Drew S Owen

Drew Owen – Head of Department

Sam Walker – Teacher of Travel & Tourism

Drew Owen – Head of Department – dowen@englishcollege.ac.ae

Sam Walker – Teacher of Travel & Tourism – swalker@englishcollege.ac.ae

The Leisure/Travel and Tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It covers a whole spectrum of activities, from visiting a tourist attraction and going to a health club to eating in a restaurant or travelling abroad. This subject brings together a range of other disciplines in a unique and interesting way including: Geography, Business and Economics.

The GCSE Leisure and Tourism course gives students a broad knowledge and understanding of the leisure and tourism industries in the UK and in Dubai. Students also gain insight into related sectors such as business, retail and distribution and hospitality and catering. The course aims to give students a vocational-based qualification designed to provide a choice of routes into further education or employment.  The course covers such topics as: Investigating the Leisure and Tourism Industry, Sales, Promotion and Operations in Leisure and Tourism. Students currently undertake the Edexcel GCSE syllabus (2LT01 & 2LT02).

Unit 2 is taught in Year 10 and Unit 1 is taught in Year 11. Unit 2 consists of an in depth study of the Sales, Promotions and Operations strategies of two Leisure and Tourism organisations. In past years, this has focused on organisations including The Burj Al Arab, Reel Cinemas, The Noodle House, Wild Wadi Waterpark, West 14th Restaurant and Dubai Ice Rink. A trip is scheduled with the respective organisations and a detailed presentation provided on their business tourism strategies. Unit 2 is assessed through a coursework portfolio. Unit 1 is theory based and looks at introducing the Leisure and Tourism sector. Topics covered include, aims and objectives of organisations, technology used in organisations, impacts of tourism, and business sectors, to name a few. Unit 1 is externally assessed through a one hour examination at the end of Year 11.

Years 12 and 13 consist of students undertaking a BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism. This qualification extends the specialist work-related focus of the GCSE qualification and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. BTEC Nationals at Level 3 are widely considered the equivalent of a full A2 Level and are recognised as such by a large number of UK, and beyond, Universities. The course is solely assignment based which consist of a variety of activities ranging from creating induction packages, newspaper reports, role plays and a work experience placement within the Travel and Tourism sector. This gives students a firsthand view of what working within the Travel and Tourism sector is like, providing valuable life experience in an ever changing industry, which is highly recognised by employers within this sector.

The units covered within the BTEC course include Investigating the Travel & Tourism Sector, Customer Service within Travel and Tourism, The UK as a Tourist Destination and Preparing for Employment within Travel & Tourism. The course runs throughout the full two years of Sixth Form with a strong focus on employment, giving students taking this course the best opportunities for preparation within the working world. There is also a strong focus on personal investigation and time management throughout the course, as each assignment must be completed by set deadlines, developing essential skills for University preparation.

