Travel And Tourism

Travel And Tourism

Travel and Tourism Single Award AQA

Why study this course?

Travel and Tourism at Malbank Sixth Form is a well-established course from which a number of students have gone on to work in the travel industry. Travel and Tourism is taught within the Geography Department and the teaching staff are very experienced in delivering the course. The majority of A level lessons take place in rooms with computer access as independent study is an essential element of the course. This is a vocational A level which suits students that have good self-motivation to complete the coursework components. The travel industry is major employer and tourism is a growth industry providing many job opportunities.How is the course structured?

AS

  • Unit 1: Inside Travel & Tourism - 2 Hour Written Paper
  • Unit 2: Travel & Tourism - A People Industry - Portfolio
  • Unit 3: Travel Destinations - Portfolio

A2

  • Unit 3: Travel and Tourism - People and Quality - 6 Hour Written Paper in 4 x 1 and a half hour sessions
  • Unit 4: Travel and Tourism Project - Portfolio
  • Unit 5: Current issues in Travel and Tourism - Portfolio

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have a minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade C or above including English preferably on the Higher tier paper. Geography and Business Studies provide a useful background but are not essential.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

If you are interested in travel, holidays and the business world then this is the course for you. There is a strong link with the Business Studies department and students who take Geography find the subjects complement each other well. People wanting to work in the travel industry may find that a Language A level also helps.

What career paths would this course lead to?

An A level in Travel and Tourism provides UCAS points for university entry. Students who have covered this course get a good grounding for entry into careers in Travel and Tourism such as work in a Travel Agency, Air Cabin Crew, and Customer Service at visitor attractions, working for in the hospitality industry etc.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Team work and management of an event
  • Statistical skills for data analysis
  • Develop practical customer service skills through role play
  • Presenting and communicating work in a group setting
  • Researching skills to investigate topical issues
  • Independent research and the ability to organise a portfolio of work

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Students on this course have the opportunity to participate in a number of trips to tourist attractions and will also visit local tourism businesses. As part of the A2 course students work as a group to organise an excursion for younger students to develop their teamworking and organisation skills. The students will be assessed in their customer service skills through role-play activities. The department has computers available for student use and additional resources are available for the benefit of students. Students may organise a period of work experience within the industry.