Travel and Tourism - Options 2024

Course Specification:           BTEC Tech Award

Course contact:                     Miss Sharpe

Course Description:

The Tech Award gives learners the opportunity to develop applied knowledge and understanding in a range of areas.



Learners taking this qualification will study three components, covering the following content areas:

  • The aims of travel and tourism organisations, how different organisations work together and types of travel and tourism, the features that make destinations appealing to visitors and different travel routes.
  • How organisations use market research to identify travel and tourism trends, and customer needs and preferences, and selection of products and services and planning a holiday to meet customer needs and preferences. 
  • Factors that may influence global travel and tourism, and how travel and tourism organisations and destinations respond to these factors, and the potential impacts of tourism on global destinations and how destinations can manage the impacts of tourism and control tourism development to achieve sustainable tourism. 

What will I learn and how will I be assessed? 

Component 1 Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations (30%)

The Pearson-set Assignment

Internal (non-exam)

Component 2 Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism (30%)

The Pearson-set Assignment

Internal (non- exam)

Component 3 Influences on Global Travel and Tourism (40%)

Written assessment


Future Opportunities:

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector.

The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects.
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the tourism sector.

Students who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, employment, apprenticeships or further study at Level 3. Learners who perform well in this qualification compared to their overall performance, should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in the travel and tourism sector. 


  • Flight attendants                   Travel agents                         Lodging managers
  • Recreation workers               Food service managers        Meeting, convention, and event planners
  • Sales managers                     Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers