|Mr S Pope||Teacher of Humanities|
Leisure and Tourism is a vocational course offered at KS4. It is the study of where people go on holiday in the UK and Europe, the organisations in the Leisure and Tourism Industry and customer service in the industries, different jobs available in Leisure and Tourism.
This option will suit those who have an interest in working in the Leisure and Tourism Industry. There is a clear progression route through A-Levels, BTEC or NVQs in this subject. You need to enjoy working independently and in groups and want to try something new.
We follow the Edexcel GCSE in Leisure and Tourism. You can gain a grade ranging from A* - G.
You will complete the following units:
Unit 1 – The Leisure and Tourism Industry
This unit will allow you to study at the different organisations in Leisure and Tourism, how leisure and tourism businesses operate, factors influencing customer service, tourist destinations, the impacts on these destinations and how to make tourist destinations sustainable.
Unit 4 – Customers and Employment in Leisure and Tourism
This unit will allows you to study visitor attractions, leisure facilities and tourist destinations, how customers make a choice in what they want to do, how to provide service for differing customer needs and types and employment opportunities in Leisure and Tourism.
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The course is a mixture of classroom or computer lessons with visits to local Travel and Tourism attraction. Unit 4 requires the completion of a controlled conditions piece of coursework. You will get to explore the Leisure and Tourism Industry in the local area and you will benefit from local business links, guests speakers and visits to local Leisure and Tourism organisations.
You will work in small groups to make the most use of tourist information centres, the internet, shop window displays, holiday brochures, videos, posters, advertisements, specific attractions and holiday destinations.
The focus of the Leisure and Tourism courses is for students to study a real life working industry. The Leisure and Tourism Industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in the UK.
Students learn through a variety of teaching methods and will learn skills that can be used within the industry. One of the skills may be to identify what a customer will want and how you can provide the correct service to that customer.
The Leisure and Tourism course involves going on educational visits and looking at how organisations within the industry operate and deal with customers. Examples of visits are to the Holiday Inn Hotel, Twycross Zoo, Snibston Discovery Park, Birmingham Airport and Alton Towers.
What Exams are there?
Unit 1 will be an examined unit. You will sit a 1 hour exam in the summer of year 11.
The course will help you if you wish to follow a career in the Leisure and Tourism Industry. There are many jobs that this could cover from working in this country to working abroad. You could work in a leisure centre, in a hotel, in a travel agency, at an airport, on an aeroplane or in a holiday resort. You could use the information gained to provide information to tourists or advise people on where to travel.
This course allows progression onto college courses where you can do A-Level or BTEC qualifications. Also there are many university courses offered in either leisure or tourism or both together.