BTEC Travel and Tourism

Curriculum rationale:

In Travel and Tourism we aim to foster and ignite an interest in the Travel and Tourism industry and to challenge students to become more resourceful and resilient by applying what they learn in the classroom to examples used in lessons and in the local area through visits. We aim to broaden students’ perspective to provide a global dimension to their studies.  This curriculum recognises the importance of the changing of Travel and Tourism in the United Kingdom and across the world and the different challenges that this may present in society and the classroom. 

The Travel and Tourism curriculum is has been designed to build on foundations of knowledge that the students have when they begin the course, gained from their KS3 humanities lessons. The course begins with Travel and Tourism organisations and destinations before looking at how global issues affect these organisations and then how these organisations provide customer service. This will enable students to develop essential organisation, planning and budgeting skills, all essential life skills and invaluable in any profession. This could involve finding and costing transport, accommodation and excursions.

The course follows the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism covering three components – Travel and Tourism organisations and destinations, influences on Global Travel and Tourism and Customer needs in Travel and Tourism.

To enhance students’ knowledge and help foster a love for learning, real life case studies are used throughout the curriculum. Destinations such as Alton Towers, New York and Dubai are used during lessons to capture student’s imaginations and use their own life experiences.

Curriculum Design:

The curriculum has been designed to take every opportunity to ‘make the learning stick’. Memorisation strategies are embedded throughout, including weekly retrieval quizzes. Many areas of the curriculum are inter-leaved throughout the course. An example would be that students learn about different UK tourism destinations at the beginning of year 10, culminating in the final piece of coursework in Year 11 where students plan a holiday for a tourist to a UK tourism destination 

Curriculum Plan:

Business 2 year curriculum plan

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn term

Introduction to the course – business challenge to create a business idea

Theme 1 – Investigating small business

-          Enterprise and entrepreneurship

-          Spotting a business opportunity

-          Putting a business idea into practice

Theme 2 – Building a business

-          Making marketing decisions

-          Making operational decisions

-          Making financial decisions

Spring term

Theme 1 – Investigating small business

-          Making the business effective

-          Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2 – Building a business

-          Making human resource decisions


Summer term

Theme 2 – Building a business

-          Growing the business




Curriculum Assessment:

Two of the three components are internally assessed through coursework, completed in and outside of the classroom, with students using real life examples as a basis for their work. The other component is externally assessed and split into nine topics. For each topic students create revision cards, complete kahoot quizzes, complete sample questions and a topic test.