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BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism

Qualification Purpose

This qualification aims to:

Provide learners with the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

Learners will develop:

  • knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector such as the appeal of different tourist destinations to different types of customer, and the factors that influence travel and tourism
  • skills such as researching different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, and the products and services available to meet the needs of different customers
  • attitudes that are considered to be very important in the travel and tourism sector, including how to develop tourism while respecting the environment and local communities.

This Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Geography and GCSE Business by broadening learners’ experience and skills participation in different contexts, with the opportunity for them to practically apply their knowledge and skills through project work such as investigating different travel and tourism organisations, how they identify trends and customer needs to provide products and services, the factors influencing tourism, and the impact of tourism on destinations.

Achieving this qualification

This qualification, which is 120 GLH, is the same size and level as a GCSE. It is ideal if you are a working at level 1 or level 2 and would like to find out more about the importance of travel and tourism to the UK and world economies, and to build the skills and knowledge to progress to further learning. The qualification provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism. This qualification includes both UK and international tourism, and allows you to explore current issues affecting global travel and tourism organisations and destinations. It also includes topics such as destination management and relationships between organisations, as well as social and ethical responsibilities/sustainability. You will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including: the contribution of travel and tourism to the UK economy; tourism development; trends in travel and tourism; how organisations meet customer needs; the location and appeal of different types of travel and tourism destinations; and the impact of travel and tourism on the local community, environment and economy. You will also prepare a holiday plan to meet customer needs, understand the different factors that influence global travel and tourism, and learn how travel and tourism organisations and destinations respond to these factors.

Assessment

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism

Component number

Component title

GLH

Level

How assessed

1

Travel and Tourism Organisations

and Destinations

36

1/2

Internal 

2

Influences on Global Travel and Tourism

48

1/2

External

3

Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism

36

1/2

Internal Synoptic

 The qualification consists of three components that will give you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector. Components 1 and 3 are assessed by your school through tasks or assignments. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. The assessment for Component 2 covers the different factors that influence global travel and tourism and is sent away to be marked. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and brings your learning together, using the knowledge, skills and techniques you have developed about travel and tourism organisations, features of destinations, types of visitors, travel, holidays and accommodation, factors influencing travel and tourism, how organisations respond to these factors, and managing tourism through sustainability and destination management, in a specific context. All of the work that you do throughout the course, including the tasks or assignments, will prepare you for this final task.

The three components focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and, therefore, learners need to achieve all components in order to achieve the qualification.

Sign Posts

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects
  • study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the tourism sector.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, to apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in this qualification will help them achieve.
  • study of travel and tourism post-16 through the study of a Technical Certificate. Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead ultimately to employment in the travel and tourism sector.