St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Leisure & Tourism

BTEC Travel & Tourism

"Travel & Tourism is the world's largest industry, employing 4.5 million people in the UK"

About the Course:

BTEC Travel and Tourism is a one year course aimed at students at Level 2 and helps them develop the vocational skills and experience that employers are looking for. Students develop skills of independent working and research throughout the course.

The vocational experience is supported by the Preparation for Employment Qualification, which offers students a work experience placement where they learn about health and safety, team working and rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

The BTEC course is divided into six units:

  • Unit 1 - The UK Travel & Tourism Industry. An overview of the UK travel and tourism industry including travel agents, tour operators, accommodation, transport providers and tourist destinations.
  • Unit 2 - Exploring Customer Service in Travel & Tourism. The importance of customer service is investigated where students develop and demonstrate customer service skills. A visit to Chester Zoo gives students the opportunity to study an organisation in detail.
  • Unit 3 - UK Travel & Tourism Destinations. UK destinations are researched and their appeal for different types of visitors investigated.
  • Unit 4 - European Holiday Destinations. European destinations are researched and their appeal for visitors will be investigated and skills will be developed to plan and cost holidays to Europe.
  • Unit 5 - Exploring Marketing in Travel & Tourism. The principles of marketing will be investigated including the use of market research and design of promotional materials.
  • Unit 8 - Planning Visits for Travel & Tourism. Planning visits to various destinations in the UK and Europe, investigating methods of transport and producing itineraries that meet the needs of different types of customer.

How it will be assessed:

All units of study are assessed by portfolio and internally marked.

What it prepares you for:

After completing the Diploma in Travel and Tourism, students can go on to study A Level courses including Travel and Tourism, or enrol on a cabin crew course or similar industry related qualification. Students have the vocational skills and experience that employers are looking for and can pursue a range of careers in travel, leisure or the armed forces.

Entry requirements:

This course is suitable for students whose GCSE results do not yet qualify them for Level 3 courses.

AS / A2 Leisure Studies

"Leisure is the world's fastest growing industry and employs over 3 million people in the UK"

About the Course:

Leisure Studies at St Mary's College is a vocational A level and introduces students to the various elements of the leisure industry with a focus on the health and fitness sector. Students learn about a range of leisure organisations from leisure centres and health clubs to pubs, cinemas and visitor attractions. In addition, business knowledge and skills are developed in customer service, marketing, systems and quality control within a leisure industry context.

Leisure Studies can be studied as a single award which is the equivalent to one A level or a double award, the equivalent to two A levels.

Students on both courses study the following units:

AS Course:

  • Unit 1: The Leisure Industry Today: students gain an overall understanding of the leisure industry including sport and recreation, entertainment, home-based leisure, countryside recreation and shopping.
  • Unit 2: A People Business: students discover the importance of excellent customer service and look at how dealing with customers is central to the success of a local health and fitness club.
  • Unit 3: Getting it Right in the Leisure Industry: students investigate how a local leisure centre is successfully managed by studying health and safety, quality control, business systems and marketing.

A2 course:

  • Unit 8: Leisure in Action: this is a practical unit where students work together as a team to plan, carry out and evaluate an event.
  • Unit 9: Working in the People Business: students investigate the wide range of career opportunities in the leisure industry, gaining an insight into qualifications, skills and training needed.
  • Unit 10: Current Issues: students choose their own investigation into a topical leisure industry issue from the football industry to video game addiction.

How it will be assessed:

Two thirds of the course is assessed by portfolio. The remaining third (units 2 and 9) is assessed by external examination.

What it prepares you for:

After completing A level Leisure Studies at St Mary's, past students have gone on to study at degree level in Leisure Management, Recreation and Leisure Studies or Sport. Others have followed a range of careers in leisure centres, health and fitness, recreational and leisure management, armed forces, civil services and sports related industries.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which should be English.

AS / A2 Travel & Tourism

"Tourism is one of the UK's largest industries, worth  £74.2 billion to the UK economy"
StarUK 2003

About the Course:

Travel and Tourism at St Mary's College is a vocational A level and introduces students to the various components of the industry. In addition, business knowledge and skills are developed in customer service, promotion and sales.

Students develop skills of independent working and research throughout the course preparing them well for higher education. The vocational experience is supported by visits to a range of travel and tourism organisations. A residential visit to Barcelona enables students to experience the appeal and popularity of a tourist destination for themselves.

The AS course is divided into three units:

  • Unit 1: The Travel and Tourism Industry (exam). Students gain an overall understanding of the travel and tourism industry including travel agents, tour operators, transport principals, accommodation providers and attractions.
  • Unit 2: The Travel and Tourism Customer (portfolio). Students discover the importance of excellent customer service and how dealing with customers is central to the whole travel and tourism experience. Portfolio work contains a combination of theory and practical.
  • Unit 3: Destination Europe (portfolio). Students research a variety of destinations and travel within Europe. They complete a detailed case study during a three day residential visit to Barcelona in the Spring term.

A2 course:

  • Unit 7: Responsible Tourism (exam). A look at how tourism development across the world follows the principles of responsible tourism.
  • Unit 8: Current Issues in Travel and Tourism (portfolio). Students choose their own investigation into a topical travel and tourism issue.
  • Unit 9: Promotion and Sales in Travel and Tourism (exam). Students learn about the sales process and buyer behaviour and focus on the role of promotion in the marketing process in a range of travel and tourism organisations.

How it will be assessed:

Portfolio units internally marked.  One third of AS and two thirds of A2 assessed by external examination.

What it prepares you for:

After completing A level Travel and Tourism at St Mary's, past students have gone on to study at degree level in Tourism. Management, Event Management, Hotel and Catering or Marketing. Others have followed a range of careers in travel agents, airlines including cabin crew, hotel and catering, tour operations including resort representatives, and hospitality.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which should be English.