Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

BTEC Travel and Tourism

Curriculum Intent

We aim to enhance a student’s knowledge of UK and world wide destinations and be able to explain how they attract different tourists, the structure of the travel and tourism industry and the role of customer service.

Course description

Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson

This is an exciting programme of study that will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge. The course has three components  covering a wide range of travel and tourism related topics. These topics include customer service skills, how the travel and tourism industry actually works and holiday destinations.


At present, one unit is assessed through an external written exam worth 40%. This unit covers the tourism development, impacts of tourism and its management and global tourism and the factors affecting it. 

The two remaining units, worth 60%, are assessed through controlled assessment. These assignments include creating package holidays both abroad and in the UK, researching holiday destinations to assess their appeal to visitors, reporting on the structure and work of key travel organisations and analysing the customer service of major organisations in the UK.

Coursework must be completed by strict deadlines throughout the course.

Key Skills

The skills you’ll learn in Travel and Tourism are very dynamic and cover a wide range of career opportunities.

You will develop the following skills:

  • Communication and presentation skills alongside gaining knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry itself.
  • You will also have the opportunity to practice a range of travel and tourism related skills including booking holidays, advising customers on how to solve problems abroad and locating international airports.

Where can it take me?

This can lead onto studying a Level 3 qualification in Travel and Tourism offered by other institutions. This course can then count towards a place at university. Alternatively you can choose to put your qualification into practice and seek a job in the travel industry. Jobs range from hotel managers to cruise entertainment, and you could even choose to work for a tour operator or as cabin crew for an international airline.

Further information

Please contact: Mrs L Hayes - Teacher of Travel and Tourism

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 Travel and Tourism Curriculum Plan

BTEC Travel and Tourism - Subject Course Overview