Aims of the course
The GCSE Leisure & Tourism course is designed to help students progress into the advanced level of study such as A level Travel and Tourism or to enter the world of employment in the Leisure and Tourism Industry. The course will give students a broad understanding of leisure and tourism, including the important vocational areas of customer service and marketing, as well as providing an insight into both the sport and recreation and travel and tourism industries in the UK.
What will I study? – Course Outline
The units that comprise the course are:
Unit 1: Leisure and Tourism Provision. This unit involves study of the definition of Leisure and Tourism and how the industry operates. The range of employment opportunities are covered as are the way the industry caters for people of all ages and for all destinations. This unit is worth 60% of the single award.
Unit 2: Leisure and Tourism Destinations. This unit begins to understand why people travel to different destinations for Leisure and Tourism. Different destinations and the facilities offered there are studied in places in Europe and further afield. This unit is worth 40% of the single award.
How will I be assessed?
The Leisure and Tourism GCSE course is studied as a single option.
It is examined by one Controlled Assessment of 8 to 10 hours duration and one examination of 90 minutes.
How will I learn? What skills will I acquire?
The study of Leisure and Tourism involves class based study of various elements and principles and then a great deal of the work is brought into a real life situation by visiting speakers, field study and visits to various leisure and other locations.
You can expect to experience a great many of the topics we cover in class for yourself in the real world. If you would like to see how the theory in class translates to the wider world for real then this is the course for you.
Progression following this course.
GCSE Leisure and Tourism can lead to further study of the industry at A level and many college and university courses are suited to the Leisure and Tourism candidate.
Employers are especially interested in prospective employees who have had first hand experience of the industry in which they will be working in
Future career opportunities
In the UK, over 1.5 million people are employed in leisure and tourism, the fastest-growing industry in the world.