Travel and Tourism

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The aims of Travel and Tourism at Magna Academy is to:
  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the travel and tourism sector
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the travel and tourism sector
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic tourism course or an apprenticeship
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the travel and tourism sector, for example posts in travel agencies, visitor attractions and the tourist information centre

What will I learn?

Students will follow Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award. This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the travel and tourism industry. It includes two core units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, followed by a selection of four optional specialist units from which a further two are chosen.
The core units are:

Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector

This unit covers the main types of tourism in the UK, the contribution that travel and tourism make to the UK economy and the different component industries that make up the UK travel and tourism sector.

Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

This unit covers what the different types of UK destinations have to offer, as well as locating tourist UK destinations and routes.
The optional specialist units offered within this qualification build on the core and provide learners with an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of areas of the travel and tourism sector, depending on their interests and motivation. Learners will be able to select their optional specialist units from:

Unit 3: The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK

Which looks at developments that have shaped the sector and how the UK travel and tourism industry has developed as lifestyles, interests and technology have changed, giving an insight into why it is such a dynamic sector.

Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

Which looks at international travel and tourism destinations and gateways and reasons for their appeal to different visitors.

Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

Covers the influential factors on tourism and why events such as natural disasters can have a significant impact on the sector.

Unit 6: The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience

Which looks at the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector and how organisations address these.

What will I do?

Learners will cover a broad curriculum beginning with the Norman invasion in 1066, through the key developments of the middle ages and the struggle for power which led to the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. Students will also learn about the key events of the Civil War and the growth of empire running alongside the economic and social changes brought about by the industrial revolution in England. The World Wars of the twentieth century are covered in depth and serve as a basis for the understanding of the emergence of the Superpowers and the challenges presented by the Cold War.
From Year 9 onwards, the students will study the development of health and medicine in Britain, the emergence of Nazi Germany and the conflicts in Asia after World War Two as well as returning to complete a study set in the Norman period which considers the place of a significant building in the society.

What is the expectation of homework?

As the majority of this qualification is coursework based (75%) homework is likely to be research preparation for coursework tasks that are completed in lessons. However, the examination unit will require completion of revision and practice of past exam questions.

What support and guidance will I be given?

The Humanities team will teach the skills needed to be successful and will provide ample opportunity for the students to practice and hone their exam skills. In addition, there are regular drop-in sessions to provide support with key ideas and concepts and an intervention programme for students to gain additional guidance prior to coursework deadlines and examinations.

How will I be assessed?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to academic qualifications.
The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.
Lessons will reflect the nature of work within the travel and tourism sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out an assessment in the workplace, or in simulated working conditions, wherever possible. It will be beneficial for students to use local examples, wherever possible. This allows a more realistic and motivating basis for learning and can start to ensure learning serves the needs of local areas.
Students will take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking account of the industry standards for behaviour and performance.

What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus). In addition to this, a small pocket dictionary would be very useful as would access to a quality daily newspaper.

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

At Magna Academy, we provide an environment for learners to develop their skills outside their Travel and Tourism lessons. There will be opportunities during tutor time to reflect upon issues covered in assemblies which have a cross-curricular links within the departments and trips and visits also complement the learning in the classroom.
One of the main purposes of BTEC Travel and Tourism is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. As the vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, including; self-management, team working, business awareness and customer awareness, problem-solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work, and the use of IT, these are promoted in this course.