The Level 3 Extended Certificate Travel and Tourism is a vocational qualification that allows students to research all aspects of the tourism industry. Students will study different types of tourism and tourist destinations both in the UK and worldwide and assess their appeal and impact on the global economy. This is a practical qualification which requires students to carry out extensive research and analysis on a range of worldwide issues that may affect tourism. Although its focus is on Travel and Tourism, this course has close links with many other subject areas and can reinforce learning in areas such as Business, Media, Geography and English.
Students will cover four units in one year during Year 12; three units are assessed through a piece of coursework, one through an external exam.
Unit 1 (exam) The UK Travel and Tourism Sector – includes: understanding the UK travel and tourism sector and its importance to the UK economy, knowing about the industries and key organisations, within the travel and tourism sector, their roles and interrelationships, understanding the role of consumer technology in the travel and tourism sector.
Unit 2 (coursework) UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – includes: knowing UK travel and tourism destinations and gateways, investigating the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitors, planning UK holidays to meet the needs of different visitors
Unit 3 (coursework) The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience – includes: investigating travel and tourism customer service, exploring the needs and expectations of different types of customer in the travel and tourism sector, understanding the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations.
Unit 4 (coursework) International Travel and Tourism Destinations – includes: knowing the major international travel and tourism destinations and gateways, investigating the appeal of international travel and tourism destinations to different types of visitor, planning international travel to meet the needs of visitors.
There are no minimum grade requirements, however, a positive attitude to learning and good attendance in Year 11 will be required.