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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.

For further information, please click here.

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. Grades A*-C equivalent are available.

For further information, please click here (Units 53 & 55).

NOCN 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.

For further information, please click here.

KS5 - Travel and Tourism

At Breda Academy, we currently offer Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism (equivalent to one A-Level).  This qualification provides students with an opportunity to study Travel and Tourism as an alternative qualification to an A-Level and is ideal for students who are interested in the travel industry or the world of business.  It is made up of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.  The externally assessed units account for 58% of the course and are assessed in January of Years 13 and 14 with an opportunity to re-sit in May of Years 13 and 14.  This qualification is designed to support students who are interested in learning about the Travel and Tourism Industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Travel and Tourism related subjects.  There is a wide range of career opportunities which will arise from studying Travel and Tourism, from working on the ground at an airport managing the customers’ experience or in the air as cabin crew, marketing or business management, travel agent, visitor attractions manager, sales, events, hospitality and finance to name but a few.

 

Course overview:

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Unit 1 – The World of Travel and Tourism

This unit covers the key components and scale of the travel and tourism industry, using data to analyse key trends and their impact.

 

Unit 3 – Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism

This unit allows students to investigate the use of marketing in travel and tourism organisations and how to meet customer expectations in order to inform a promotional campaign of their own design.

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Unit 2 – Global Destinations

This unit allows students to investigate and analyse information regarding the features and appeal of global destinations, travel planning and the factors and trends affecting the changing popularity of global destinations.

 

Unit 9 – Visitor Attractions

This unit allows students to develop  analytical skills as they investigate the nature and role of both built and natural visitor attractions, their commercial success, appeal, response to diverse visitor needs and the importance of delivering a memorable visitor experience.

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UCAS Points: Distinction* 54, Distinction 48, Merit 32, Pass 16.

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Staffing Overview:

Travel and Tourism Head of Department – Mrs S. Coulter

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

 

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