BTEC Assessment Calendar Condensed for Parents

Unit No & Title Assignment No & Title Learning Aim Assessment Criteria Hand Out Date Hand In Date Assessment Date Resubmission Assessment Date* Assessor Name
Year 1
Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector Assignment 1: Introducing the Travel and Tourism Sector 1 Know the travel and tourism component industries and their organisations P1 Describe the travel and tourism component industries and provide examples of domestic, inbound and outbound organisations within them 26.09.2016 18.10.16 28.10.16 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. 03.11.16 Drew Owen
2 Understand the role of travel and tourism organisations and their interrelationships P2 Describe the roles of different travel and tourism organisations
P3 Review the different types of interrelationships and provide examples
M1 Explain the roles of different organisations within the travel and tourism component industries and how they interrelate
D1 Analyse the importance of interrelationships within one travel and tourism organisation
Assignment 2: Travel and Tourism – Through the Years 3 Know the developments that have shaped the present day travel and tourism sector P4 Summarise key developments (from the 1960s onwards) that have shaped the present day travel and tourism sector 24.10.16 28.11.16 05.12.16 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. 15.12.16 Drew Owen
4 Understand how trends and factors are currently affecting the travel and tourism sector. P5 review the trends and factors that are currently affecting the travel and tourism sector
M2 Explain how developments, trends and factors are currently having a significant effect on the travel and tourism sector.
D2 Analyse how travel and tourism organisations are responding to changing trends and factors
Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism Assignment 1: Success within the Travel and Tourism Business Environment 1 Know the different types of organisations operating in the travel and tourism business environment P1 Describe the travel and tourism business environment, providing examples of organisations 12.01.17 06.02.17 09.02.17 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. 20.02.17 Drew Owen
2 Know the characteristics of different types of travel and tourism organisations P2 Describe the organisational and financial characteristics of different types of travel and tourism organisations
3 Understand how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to achieve business aims P3 Review the methods and opportunities used by travel and tourism organisations to gain competitive advantage and achieve business aims, providing examples
M1 Compare the organisational and financial characteristics of two organisations with different business structures, and the methods and opportunities they have used to gain competitive advantage
D1 Evaluate the links between an organisation’s characteristics and its success in gaining competitive advantage and achieving its aims
Assignment 2: The Business Case 4 Be able to produce a business case for a travel and tourism enterprise within financial constraints. P4 Produce a business case for a travel and tourism enterprise within financial constraints 20.02.17 13.03.17 23.03.17 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. TBD with learner and IV based on Easter holidays. Drew Owen
M2 Present a business case, explaining its feasibility in order to meet the objectives.
D2 Present a professional business case, responding confidently to questions and justifying its feasibility.
Unit 3: The UK as a Destination** Assignment 1: Around the UK (Test) 1 Be able to locate UK gateways, tourist destinations and geographical features P1 Locate gateways, tourist destinations and geographical features of the UK without the use of reference materials 13.04.17 13.04.17 17.04.17 given test again if required. 17.04.17 redo test for those lacking in locational knowledge. Drew Owen
Assignment 2: Destination UK 2 Know the needs of inbound and domestic visitors to UK tourist destinations P2 Describe the needs of inbound and domestic visitors to UK destinations 18.04.17 09.05.17 15.05.17 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. 22.05.17 Drew Owen
3 Know the features and facilities that attract visitors to UK destinations P3 Describe the features and facilities that attract visitors to three UK destinations
M1 Analyse how one UK destination attracts inbound and domestic visitors and meets their needs
D1 Evaluate the effectiveness of one UK destination in attracting and meeting the needs of inbound and domestic visitors, making recommendations for addressing gaps or weaknesses in provision
5 Be able to use reference sources to provide information on the UK as a destination PART P5 Use appropriate reference sources to provide information on the UK as a destination. PART
Assignment 3: Challenging Times 4 Understand how the UK inbound and domestic tourism is affected by internal and external factors P4 Explain how internal and external factors affect UK inbound and domestic tourism 18.05.17 08.06.17 15.06.17 handed back to learner if resubmission needed. 22.06.17 Drew Owen
M2 Analyse how three factors are currently affecting UK inbound and domestic tourism.
D2 Evaluate the potential impacts of two factors on the future of UK inbound and domestic tourism.
5 Be able to use reference sources to provide information on the UK as a destination PART P5 Use appropriate reference sources to provide information on the UK as a destination. PART
**Possibility of Changing this module to Unit 28: Work Experience to be confirmed and for actual work experience week to go ahead after AS examinations as to alliviate pressure for Year 12 Students.
Lead Internal Verifier Signature: Name:
 * Lead Internal Verifier must authorise any resubmissions. The learner must have met the initial deadline (or an agreed extension deadline) and authenticated their work. The resubmission date must be within 10 working days of the learner receiving the results of assessment.

KS4 – One hour of homework is set each week. In Year 10 this is focussed mainly on research and developing coursework. In Year 11 a variety of activities are set for homework, ranging from research and preparation for class discussions, to completing examination style questions in the lead up to the end of year exams.

KS5 – Two hours minimal a week is given as outside study. This includes completion of assignments, which is flexible dependant on deadline dates and personal time management, wider reading of essential texts or journals and research tasks.

During the GCSE course there are a number of trips for students to attend, which provide primary data for their coursework element. In past years these trips have included visits to The Burj Al Arab, Reel Cinemas, The Noodle House, Wild Wadi Waterpark, West 14th Restaurant and Dubai Ice Rink. Leisure and Tourism students have also had the opportunity to venture further afield to places such as Iceland as part of their studies.

During the BTEC course, pupils are given a unit based solely on work experience within Travel and Tourism. This gives pupils the opportunity to develop their social skills and customer relation skills within a work place. An experience like this can prove essential when looking for employment. There is also a unit based solely on preparation for employment, which encompasses how to develop a CV, interview skills and developing how to contribute to an effective workplace.

Beyond The Curriculum

A GCSE/BTEC in Leisure/Travel and Tourism allows access to a range of career and further education opportunities.  A variety of higher education courses exist that are based around either leisure, travel or tourism management and a number of our students have entered The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management or University courses in the United Kingdom, UAE and beyond.  Alternatively, there are many careers that build on the GCSE and BTEC in Leisure and Tourism, including working in a travel agency or theme park or the leisure industry and careers related to travel or hotel management.  The Leisure and Tourism market is a rapidly expanding area in the 21st century and this is especially true in Dubai.