Travel and tourism

Travel and tourism

This course offers an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism, giving students the opportunity to develop their knowledge about the industry as well as a range of technical skills including self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, IT and communication skills.

Knowledge is assessed through an exam and three pieces of coursework which each investigate a different aspect of the travel and tourism industry. 

Students explore some of the key areas within the sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport and visitor attractions. They will investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK and investigate different types of customers as well as UK tourist destinations. They also have the opportunity to study international travel and tourism. 

Travel and Tourism provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and allows students to develop the specific knowledge and skills they need to work successfully in the industry. This includes developing an understanding of travel and tourist destinations, investigating the appeal of UK tourist destinations, presenting information about key developments over time and how they have moulded and influenced UK travel and tourism into the sector it is today. Students also develop business and customer awareness by understanding the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations. 


Curriculum information






  • Types of travel.
  • Types of customers. 
  • Principles of sustainable tourism. 
  • The importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK economy. 
  • Industries and organisations in travel and tourism and how they interrelate. 
  • The role of consumer technology. 



  • International gateways and the major gateways. 
  • Types of destinations including European and worldwide. 
  • International travel routes. 
  • How features of different European and worldwide destinations contribute to their appeal for different visitor types. 
  • The needs and characteristics of different types of visitor in relation to the appeal of international destinations. 
  • Sources of information about international travel destinations. 
  • International holiday planning, including meeting the needs of different types of visitors and creating suitable itineraries. 



I have learnt about why people travel and the different ways to travel. I have also enjoyed finding out about careers in the travel and tourism industry and how travel agents can help you to plan your perfect holiday. It was also fun to find out the cool things you can do in different places.
Year 11 student