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Travel & Tourism (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Tourism is one of the worlds biggest industries, it is also one of the most interesting. Travel & Tourism at Tring School provides students with an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge in this exciting, interesting and rewarding subject. We provide students with an opportunity to follow a broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum that engages and challenges students.  We believe the subject should be taught with passion, igniting our learners interests as well as gaining transferable skills 


"50% Of the qualification is coursework"

"43% of A2 Grades in 2023 were an A* grade"

“100% of students met or exceeded their target grade”

We aim to demonstrate the huge range of  travel opportunities available in  the UK and wider world so  that  students are inspired  to  find  out more and explore the world around them. We aim to look at current  issues  and their impact upon the tourism industry so our students develop a more insightful understanding of the world around them. We encourage  our learners to be readers, listeners and watching current affairs. It is our intention to support our students in becoming more knowledgeable about a broad range of aspects of this global industry, as well as fostering a curiosity about domestic and global travel destinations.

The course is flexibly structured to give candidates plenty of choice to form qualifications that are individual to them and their interests within the subject area. The course of study is designed so that it can be undertaken by candidates entering the area for the first time. The key is having an interest in any form of travel.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world with currently 9.6% of total employment being within the industry, by 2027 this is expected to rise to 11.1%. These figures highlight the depth and the importance of the Tourism industry not only in the UK, but on a world scale.

Visits to tourist organisations are organised to enhance understanding and aid completion of coursework. In the past this has include visits to: Disneyland Paris, Brighton, The Peak District, The New Forest, London, and Thorpe Park. In this course students will have an opportunity to organise their own visit as part of the event management unit, this visit could be anywhere within the UK and provides evidence of skills for job or university interviews in terms of organisation, responsibility, teamwork and time management.

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Have a keen interest in Travel & Tourism 
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience 
  • Enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations 
  • Want to find out more about the subject through personal investigation 
  • Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable 
  • Wish to move on to a related career or higher education course.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 at GCSE English.

You do not need to have taken GCSE Travel & Tourism BTEC.

Future Opportunities

The Travel and Tourism qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree at university, further education or employment. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course that are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities and colleges as being of great value.


Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

You will learn to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of Tourism and study selected areas of the industry develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Tourism.
  • Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.
  • Follow a programme of study that enables progression to both high education and employment in Tourism.
  • Develop Key Skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.
  • Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Available Units to Study in A Level Travel and Tourism:

  • The United Kingdom Tourism Product.
  • Worldwide Tourism Destinations.
  • The Dynamic Tourism Industry.
  • Event and Itinerary Planning.


50% of the course is coursework based. Students who prefer coursework will enjoy this subject. There is one 1 hour 30 minute in exam (which can be retaken) at the end of year 12 and one 1 hour 30 minute in exam at the end of the year 13. You do not need to have studied Travel before, the first half of the course is a stepping-stone to the full A2 qualification. You will get an external grade at the end of year 12 validated by the exam board before completing the A2 units in year 13 for the full A Level qualification.

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