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Travel & Tourism

Business Studies
Type of Qualification:
BTEC National Extended Certificate
Exam Board:
Grade 5 GCSE in English and Mathematics

Course Content

This course examines the Travel and Tourism industry in the UK as an essential part of our economy and a key source of income for our country. In Unit 1, learners will investigate and learn to analyse statistics of what makes this such an important industry. In Unit 2, a variety of different destinations will be researched, what different features do they have and what makes them attractive, including overseas destinations. For Unit 3, the importance of Marketing for destinations and venues will be discovered, including the opportunity to develop a marketing campaign for a particular attraction or venue. In Unit 9, students will discover a variety of different local, national and international visitor attractions, with the chance for some off site visits. You will investigate what visitor attractions mean by visitor experience and how these attractions develop, diversify and use technology to meet the needs of different types of visitors.

Style Of Assessment

This is a BTEC course and so the majority of the course is coursework based.

  • Unit 1: The World of Travel & Tourism, Written Exam 1hr30mins
  • Unit 2: Global Destinations, Controlled Assessment, 2 weeks prep phase with a pre-release and a 3 hour written report
  • Unit 3: Principles of Marketing, Coursework
  • Unit 9: Visitor Attractions, Coursework

Whose kind of course?

If you have an interest in the world of travel and tourism, business or Geography, this is the course for you! For many students, BTEC is a much better method of study with rigorous assessment but less exam pressure. The course covers a wide range of business and geography principles as well as investigating the industry specifically so will suit a wide range of interests and can be used to develop into a wide range of future study with many transferable skills such as data analysis, report writing, researching, analysis and evaluation. You need to be happy with completing a range of different written assessments and completing some numerical analysis such as reading information accurate from a graph and interpreting data.

Career Prospects

  • Further study in Travel & Tourism, Business, Marketing, Hospitality and more
  • Corporate hospitality
  • Cabin crew
  • Hotel & restaurant management
  • Marketing executive including social media marketing
  • Travel agency
  • Theme park management
  • Visitor attraction manager
  • Cruise ship steward
  • Travel planning
  • Customer service (airline, airport, rail services, tour operator…)