Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism curriculum intent

The travel and tourism curriculum supports our students in becoming more knowledgeable about a broad range of aspects of this global industry, as well as fostering a curiosity about domestic and global travel destinations and an understanding of current issues affecting travel and tourism and the responsibility of the travel and tourism industry to develop sustainably. Students will be inspired to find out more and explore the country that they live in as well as internationally. Travel and tourism encourages students to develop awareness, respect and tolerance as global citizens.

Travel and Tourism Intent

Tavel & Tourism LJ 2024

What does the Key Stage 4 curriculum look like?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism is for students who want to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring the aims of different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, how organisations meet customer requirements, and the influences on global travel and tourism as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden learners’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

There are three units (components) which students must complete: 

  1. Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations: you will investigate travel and tourism organisations, their aims and how they work together. You will explore types of travel and tourism and the features that make destinations appealing to visitors.
  2. Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism: you will investigate how organisations use market research to identify travel and tourism trends, and customer needs and preferences. You will apply your understanding by selecting products and services and planning a holiday to meet customer needs and preferences.
  3. Influences on Global Travel and Tourism: you will explore the different factors that may influence global travel and tourism, and how travel and tourism organisations and destinations respond to these factors. You will examine the potential impacts of tourism at global destinations and how destinations can manage the impacts of tourism and control tourism development to achieve sustainable tourism.

This is a vocational course, therefore most of the work that students complete during the lessons and at home will be assessed by their teacher. Students will produce a variety of work including written reports and presentations.

The unit Influences on Global Travel and Tourism is externally assessed. This is an exam lasting 2 hours. In this exam, you will use knowledge and skills developed throughout the course to answer questions.

How can you support Travel and Tourism learning at home?

  • Encourage students to keep up to date with current affairs which will help their topical content knowledge of global issues and challenges and how it interrelates to travel and tourism
  • Encourage wider reading around travel and tourism and discussion of destinations, cultures, organisations, and activities
  • Discuss learning from travel and tourism lessons at home to support knowledge retention.

Travel and Tourism Key Stage 4 Revision Resources


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