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
Travel and Tourism Archie Stevens

Archie Stevens

Tourism - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Travel & Tourism because I have always been fascinated by the industry and how it functions all over the world. I am intrigued by the cultures and demographics of the world and Travel & Tourism was the perfect course to help me learn about this. The course broadened my understanding of different countries’ relationships to, and the ways in which they interact with, the tourism industry. I am now focusing my attention on apprenticeships in a more practical environment, such as airfield maintenance and transport engineering. This course has helped developed my interest in the transport side of the industry. Overall, my time as WSFC has been a huge success and a brilliant learning curve. All my subject teachers have supported me throughout my journey, and it has been a brilliant environment to spend the last two years at. I am so glad I chose to come here, and would fully recommend the course to anyone debating whether to study Travel and Tourism.

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.

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Entry Requirements

Essential Qualifications Other Desirable Qualifications / Combinations Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance 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 Name A Level Equivalence Duration Awarding 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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