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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.50

Start: 07/09/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism (600/6512/6)* has been developed to provide students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of travel and tourism, giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment.

You will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport and visitor attractions. You will investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK, explore different types of customer and UK destinations, and have the opportunity to study international travel and tourism.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse one day a week.

If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong desire to work with people and an interest in travel and holiday destinations.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • The UK travel and tourism sector – gain an understanding of the range of organisations involved with different types of tourism in the UK, including their roles, how they work together and how they use technology to meet changing customer needs.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: External examination

  • UK travel and tourism destinations – explore what the UK travel and tourism industry has to offer to tourists. This will enable you to identify and locate tourist destinations, major UK airports and seaports, as well as to discover sea routes and three-letter airport codes.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • The travel and tourism customer experience – look at the definition of customer service, learn what the main aims of customer service are, look at different types of customers you might encounter and consider the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: Internal

You will also need to complete one of the optional units below:

  • International travel and tourism destinations – in this unit you will be asked to locate numerous international holiday destinations and their gateways. You will also be asked to investigate natural features, local attractions, accommodation and transport options to suit a variety of customers in various holiday destinations.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Factors affecting worldwide travel and tourism - study varying climatic conditions that affect travel and tourism around the world, gaining knowledge of monsoons, dry and wet seasons, hurricane seasons and snowfall that influence the timing of travel and holidays. Learn how different countries control visitor numbers through visa requirements and research major emergency situations and how they impact the industry.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: Internal

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and an externally assessed examination.

All four units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will have to wear a cabin crew tie or scarf (purchased through Derby College Group) as part of their uniform. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism or Cabin Crew
  • The Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Tour operator
  • Travel agent
  • Air cabin crew
  • Tourist centre assistant

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Tayla Barnes

Tayla Barnes

Travel student Tayla embarks on exciting journey with TUI

Derby College travel and tourism student Tayla Barnes is broadening her horizons after landing a full-time job as a travel adviser with TUI, the world's largest travel group.
Tayla, who completes her level 3 course this summer, will be based in Nottingham's busy city centre TUI branch assisting with customers' bookings and inquiries.
Tayla, who is 19 and from Heanor has always liked travel and was delighted to discover her perfect course at Derby College.
Tayla first began her journey with TUI after getting part-time work at the group's Ilkeston branch though college.
She is now looking forward to her travel adviser's role, and, in a few years' time, taking the opportunity to move departments within TUI, perhaps working for its airline or call centres.

I had thought about doing A levels after school but the travel and tourism course at Derby College really appealed to me. I honestly had no idea that such a course existed but once I knew it did, I went along to a college open day and found out as much information as I could.

I enjoy college. The staff are really good – they're always there to help us and the course content is great. I've learned so much, particularly about the business side of the travel industry.


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