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Specialist Qualification - Travel and Tourism

Entry Criteria:
– Five GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above
– One of the five to be GCSE Mathematics or English at Grade 4 or above.

Coursework/Examination Requirements: The course is made up of four units, one externally assessed examination, one externally set task and two internally set assignments. Students will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* by the points gained for the successful
achievement of individual units.

Awarding Body/Specifications: Pearson, Level 3 Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism.

Specialist Qualification (equivalent to one A Level):
This is a two-year qualification that is equivalent to one A Level. It is an Applied General qualification that prepares students for either Higher Education or an  apprenticeship. The course is assessed through a variety of assignments, all of which are based on the dynamic of the Travel and Tourism industry. What is common to all units is that these are based on realistic situations and activities within the Travel and Tourism industry. The Specialist Qualification in Travel and Tourism is aimed at students who are interested in the area or those who would like to pursue a career in this industry. Students embark on the course for a variety of reasons; some may wish to continue their studies into Higher Education whilst others may seek employment within a range of businesses both locally and nationally. Work is assessed through a range of tasks including written reports, map work and verbal presentations.

The course consists of four units: three Mandatory and one Optional:

Mandatory Units

Unit 1
: The World of Travel and Tourism

Unit 2: Global Destinations

Unit 3: Managing the Customer Experience

Optional Unit

Unit 11: Specialist Tourism

Specialist Qualification Certificate: There is not an option to study this as an AS equivalent qualification as this is a two-year course.

Progression: Specialist Qualifications are valued by employers and Higher Education Institutions (universities and colleges). The qualification could lead onto a degree course, an Apprenticeship, or employment with institutions such as Tour Operators, Transport or Accommodation providers or Local Government Tourism departments.

Opportunities: Students have the opportunity to gain vocational skills through the study of real Travel and Tourism businesses and their working practices.

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