Why Study Travel & Tourism?

In recent years, the UK has established itself as a real alternative to Mediterranean beach holiday destinations and trends towards more sustainable ‘green’ tourism offer great opportunities to creative entrepreneurs, whether you prefer to run your own business, work for a multi-national organisation, work abroad or on Worcester High Street.

The units studied will allow you to explore the business as well as leisure industry. You will learn a variety of transferable skills that universities and employers are looking for such as communication skills, independent research, working with a team and meeting deadlines. If you like people, exploring and travel, it’s about you!

In Year One, you will study the World of Travel and Tourism and Principles of Marketing. In Year Two, you will study Global Destinations and either Visitor Attractions or Events, Conferences and Exhibitions (topic to be chosen by your teacher).

Why study Travel & Tourism at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Our focus is on employability skills such as problem solving, interpersonal skills and resilience. Emphasis is on independent learning and teamwork, research skills, project-based research and development & presentation skills. In addition to the Travel and Tourism sector-specific content, the requirements of this course
help you to develop skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline and time management.

Work experience placements can be arranged with local Travel and Tourism organisations, and other extra-curricular activities include:

  • Visits to national tourist attractions
  • Visits to employers and Higher Education institutions
  • Guest speakers, e.g. local Travel and Tourism industry employers
  • Mock interviews
profile student

Max Ryding

Tourism - Hanley Castle High School
I enjoy Travel and Tourism as it is made up of many different topics such as Business and Geography all mixed into one. I have also found it a refreshing change to the conventional subjects studied at school. The research aspect has helped expand my knowledge whilst also giving me key skills to help in my other courses. It’s a very wellrounded subject that has fitted in well with my other two subjects, Business and IT. The course looks at the sector as a whole; how it operates and how businesses have adapted to changing markets. This has helped me greatly with Business as the same key skills are needed for both. After College, I plan to study International Business at degree level and then will look to teach abroad after university.

Progression Opportunities

The qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the Travel and Tourism industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Travel and Tourism-related subjects. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate Applied or A Level courses.

Recent students have progressed to degree courses in Tourism Management or Event Management. Others have opted for apprenticeships such as those run by major travel agencies, airlines and leisure companies, or train for specialist qualifications such as ABTA or airline ticketing.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 or above.N/ACommitment to work in a group. Willingness to complete independent research.Residential trip eg to Paris £300 approx. (optional). Local trips approx. £15 each.

Qualifications & Enrolment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding Body
Certificate½ A Level (1 Block)1 yearPearson Edexcel
Extended Certificate1 A Level (1 Block)1 year (to be studied in Year 2 after successful completion of Certificate)Pearson Edexcel

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