Travel & Tourism

Travel and Tourism Curriculum Intent

The intent of the travel and tourism curriculum is to enable students to experience and understand the subject in such a way that it opens their eyes to the careers available and the employability skills needed to get there through a challenging academic program that is enriched with real world case studies and examples. The travel and tourism curriculum is one that allows all individuals to follow a career path and goals that they desire through giving them the opportunity to study the subject that quite literally opens the world up to them that is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.  The subject is offered as a vocational pathway in Level 2 at GCSE and in Sixth Form at Level 3.  

Through studying BTEC travel and tourism Level 2 and Level 3 students will develop a critical understanding of the world around them both in the UK and wider afield. They will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to understand the workings of the travel and tourism, hospitality and events industries. Students will be able to critically evaluate their ideas in order to better their understanding of customer service.  Students will develop an understanding of developments in the travel and tourism world, the impacts on the individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of businesses in the travel world. 

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

Educational visits are made to various UK destinations throughout the course to look at the facilities and infrastructure provided for tourists and the delivery of customer service from a variety of service industry organisations. Theme Parks such as Chessington World of Adventures Resort, have been visited in the past, to look at customer service. External speakers are invited on occasions where possible during the course.

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