Travel & Tourism

Head of Department: Mrs C Owen:


The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is approx. £126 billion and the sector employs around 3.1 million people.

The BTEC level 3 certificate in Travel and Tourism involves two exams and two coursework portfolios and is equivalent to one A level:

Unit 1: The world of travel and tourism

Unit 2: Global destinations

Unit 3: Managing the customer experience

One optional unit could be: The Airport Experience, Specialist Tourism, Visitor Attractions, Events, conferences and exhibitions, work experience in travel and tourism


The course is graded using pass, merit and distinction.

This qualification is designed to be flexible. You may use it to move into a job or an apprenticeship in travel and tourism or may use it as a stepping stone to higher education.


How will work be assessed?

2/3 units will be assessed through exams. The other unit will be assessed through coursework, which could mean writing reports, taping discussions, making scrap-books or getting others to witness what you have done.

What next?

A level Travel and Tourism results are consistently amongst the best in the 6th form. Past students have gone on to study foundation degrees in tourism and adventure tourism, or degrees in tourism.


Student comments:

“I choose Travel & tourism because I find it easier to do coursework than exams”

“I took A-Level T& T because I am used to coursework from BTEC courses and I know I prefer to work steadily over the year and keep improving my work.”

“This subject can be picked up even if you haven’t studied it before, you don’t feel like you have been chucked in at the deep end because everything is explained to you really well and the teachers are helpful”

“If you’re planning on taking business studies the two subjects go really well together, because you learn about customer service in both”

“If you ever feel like you need extra support there is always someone to help you, there is after school catch up on a Tuesday.”