the UK economy. Learn about the different types of travel including leisure, business and more specialist types such as conservation and dark tourism. Discover and explore the different industries within the sector such as attractions, transport providers, accommodation providers, travel agents, tour operators and more. Investigate the impact of technology on the industry and how innovations such as e-passports, m-tickets and virtual tours have improved the service given to customers.

Unit 2 - UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

Internal coursework portfolio    25%

Have you ever been on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach? Cycled the sculpture trail in the Forest of Dean? Watched Gloucester beat Bath at Kingsholm? In this unit  you will learn about different destinations in the UK and how they appeal to different types of customers? How is Weston-Super-Mare appealing to both  teenagers and elderly people?  Investigate the sophisticated transport infrastructure that supports travel in and around the UK by road, rail air or sea. Become a travel agent and research and plan holidays for different customers finding suitable transport, accommodation and attractions.

Unit 4 - International Travel and Tourism Destination

Internal coursework portfolio    25%

Around the world in 80 days! In this unit research and discover the interesting and exciting places that people visit across the globe. What makes Cancun so appealing to teenagers? Why do families love Florida so much? What is it about Venice that makes it appeal to couples? Become a travel agent again and research and plan holidays for different customers finding suitable transport, accommodation and attractions using different sources such as the web, travel brochures and visits to travel agents.

Unit 5 - Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

Internal coursework portfolio    25%

Ibiza in June or January? Florida in hurricane season? Skiing in the Alps in the summer? Discover how weather and climate impact upon different destinations. Have you heard about the Ebola crisis? Investigate health risks associated with different destinations and how they can be prevented. Finally look at emergency situations like the Icelandic ash cloud, the Gloucestershire floods or the London July bombings and investigate their impact upon the Travel and Tourism sector.

KS5 Overview

Edexcel BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma

Will it suit me?

Following the overwhelming success of other BTEC Nationals such as Business and IT, we are extremely pleased to offer BTEC National Travel and Tourism in the 6th Form from 2016. The course is for anyone who has an interest in travel, travel destinations and the way that a customer facing business operates. The course is 100% coursework based which requires pupils to have strong organisational skills, brilliant time management and excellent independent learning skills. You do not need to have taken Travel and Tourism at GCSE level in order to study the subject at AS.

What does the BTEC National course include?

Unit 1: Investigate the Travel and Tourism Sector - This unit enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, its different industries and their role, and the interrelationships within the sector. Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of how the sector has developed over the last 50 years, what it is today and how it is being affected by current trends and factors.

Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism - This unit will enable pupils to gain knowledge and understanding about travel and tourism as a business. They will learn about how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to meet their aims, and will demonstrate business skills in presenting a business case for a feasible business.

Unit 3: The UK as a Destination - This unit enables pupils to develop their skills in locating destinations in the United Kingdom. It also allows pupils to gain an overview of the UK tourism product and how it attracts and meets the needs of domestic and inbound visitors. Pupils will develop their understanding of the factors that affect tourism to and within the UK.

Unit 4: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism - This unit enables pupils to gain understanding of how excellent customer service contributes to the success of travel and tourism organisations. Pupils will develop knowledge and skills to provide customer service and achieve sales in travel and tourism situations.

Unit 7: European Destinations - In this unit pupils will gain skills to enable them to locate and explore the diverse destinations that make up the European travel market. They will develop their knowledge of the appeal of destinations for different leisure experiences and gain an understanding of the factors affecting the development and decline of selected destinations.

Unit 8: Long-haul Travel Destinations - The focus of this unit is for pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of long-haul travel destinations. They will develop skills in locating major long-haul destinations, as well as the skills needed to plan a multicentre long-haul tour

 

Trips

The Travel and Tourism department takes all KS4 pupils to Weston-Super-Mare and the Forest of Dean to investigate the appeal of these destinations to different visitor types. We also intend to visit Cheltenham next year for the same purpose.

The Travel and Tourism course is a new addition to the sixth form. Students at this level will also need to investigate the appeal of UK and European destinations so residential trips at home and abroad are being planned as we speak. At KS5, pupils also need to investigate the Travel and Tourism industry as a business. Trips to businesses within the industry such as Thomas Cook, Holiday Inn and local attractions will be planned.

Next steps or Where the subject leads

Higher Education

A qualification in Travel and Tourism will be recognised by any college or university. Possible degree courses include Tourism Management, Events Management and Hotel Resort Management.

Employment within the Industry

The industry is a major employer within the UK and a major contributor to the UK economy.

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Due to the vocational nature of the qualification, the course also allows pupils to develop the knowledge and skills to gain employment in various sectors of the travel and tourism industry including travel agents, tour operators and accommodation providers.

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