Travel and Tourism
Overview of the Travel & Tourism Department
Travel and Tourism is designed for post-16 learners with an interest in travel and tourism who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. It gives students an introduction to the travel and tourism industry, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills that are transferable across other sectors. The students will learn about the travel and tourism industry and it’s of major importance to the economy. Learners will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK. Students will also study different types of destinations and their importance, learners will investigate the features and appeal of global destinations. As well as learning the principles of marketing in travel and tourism, learners will explore how to develop a successful marketing plan for use by travel and tourism organisations to attract and engage with customers using research data. The skills provided by the Travel and Tourism course will make students highly employable and allow them to continue with further study.
Meet the Travel & Tourism teachers
|S. Burdett||Acting Head of Humanities||Miss Burdett has been at Crayford Academy for the last year and had been teaching for the last six years. She has taught a variety of humanities subjects before including History, Geography and Politics and has been teaching Travel and Tourism since it was first offered in 2019.|
|L. Powley||Teacher of Humanities||Mr Powley has recently started teaching at Crayford Academy, September 2020 but has been within the federation at Knights Academy for the past 5 years. He is enthusiastic about environmental Geography and how this impacts upon the travel and tourism industry.|
Key Stage 5
Travel and Tourism is only offered at KS5 and is a good follow on subject to Geography or Business Studies. The course investigates topics such as: The World of Travel and Tourism (which introduces students to the Travel and Tourism sector and the different organisations included in it), Global Destinations (Where students investigate a variety of different destinations), The Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism (where student look at how marketing is used in the industry) and Visitor Attraction (where students research different visitor attractions and their appeal).
What qualifications can be gained?
It is a Level 3 BTEC qualification and is equivalent to one A-Level.
How does Travel & Tourism prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?
All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university.
The transferable skills that universities value include:
- the ability to learn independently
- the ability to research actively and methodically
- the ability to give presentations and be active group members.
There are opportunities during the course to give learners practice in developing employability skills.
- cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions.
- interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.
- intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.