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Travel and Tourism

Teaching Staff

Dr. P. Finlay, Subject Leader
Mrs L. Aitcheson
Mrs B. Lavery

Introduction

Travel and Tourism (AS and A Level) is staffed by the Geography Department, all of whom are passionate about the subject and who also enjoy communicating their enjoyment of it. The subject is quite new to Antrim Grammar School, although a Leisure and Tourism GCSE has been taught.  This qualification provides a more vocational perspective where students develop all the necessary skills required in Travel and Tourism

Teaching and Learning Aims

As a department, we feel that Travel and Tourism intersects neatly with the aims of the Geography Department, especially where it concerns developing a spirit of inquiry about pupils’ personal and local geographies as well as the wider national and international context. We also hope to equip pupils who will not continue studying after leaving school, with the skills and interests that will enable them to take pleasure in the subject and talk with confidence about the emerging Travel and Tourism market.

In short the course allows pupils to:  

  • Appreciate the importance of the host destinations and communities to the industry;
  • Develop practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry;
  • Understand the impact of information and communication technology (ICT); and
  • Participate in visits to travel and tourism organisations and destinations.

The Advanced gce overview

 

The Advanced GCE is made up of three mandatory units at AS and a further three units at A2.

AS Level summary

AS Unit G720

Introducing Travel and Tourism

 

33% of the total AS CGE. 2 hour written paper. 100 marks.

This paper is externally assessed and has structured questions.

AS Unit G721

Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

33% of the total AS CGE. 50 marks.

This piece is coursework.

AS Unit G722

Travel Destinations

33% of the total AS CGE. 50 marks.

This unit is assessed internally and is portfolio work.

 

A2 LEVEL Summary

 

A2 Unit G728

Introducing Travel and Tourism

 

16.7% of the total GCE. 2 hour written paper. 100 marks.

This paper has three sections. One based on a UK destination, one based on an overseas destination and one based on a case study which may be in the UK or overseas.

A2 Unit G729

Event Management

16.7% of the total GCE. 50 marks. This unit is internally assessed and is composed of portfolio work.

 

A2 Unit G731

Ecoturism

16.7% of the total GCE. 50 marks. This unit is internally assessed and is composed of portfolio work.

 

 

Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

As part of the pupils’ investigation into Customer Service at AS, they travelled to the Merchant Hotel in Belfast for a guided tour.

Career Opportunities

There are very few careers for which Travel and Tourism is absolutely necessary. However, there are many for which it is very helpful, e.g. travel agent, tourism information centre manager or holiday representative, to name but a few. Beyond degree level, employers are interested in the personal skills that students will have developed through their course in the Travel and Tourism areas of study. The tourism industry will be recruiting potential managers and so decision making, problem solving, working effectively within a team and flexibility will be essential. In an industry where personal service to the customer is so important, an outgoing, friendly personality and the ability to think on your feet will be an advantage. Good communication and presentation skills are essential and language skills are needed to work abroad.