Alderman Peel

High School

Travel & Tourism

Travel and Tourism

Mission and intent

The Travel and Tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world with over $127 trillion dollars being pumped into the industry in nearly every country in the world. Here at APHS, we aim to offer students an insight into this ever-growing and changing industry by offering students the opportunity to study BTEC Travel and Tourism in Year 10 and 11.


The course is made up of 4 units comprised of 75% coursework portfolio based projects and an examination worth 25%. Grading for a BTEC qualification is different from those gaining an academic GCSE on the basis that there are only 5 possible grades to achieve. This can be seen in the table below.

BTEC Grade

GCSE Grade Equivalent

Level 1 Pass

Grade 3

Level 2 Pass

Grade 4/ 5

Level 2 Merit

Grade 6

Level 2 Distinction

Grade 7

Level 2 Distinction*

Grade 8/9



Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (Examination)

In this unit, students will study the different types of travel and tourism, looking at the way in which UK people moving whilst on holiday, either domestically, outbound or inbound. They will look at the principles and benefits of sustainable tourism and the effect of the UK economy has on the tourism sector. They will also look at the different areas and organisations within the travel sector such as accommodation types, transport and tourism promotion. Students will then look at technology and how it can impact on tourism in both a positive and negative way. The exam for this unit will be marked out of 60 and will contribute to their overall grade.


Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations (Internal Portfolio)

This unit is usually the starting point for the course where students will look at the UK at a deeper level and begin to understand their home country as not place to live but as a thriving holiday destination. They will complete map work, along with investigations into three different types of locations around the UK (Seaside Resort, Town or City and Countryside Area). They will round off this unit with planning actual trips for real customers to take within the UK.


Unit 3: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience (Mandatory Synoptic- Internal Portfolio)

This unit is delivered at the end of the two years as it is seen as a synoptic unit, meaning that it is drawing on all the previous units experience to understand it. Students will investigate businesses in the local area as well as nationally to further gain a better understanding of the importance of customer service to both the customer and the business alike. They will go to see businesses in action to see how they deal with customer service and the way in which they could improve it for future potential customers.


Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations (Internal Portfolio)

Here students will look at international gateways and destinations both in Europe and long haul and investigate these further by looking at in-depth studies of two destinations, one European and one worldwide destination to see how they would appeal to a wide range of customer types. They will round off this unit by completing holiday plans for two holidays (1 European and 1 worldwide) for real customers.


Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism (Optional Unit)

This unit is also an option in place of Unit 4 and will be used according to the demands of the students if necessary. This unit looks at the effect that weather, time zones and travel-related diseases having on the industry. Students will also look at factors such as visas, terrorism and repatriation have on the industry.


So where can this subject take you in the future?

BTEC Travel and Tourism are often seen as a gateway to working in the industry. Many students go on to study BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism in further education establishments. If they wish to extend even further, there are many creditable HE courses all across the country.

Do you need to have travelled to understand the course?

Having been on holiday outside of the UK will always be a bonus, but it doesn’t matter if you have not been abroad. This subject will broaden your horizons and understanding of the travel industry.

Are there trips involved with the course?

Due to the nature of the course, there will be trips involved. There are several guest speakers we work with to engage with our students, these include EasyJet, the YHA and several other businesses in the Wells next-the Sea local area.