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Breda Academy, Belfast

Travel and Tourism

 
 
 
 
 

Subject Overview:

Breda Academy Travel and Tourism department provides students with an opportunity to study Travel and Tourism at KS4 and KS5.  These subjects provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to pursue further education within this subject area or follow a career path within the industry.  Past students now have careers as Cabin Crew, Travel Consultants, Event Managers, Receptionists, Hotel Managers etc.

The Travel and Tourism courses offered at Breda Academy encourage students to progress and achieve a GCSE/GCE equivalent through completion of portfolios/assignments accredited by recognised examination boards including CCEA, NOCN and Pearson together with an external examination, depending on which Travel and Tourism course is undertaken.

Breda Academy currently offers the following courses:

KS4 - Travel and Tourism

These qualifications provide students with a practical, work related approach to learning, whilst also providing students with a key theoretical background.  These courses are designed to offer students an alternative qualification to GCSE.  

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Travel and Tourism 

This course is completed over two years and is worth one GCSE.  Assessment is through the completion of four units over two years, one externally assessed unit (1hr 15mins exam - 25%) and three internally assessed units (coursework - 75%).  Grades A*-C equivalent are available.

CCEA Occupational Studies - Environment and Society Pathway

This course is completed in one year and is worth one GCSE.  Assessment is through the completion of two units of work (Tour Guiding and Working in Tourism) containing a mixture of both practical and theory tasks in. Grades A*-C equivalent are available.

OCN Level 2 Leisure and Tourism (Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development) 

This course is completed over two years and is worth two GCSEs.  Assessment is through completion of 8 units of work containing a mixture of practical and theory tasks geared towards the leisure and tourism industry.

KS5 - Travel and Tourism

At Breda Academy, we currently offer Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism.  This qualification provides students with a more practical, work related approach to learning, whilst also providing students with a key theoretical background.  This course is designed to offer students an alternative qualification to an A level.  It is 100% coursework and so provides students with the ability to accurately track their progress throughout the completion of the course, due to there being no external exams. 

There are a total of six units covered in Years 13 and 14.  Assessment is based on the criterion and completion of assignments within each unit.  Each assignment will vary in length and structure.

Staffing Overview:

Travel and Tourism Head of Department – Mrs S. Coulter

Teaching staff: Mrs S. Coulter, Mrs S. Glasgow, Miss E, McCabrey

UCAS (equivalence)

The table below shows the number of UCAS points awarded for our BTEC Level 3 Nationals (QCF).

Subsidiary Diploma

AS Level         (Year 13)

A Level           (Year 14)

UCAS Points

  D*

 

  A*

56

D

 

A

48

   

B

40

M

 

C

32

       
   

D

24

 

A

 

20

P

B

E

16

 

C

 

12

 

D

 

10

 

E

 

6

 

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