Travel & Tourism

BTEC Level 2 Award in Travel and Tourism


The text book for this course is BTEC FIRST Pearson Travel and Tourism ISBN: 978-1-4469-0627-9

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



BTEC Level 2 Award in Travel & Tourism

Board and Exam Details

BTEC Edexcel - Pearson

Full course specification

What skills students develop

For more than 25 years, BTECs have earned their reputation as well-established, enduringly effective qualifications. They have a proven track record in improving motivation and achievement among young learners. Additionally, BTECs provide progression routes to the next stage of education or into employment.

The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. Entry-level employment opportunities in travel and tourism include junior roles such as assistant travel agent, tourist information clerk or part of a visitor attraction team.

When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a level 3 course or an apprenticeship.

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

The BTEC First suite continues to reflect this ethos and builds on the recommendations outlined in the Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report (March 2011). That report confirmed the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum for learners.

How students are assessed

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification; the grades are Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction and Level 2 Distinction*. 

Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade.

Learners whose level of achievement is below a Level 1 will receive an unclassified U result

This course is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE) and has core units and optional specialist units.25 per cent of the qualification is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments

The course gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts and provides opportunities for synoptic assessment. Learners will apply the skills and knowledge gained from the core units when studying the optional specialist

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.