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Travel and Tourism Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact



The Travel and Tourism Department at Archbishop Tenison’s aim to develop an appreciation and understanding of the travel and tourism both in the UK and around the world. The qualification provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. You will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport and visitor attractions. You will investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK, and investigate different types of customer and UK destinations. You will also have the opportunity to study international travel and tourism. You will develop key skills, such as research, report drafting and writing skills and project management.



Our curriculum covers a variety of areas of within the travel and tourism sector. Threads that run through the curriculum involve looking at different holiday destinations within the UK as well as learning about cities abroad. Regular formative and summative assessments during topics and at the end of topics give pupils regular feedback regarding ways to improve their understanding and skills as they work through the curriculum. Lessons include a good range of activities to inspire different types of learners and lessons are planned to build systematically on skills and understanding as the topic progresses.



Pupils complete their Key Stage 4 course with a greater appreciation and understanding for the travel and tourism sector. Impact beyond the classroom is evident as pupils show interest in learning about topics not covered during the course, as well as looking into different travel and tourism inspired career paths.


Pearson Travel and Tourism BTEC


Year 10

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

Written exam, externally marked and verified.

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the range of organisations involved with different types of tourism in the UK, including their roles, how they work together and how they use technology to meet changing customer needs. This understanding is useful for a wide range of travel and tourism jobs, including travel services, tourism services, conferences and events, visitor attractions and passenger transport.


Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

Supervised coursework, externally verified.

This unit will give you an understanding of what the UK travel and tourism industry has to offer to tourists. It will enable you to identify and locate tourist destinations, major UK airports and seaports, as well as to discover sea routes and three-letter airport codes. You will also be introduced to reference materials and various sources of information to enable you to draw together your knowledge of the tourist destinations in order to successfully plan UK holidays for different types of customers using a range of sources.


Year 11

Unit 3: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience

Supervised coursework, externally verified.

In this unit you will look at the definition of customer service and what the main aims of customer service are; this may differ depending on the size and type of the travel and tourism organisation. You will look at different types of customers, both internal and external to travel and tourism organisations. Finally, you will consider the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations and understand the impacts of getting customer service right or, in some cases, wrong.


Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

Supervised coursework, externally verified.

Throughout this unit you will be asked to locate numerous international holiday destinations and their gateways. You will also be asked to investigate natural features, local attractions, accommodation and transport options to suit a variety of customers in various holiday destinations. This unit is particularly relevant for anyone who wishes to work in retail travel or tour operations and it will broaden your knowledge should you wish to work overseas, perhaps as a holiday representative or flying the world as cabin crew.



Travel and Tourism


Edexcel BTEC First Travel and Tourism Level 1/2



This course consists of mandatory three components that are individually assessed.


· Component 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

· Component 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

· Component 3: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience


You will also study one of the following areas:

· International Travel and Tourism Destinations

· Factors affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism


During Year 10 pupils will complete an internally assessed piece of coursework for Component 2 which is externally verified. This component teaches pupils how to plan a journey as well as being able to identify the UK's most important outbound travel routes. During the summer term of Year 10, the pupils will complete an externally assessed written exam for Component 1.


During Year 11 learners will complete coursework for Components 3 and 4. There are no written external exams to be taken during year 11 for this subject.

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