The travel and tourism sector is the UK’s third-largest employer, accounting for 9.5 per cent of total employment. Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK in employment terms, employing nearly 3 million people, and the value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £121 billion (7.1 per cent) of UK GDP. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed 10.2 per cent of the world GDP, and the sector now supports 292 million people in employment – that’s one in ten jobs worldwide.


The tourism industry covers a wide range of sectors including accommodation, airlines, airports, music events, hospitality, sports events and many more. It is an exciting subject area that changes every day with news stories all around the world from natural disasters to Brexit!

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA Honours Degree in Business Studies. After graduation I spent time working in a variety of industries and it was whilst coaching football in the USA that I discovered my enjoyment in working with children. I joined Shireland in September 2000 and have fulfilled in a wide range of roles during that time. Currently I manage the Business and ICT faculty and I am the Careers Leader in the Academy.



The Travel and Tourism qualification will cover a range of topics that relate to a wide variety of sectors in the industry including; accommodation, transport, airport management, events organisation and travel agents. You will learn how to communicate with customers effectively as well as evaluating and analysing the impacts of tourism in several case studies at a local, national and global scale such as natural disasters, political developments. This will help you develop a range of skills that can be transferred to the world of work, as well as at higher education.

This subject will offer you the opportunity to experience some of the destinations you study on residential trips where you will participate in tourism activities and get the opportunity to interview current employees in the industry. This could include visits to attractions in the UK, a training session with British Airways at London Heathrow, and overseas destinations on a cruise with P&O.


This is a nationally recognised post 16 vocational course that could lead to many employment opportunities such as roles in retail travel, passenger transport, tourist attractions, airports, airlines, hotels, conferences and events, holiday resorts, and hospitality and entertainment, the list is endless.

You may want to build on your knowledge in higher education with a degree in a related field such as tourism, hotel or aviation management, which could lead to higher-paid careers in the future.

There are also a wide variety of apprenticeship opportunities available in the travel and tourism industry that can be an excellent way to start a career working for well-established organisations such as TUI and British Airways.


Travel and Tourism is a vocational subject area that is assessed with both internal and external assessment. The internal assessment will include assignments that are completed in the classroom and on trips. The majority of work is on the computer, this allows modifications and development of exploration work to be achieved before the assessed assignments are distributed. Typical activities involve analysing industry statistics, planning and evaluating an event and writing a business plan for a tourism organisation. This means that students can often achieve grades above those expected as they have rehearsed work in preparation and have their own examples to refer to.

There are also 2 external paper-based examinations in this qualification that is completed in traditional exam conditions and marked by the exam board.


The travel and tourism qualification will provide learners with a wide range of transferable skills useful for any future career. To be able to complete the course learners will need to be able to;

  • Research different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, and the products and services available to meet the needs of different customers
  • Consider the attitudes that are considered to be very important in the travel and tourism sector, including how to develop tourism while respecting the environment and local communities.
  • Have an interest in the industry and keep up to date with current news stories around the World.
  • Be able to work in groups and with peers to complete practical activities both in and out of the classroom.


As part of the travel and tourism qualification students need to collect evidence for the assignments which involves guest speakers visiting the academy and trips. This will involve 1 day visit and 1 residential at the end of year 10 in the UK. Previously this has been 2 night on the Isle of Wight and a visit to Birmingham airport. More information will be provided for any trips well in advance and support provided to students where necessary.