Travel & Tourism

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What is it study Travel and Tourism at BCHS?

Tourism is the fastest growing industry on our planet and the UK hosted over 41 million visitors in 2018 and there were 1.4 billion tourist arrivals around the globe.

We have developed a number of strong links with tourist organisations such as Thorpe Park and Thomas Cook to enable students to see how the industry operates and is changing.

The BTEC allows students to

Learners will be given opportunities to: • write up the findings of their own research • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate processes.

Subject Overview - Sixth Form

Year 12 overview

We follow the Pearson BTEC (2019) Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism which has 4 units.

Year 12 will include two units:

  • The World of Travel and Tourism (external exam) - the travel and tourism industry in the UK is growing and is of major importance to the economy. Learners will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK.
  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism (coursework) - learners will focus on how to develop a successful marketing plan for use by travel and tourism organisations to attract and engage customers.

Year 13 overview

Year 13 covers two units:

  • Global Destinations (external exam) - Different types of destinations and their importance – learners will research the features and appeal of global destinations.
  • Visitor Attractions (coursework) - Learners develop analytical skills as they investigate the nature and role of both built and natural visitor attractions, their commercial success, appeal, response to diverse visitor needs and the importance of delivering a memorable visitor experience.



We have good working relationships with Thomas Cook and Thorpe Park and are building links with other local and national tourist attractions and companies.

How do we contribute to PHSEE, British Values and SMSC?

A number of areas are covered including:

  • Heritage tourism (in the UK and other countries)
  • Visiting friends and relatives (links to religious festivals)
  • Customers with specific requirements – different languages or cultures, specific needs – visual, hearing or mobility.
  • The voluntary sector - characteristics – funded by grants, donations, legacies, entry fees, staffed by volunteers though larger organisations, will also have paid employees or tenants, most have charitable status

What careers does Travel and Tourism support?

In addition to the travel and tourism sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline and time management, which are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers. These skills support learner progression into higher education or employment in a range of sectors.

Learners can progress to degree courses such as: • BA (Hons) in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism (includes Travel Management; Event Management; Tourism Management; Transport Studies; Air, Land and Sea travel; Hospitality Management; Recreation and Leisure Studies; Spa, Salon or Sport Management) • BA (Hons) in Business Studies • BA (Hons) in Business Management with Accounting and Finance • BA (Hons) in Marketing • BA (Hons) in International Tourism Management • BA(Hons) in Geography and Tourism • Bsc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management.

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