Leisure/Travel and Tourism

Aims and Overview of Leisure/Travel and Tourism

We all take part in leisure and tourism activities, whether it is going to the cinema, visiting a tourist attraction, going to a health club or planning a holiday. The leisure, travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Studying Leisure/Travel and Tourism will provide you with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in this exciting and growing sector of the economy.


Mrs E. Colgan (Subject Leader)
Mrs F. Campbell
Mrs S. McCullough

Why Study Leisure/Travel and Tourism?

Our GCSE and A Level courses give students a broad knowledge and understanding of the leisure, travel and tourism industries in the UK and abroad. Students also gain insight into related sectors such as business, retail and distribution and hospitality and catering.

Career Opportunities
The job opportunities for students with a qualification in Leisure/Travel and Tourism are wide and varied. Related careers include hotel managers, customer services managers, leisure assistants, park rangers, restaurant managers, fitness instructors, travel consultants, conference organisers, cabin crew, airport ground staff, tourist guides, resort representatives.

GCSE Leisure & Tourism

Specification/Exam Board:  CCEA
This is an applied GCSE and so has a strong focus on employment-related issues. This includes an outline of the range of employment opportunities in the leisure and tourism industry and relevant skills such as customer service. It helps students make informed choices about their career possibilities and further learning opportunities.

Areas of Study
Unit 1:           Introduction to Leisure and Tourism.Gcse photo1
Unit 2:            Customer Service in the Leisure and Tourism Industry.
Unit 3:            Marketing in the Leisure and Tourism Industry.
Unit 4:            Leisure and Tourism Destinations.

Unit 1 40%    Examination
Unit 2 20%    Assessment
Unit 3 20%    Assessment
Unit 4 20%    Assessment

Progression Pathways
GCSE Leisure and Tourism is an ideal basis to continue further study at Travel and Tourism at A-Level.

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Year 11 Leisure and Tourism pupils interviewing a cabin crew member from Flybe.

A Level Travel and Tourism

Criteria for Entry:  Preference will be given to pupils who have a Grade B or above in GCSE in Leisure and Tourism, Geography or Business Studies.

Specification/Exam Board:  OCR
This applied A-Level provides a vocational perspective where students develop practical and technical skills required in Travel and Tourism such as customer service skills. Pupils will have the opportunity to participate in visits to travel and tourism organisations and destinations.

Three units are studied in each year with assessment consisting of one written exam plus two pieces of coursework.

AS Modules:

  1. Introducing Travel and Tourism (2 hour written exam)
    Exploring one of the world’s fastest growing industries – reasons for rapid growth and its significance in the UK economy.
  2. Customer Service in Travel and Tourism (Coursework Portfolio)
    Reviewing customer service in one organisation and gaining practical experience dealing with the public.
  3. Travel Destinations (Coursework Portfolio)
    Investigating two travel destinations (one short-haul and one long-haul)

A2 Modules:

  1. Tourism Development (2 hour written exam)
    Exploring the impacts of development and recognising the need for sustainable development.
  2. Event management (Coursework Portfolio)
    Planning and carrying out an event and afterwards evaluating the performance of the team.
  3. Adventure Tourism (Coursework Portfolio)
    Research, plan and participate in a group adventure tourism activity and complete a report that focuses on one adventure tourism activity in the local region, one other region of the UK and one overseas destination.

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