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Travel and Tourism (BTEC)

Subject Vision

WHOLE SCHOOL VISION 

INTENT

Travel and Tourism is one of the UK’s largest sectors currently employing over 2.5 million people. The BTEC First award and Subsidiary Diploma in Travel provides students with a broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, that engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives

BroadBTEC Travel provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism giving students the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills. Students explore some of the key areas within the sector including accommodation, travel development and promotion, the different types of customers and the appeal of different UK destinations

Stimulating – How is international travel affected by weather conditions and terrorism? Students have the opportunity to investigate how domestic and inbound tourist are affected by trend and factors affecting the travel industry, and how coastal resorts appeal to the needs of different types of tourists

Enjoyable – Students have the opportunity to explore their own short and long haul destinations and the factors that affect travel. They have the opportunity to put themselves in the position of a travel agent and plan long haul holidays to Sydney

Engaging – We look at preparation for employment in the travel industry and the skills and opportunities required to progress. We have the opportunity to visit local coastal destinations, Margate and Broadstairs and identify the appeal of these destinations for local visitors.

Motivating – Students are encouraged to use local coastal resorts as case studies when exploring how UK destinations meet the needs of different tourists. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of group activities and role play scenarios acting as Travel agents and tour operators.

Challenging – The course provides a basis for progression to further study in this sector by following the BTEC National Sub Dip in the Sixth Form or an apprenticeship in either Travel and Tourism or Hospitality.


IMPLEMENTATION

The Travel and Tourism curriculum has been designed with the intention of providing our students with the skills required to tackle the formal assessment in Year 11 in addition to the internally assessed units across the two year course.

Teachers will present subject content clearly, promoting appropriate discussion, checking learning, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. As a result teachers will respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.

Assessments will be delivered in a way that promotes long-term memory as well as the appropriate exam technique required to respond effectively to questioning.


IMPACT

Students will make good progress against their outcomes, which will mean high attainment; a strong grounding for life in British society; good destinations for all student.

External exam grades will be monitored against target grades

Calculations will show grades students need to achieve in each unit to achieve target gradesFuture outcomes model will be used to focus on gaps between different groups of students and to provide support where required
 

Staff

Homework

Year Day Homework is set
Year 10 Wednesday
Year 11 Thursday

Year 12 and 13 Travel students will be set coursework tasks by each teacher each week.

 



Check the Curriculum Year information for the homework timetable.

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Level 2 Subject Information - KS4

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award (2018)

Travel and tourism is one of the UK’s largest sectors, currently employing over 2.5 million people. This qualification aims to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the travel and tourism sector. It gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in the travel and tourism sector.

Students studying level 2 Travel will receive 3 timetabled lessons a week, in Year 10 and 11. Over the course of the 2 years students will study 4 units.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10

Unit 2 – LAA: aims covered

Learning aim A: Know UK travel and tourism destinations and gateways

 

Plan in detail one route of road travel, one route of rail travel and one route of air travel in and around the

Unit 2

LAB: Investigate the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitors

 

Unit 2

LAB: Investigate the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitors

 

 

Unit 5

LAA: Investigate how climate, and worldwide time, can affect the appeal of worldwide destinations

Unit 5

LAA: Investigate how climate, and worldwide time, can affect the appeal of worldwide destinations

LAB: Understand influential factors on worldwide travel and tourism destinations

Unit 5

LAB: Understand influential factors on worldwide travel and tourism destinations

Year 11

Unit 1

Exam Preparation

Unit 1

Exam Preparation

Unit 3 Customer Service in the Travel Industry

LAA - Customer Service – What is it all about?

LAB - Explore the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector

Unit 3 Customer Service in the Travel Industry

LAB - Explore the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector

LAC  -  Understand the importance of Customer Service to Travel and Tourism Organisations

Unit 3 Customer Service in the Travel Industry

LAB - Explore the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector

LAC - Understand the importance of Customer Service to Travel and Tourism Organisations

Revision for Unit 1

 

Travel and Tourism - Course Details

 

Level 3 Subject Information - KS5

BTEC Level 3 (QCF)

Students in Year 12 and 13 studying the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel have 5 lessons a week, completing 3 units each year

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 12

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Components of the Travel Industry

Unit 3 - Locate UK gateways, tourist destinations and geographical features and the needs of inbound and domestic visitors to UK tourist destinations

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Roles and Responsibilities of Travel organisations and their inter relationships

Unit 3 - Identify features and facilities that attract visitors to UK destinations

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Roles and Responsibilities of Travel organisations and their inter relationships

Unit 3 - Understand how the UK inbound and domestic tourism is affected by internal and external factors

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Developments in the Travel Industry

Unit 3 - Understand how the UK inbound and domestic tourism is affected by internal and external factors

Bibliography and referencing work

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Factors and Trends affecting the Travel Industry

Unit 3 - Understand how the UK inbound and domestic tourism is affected by internal and external factors

Unit 8 - Location of destinations and factors that can affect travel

Identifying types of Long haul Holidays

Planning a 3 week long haul holiday

Unit 1 - Investigating the Travel and Tourism Industry

Factors and Trends affecting the Travel Industry

 

Unit 8 - Long haul destinations

Factors affecting long haul travel

Identify the suitability of Sydney as a holiday destination

Year 13

Unit 6 - Preparing for employment in the Travel Industry

Know about career opportunities in the travel and tourism sector

Unit 2 - Know the different types of organisations operating in the travel and tourism business environment

Know the characteristics of different types of travel and tourism organisations

Unit 6 - Preparing for employment in the Travel Industry

Know the stages of recruitment and selection in travel and tourism

Unit 2 - Know the different types of organisations operating in the travel and tourism business environment

 Know the characteristics of different types of travel and tourism organisations

Unit 6 - Preparing for employment in the Travel Industry

Understand the factors that contribute to an effective workplace

Unit 2 - Understand how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to achieve business aims

Unit 6 - Preparing for employment in the Travel Industry

Understand the factors that contribute to an effective workplace

Be able to prepare for application for employment in the travel and tourism

Unit 4 - Know the customer service skills required to meet customer needs in travel and tourism contexts

Understand the importance of providing excellent customer service in travel and tourism organisations

Unit 4 - Be able to apply customer service and selling skills in travel and tourism situations.

