Department | Travel and Tourism2021-01-20T15:28:20+00:00

Department | Travel and Tourism



Mr. D. McElhatton
Head of Department

Subject Information

The Travel and Tourism department aims to provide our students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for a popular and expanding employment sector. We aim to ensure that all our students can go into the world of work or further education with the attributes necessary to be a success.

Travel and Tourism provides opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. There are three main categories:

  • 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.

Students will also develop transferable knowledge and skills that will prepare them 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.

In Travel and Tourism students can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC Travel and Tourism provides a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

  • effective writing

  • analytical skills

  • creative development

The objective of the qualification is to support progression to higher education. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education providers to ensure that it supports this progression. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice.

This qualification includes three mandatory units covering the following content areas:

  • The travel and tourism industry – the travel and tourism industry in the UK is growing and is 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.

  • Different types of destinations and their importance – learners will investigate the features and appeal of global destinations.

  • 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.

Learners select one optional unit to support their progression to travel and tourism and other courses in higher education.

There are numerous careers that are available as a result of a qualification in Travel and Tourism. These include hotel management, travel journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, travel agents, tour operators and airline cabin crew.

Examples of Travel and Tourism related degrees include:

  • BSc (Hons) in Business Enterprise, if taken alongside the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Enterprise

  • BSc (Hons) in International Management with Spanish, if taken alongside A levels in Spanish and Maths

  • BA (Hons) in Tourism Management, if taken alongside A levels in Geography and Business.

You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.

Further information can be found at the following link:

Michael O’Leary

Michael is the chief Executive Officer of Ryanair and is currently one of Ireland’s wealthiest businessmen. He started Ryanair in 1985.

Simon Calder

Simon is an English travel writer and broadcaster. He is currently senior travel editor for the Independent Newspaper. He has written countless Travel Guides and has travelled to over 120 countries.

Richard Barton

Richard is an American Internet entrepreneur. He founded the online travel company Expedia.

Ben Fogle

Ben is a British television presenter, broadcaster and adventurer. He is a massive advocate for countryside preservation and conservation as well as ecotourism and sustainable tourism.

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