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Key Stage 3

Not available at Key Stage 3.

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Key Stage 4


WELCOME to an exciting course of study for geographers at Key Stage 4 in St. Patrick’s. BTEC first Travel and Tourism.

BTEC courses are ideal in enabling students to develop independent learning capacities which are transferable and essential for whatever their progression routes and future employment choices may be.

BTEC firsts provide a PRACTICAL, REAL-WORLD approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the travel and tourism industry.


  • Unit1: Understanding the UK Travel and Tourism sector.

  • Unit 2: Understanding the UK travel and Tourism destinations.

  • Unit 3: The Travel and Tourism Costumer Experience.


Students study ONE of the optional units from the list below:

  • Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations

  • Unit 5: Factors affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism


  • 75% of the course is assessed internally with portfolio work. (Unit 2,3, 4 or 5)

  • 25% of the course is assessed externally with a one hour exam in each of the following (Unit 1)

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Key Stage 5


Location: Laurelhill Community College / Malone College

Specific Entry Requirements: 

  • Grade C or higher in GCSE English and

  • Grade C or higher in GCSE Geography OR

  • Grade C or higher in GCSE Business Studies OR 

  • Merit Level or higher awarded for a BTEC Level 2 course

Aim of the course: The travel and tourism sector is one of the fastest growing industries in Northern Ireland and continues to grow each year. Therefore, as more jobs are created, the demand for people with qualifications such as BTec Level 3 Travel and Tourism, increases. This course will give the students the ability to not only learn, but also develop new transferable skills. These skills range from being able to work independently, working as part of a team, being creative thinkers to improving their time management. These skills could then be used to help them adapt to whatever area of employment they seek to pursue.

Course Content: This is a 2-year course consisting of coursework and exam units. There are 3 mandatory units: 

  • The world of Travel and Tourism 

  • Global destinations 

  • Principles of Marketing in Travel and Tourism 

There is also an optional unit. This can vary from year to year, but will be based on topics that the pupils are interested to study e.g. ‘specialist tourism’.

Assessment Methods: This course is 50% coursework and 50% exam. It is the essential that the pupils picking this course are motivated, as they will be required to meet numerous deadlines throughout the 2 years.

Progression: Possible career paths could be in the service sector or managerial profession such as that offered in hotels, visitor attractions, customer relations, travel companies, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Education Centres as well as many other areas which tourism affects both directly and indirectly.

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