Know how travel and tourism organisations adapt customer service to meet the individual needs of customer

Improvements to all coursework units

 

TRavel (Subsidiary Diploma)

 

Revision - BTEC Level 2 First Award (KS4)

General Information (Useful Information for Parents)

Students studying level 2 Travel will receive 3 timetabled lessons a week, in Year 10 and 11. Over the course of the 2 years students will study 4 units.

In Year 10 students will complete two coursework units-

Unit 2 on Travel and Tourism Destinations and Unit 5 on Factors affecting the Travel Industry.

In Year 11 students will spend the first two terms revising for their January exam on the UK Travel and Tourism Sector. Students will have the opportunity to re sit this exam in the summer of Year 11.

The final 3 terms will be spent on completing the last coursework unit on the Travel Customer experience.

Personal Learning Checklist

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Revision Topics

Example Exam Questions/Model Answers

Sample Assessment Paper 

Sample Paper

Revision Material/Sharepoint

Unit 1 Revision Guide

(Pupils must log in with their username as their usual computer login followed by @st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk (e.g. JSmith123@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk) and their usual password they use to log on to school laptops)

Revision - BTEC Level 3 National (KS5)

There is no exam for this course

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Careers in Travel and Tourism

What does an air cabin crew do?

As a member of air cabin crew, you are responsible for the comfort and safety of passengers on an aeroplane. You’ll meet and greet passengers, provide the safety briefing, and serve food and drinks. You will need excellent communication skills and a good level of English and numeracy skills. Travel is an essential part of the role. 

What do I need to do to become an air cabin crew?

Entry requirements for air cabin crew vary between airlines. Airlines usually require air cabin crew to be between five feet two inches and six feet two inches tall, with weight restrictions varying.

You will need to be able to swim well and have a good level of physical fitness. You will need to be over the age of 18 to become a member of air cabin crew. The ability to speak a second language is highly desirable.

Airlines will usually require a good standard of education, including GCSEs (grades A-C) in maths and English, or equivalent qualifications. Previous experience in a customer service role will also be useful.

Vocational courses involving an element of customer service, e.g. travel and tourism, or hospitality and catering, could provide some useful background knowledge. Similarly, apprenticeships in these areas could provide helpful skills. 

Essential qualifications

  • Ability to swim
  • Meet height and weight restrictions for the airline (these vary so make sure you check before you apply)
  • Over 18 when you apply

 

Airline Pilot

What does an airline pilot do?

Airline pilots fly goods and people to destinations across the world. You could be working for a big airline or smaller airline. The size and type of aeroplanes you fly will vary depending on which route you are travelling and how many people, or how much cargo you are transporting. You’ll need good leadership skills as well as being able to work effectively in a team. You’ll also need to be good at problem solving. You may be flying shorter internal (within a country) routes, or you may be piloting longer international journeys – either way, travel is an essential part of the job.  

What do I need to do to become an airline pilot?

You will usually need to have flown a number of hours as a first officer. To become a first officer, you must first complete your Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL). There are three main routes to obtaining the ATPL – through private training, through armed forces training, or through a university course which includes pilot training. To obtain a full ATPL you must be over 21 years old. To work as a first officer or airline pilot, you will need to also pass a rigorous medical test. 

Essential qualifications

  • ATPL
  • Over 21 years old
  • Pass medical test

 

Tour Manager

Tour managers manage the travel arrangements of holidaymakers and business clients.

What does a tour manager do?

Tour managers, or tour directors, are responsible for making sure that travel arrangements for groups of holidaymakers run as smoothly and enjoyably as possible. Tour managers accompany passengers throughout a tour, keeping them informed about details such as arrival and departure times and places of interest.

The role would usually involve working on coach tours that could last from two or three days to over a month. It might also involve working on tours by rail or cruise ship.

This job would involve:

  • welcoming the tour group at the start of their trip and informing them of travel arrangements and stopover points
  • making sure all travel arrangements run according to plan, and that the accommodation, meals and service are satisfactory
  • helping with passport and immigration issues
  • giving spoken commentaries about places en route (local guides may also be used)
  • promoting and selling excursions to tour members
  • advising on sights, local restaurants and shops at each destination
  • recording issues that may require follow-up after the tour

Tour managers would need to be available at almost any time to give advice, solve problems and deal with emergencies, such as loss of passports or money, illness or difficulties with accommodation.

They might also specialise in the business-travel sector. This would involve managing the travel arrangements for people on business, which could include dealing with insurance, visas, vehicle hire and responding to itinerary changes.

What do I need to do to become a tour manager?

You do not usually need any particular qualifications to become a tour manager, but you would need a good standard of general education.

You would also need:

  • experience of working with people
  • a friendly and approachable manner
  • a keen interest in the culture, geography and history of the locations covered by the tour
  • a good working knowledge of foreign languages if touring overseas
  • experience of working overseas if the job you are applying for is based abroad

You could move into this job after gaining experience in a related role, such as a travel agent, tour guide or tour rep.

Qualifications related to leisure, travel and tourism are available at all levels through colleges and universities and you may find it useful to complete one of these, but it is not essential.

 

Career Pathway