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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.

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.

*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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Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston

Taking off with a cabin crew career

High-flier Daniel Johnston clinched a cabin crew job with Ryanair – even before completing his Derby College course!
Always interested in seeing more of the world, he progressed so well on the Air Cabin Crew Diploma that he was ideally prepared for the highly competitive Ryanair recruitment process. Having embarked on his learning journey in 2013, Daniel was amazed at how many unusual opportunities his course offered.
One highlight was a day at the British Airways Training Centre at Heathrow – learning about safety procedures, undertaking role plays in a mock crash simulator and trying out an evacuation slide. Another was a fire training course at East Midlands Airport.

I’ve always wanted to travel – cabin crew is my dream job. When I first joined Derby College, I saw the Diploma as a qualification which could probably lead to a job a few years down the line. Then I got a job before I’d even finished College! Working with Ryanair will open up so many doors for my future but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the College.


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