Travel & Tourism

BTEC Level 2 Award in Travel and Tourism


The text book for this course is AQA Leisure and Tourism by Stephen Rickerby published by Nelson Thomas.

ISBN: 978-1-4085-0413-0

Travel Guides

  • Lonely Planet Series
  • DK Eye Witness Travel Guides
  • TimeOut 1000 things to do in London
  • AA The Days Out Guide
  • Rough Guide to…
  • Columbus Travel Atlas
  • Holiday brochures

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

GCSE Leisure and Tourism -AQA

What skills students develop

By taking this GCSE you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about leisure and tourism activities and provision in the UK, gain skills in applying your knowledge to real-world situations, including planning and carrying out investigations, learn how to analyse and evaluate evidence and sources, to make reasoned judgements and to draw conclusions.

  • Leisure and Tourism is real: it is a practical subject about the real leisure activities that people do and about the fun places they visit. You have lessons on exciting places around the world.
  • Leisure and Tourism is interesting: it is about real world places and real people. You will have the chance to investigate leisure and tourism destinations for yourself.
  • Leisure and Tourism is useful: it will develop your knowledge and understanding of the world and one of its most important modern industries.

How students are assessed

This course consists of TWO units;

  • Unit 1 is an external examined unit and worth 40% of the total mark
  • Unit 2 is a controlled assessment which is carried out during lesson time and independently in students own time and is internally assessed. Unit 2 is worth 60% of the total marks.


Regular homework is set to develop exam skills required for Unit 1 and the completion of independent research for the internally assessed controlled assessment for Unit 2. 

All homework aims to consolidate knowledge and exam technique. It will require independent research, analysis and evaluations to be carried out in preparation for both units of work, with a heavy emphasis placed on the controlled assessment research for Unit 2.

How parents can help

  • Discuss the leisure and tourism destinations you may have visited or facilities you use in the local area
  • Encourage your child to watch leisure and tourism programmes such as BBC Coast, The Travel Channel and any other series or documentaries relevant to the world of leisure and tourism

School Trips

Visits are made to Brighton and Portsmouth to look at how leisure and tourism facilities are provided for visitors. External speakers are invited on occasion where possible during the course.