TRAVEL AND TOURISM
Level 2 BTEC Travel and Tourism
BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory Level 2 course for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector. This is still relevant today. The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. Entry-level employment opportunities in travel and tourism include junior roles such as assistant travel agent, tourist information clerk or member of a visitor attraction team.
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate:
● has core, mandatory and optional specialist units
● has 25% of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments
● is graded from Level 2 PP to Level 2 D*D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of Level 1 Pass. Learners whose level of achievement is below Level 1 will receive an Unclassified (U) result
The rationale for all qualifications in the BTEC First suite in Travel and Tourism is to:
● inspire and motivate learners to consider a career in the travel and tourism sector
● give learners the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the travel and tourism sector
● support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational qualification such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National in Travel and Tourism, or an academic course such as GCE in Travel and Tourism, or a BTEC Apprenticeship in Travel Services
● give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of posts across the travel and tourism sector, for example in travel agencies, visitor attractions and accommodation.
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism (equivalent in size to one A Level) is assessed through a combination of coursework and external assessment methods, including an exam and also a timed 2 day assessment on pre-release material. It is designed for students who are interested in learning about the Travel sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, including university and apprenticeships, as well as help prepare them for future employment. During this course students will understand the world of travel and tourism, how it has changed with the increase of technology and also the principles of marketing in the sector.
GCSE Grade 4 in English and a Merit is required.