KS5 Travel and Tourism


The Team

Miss Joanne Lillis (Leader - International Commerce)

Mr Samuel Allen

Mr Adebola Ogunmefun

Key Stage 5

Are you a people person? Are you fascinated by the tourism industry? Travel and tourism is a rapidly changing industry that requires employees with an enthusiastic approach to people. The industry is about working hard and playing hard, with good incentives.

This is a two-year course for students who have the enthusiasm to work with people from all walks of life and possibly get the chance to travel as part of your job. Whether you would like to go straight to work within the industry or progress to higher education, this course can prepare you for both.

Topics/Skills to be studied in Y12:

· Investigating the travel and tourism sector

· The business of travel and tourism

· The UK as a destination

Topics/Skills to be studied in Y13:

· Customer service in travel and tourism

· Long Haul Destinations

· European Destinations

You will be expected to complete 6 pieces of coursework over the 2 years in order to gain the qualification. All of the units are assessed internally by means of assignments, which are based on practical "hands on" tasks taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the Travel sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. All of the assignments are externally moderated by Edexcel and an overall grade of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's grades A*-C

Enrichment activities

The students have the opportunity to access personalised learning where the students will get extra support and advice from the business specialists in the departments in the completion of their coursework.


The department follows the Academy policy on homework.

A statement about literacy

This is a portfolio based subject therefore there is a continual focus on literacy

Textbooks used

Websites that students would find useful

· www.tutor2u

· BBC - news:economics - www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/economy

· Bized: business studies resources - www.bized.co.uk

· www.bized.co.uk/virtual/economy

· Individual travel and tourism business websites

Future Careers/progression

On successful completion of a BTEC specialist qualification, learners can progress to or within employment/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.

The course prepares you for to either work within the industry or progress to higher education. Students can consider many different career paths including various roles in airports, travel agencies, tour operators, airlines and at tourist attractions.