Travel & Tourism

Introduction & Ethos of Department

Travel and Tourism is taught within Geography at Key Stage three. Travel and tourism is included in the environment and society area of Key stage three learning. Travel and tourism also includes local and global citizenship, and employability elements. Learners are given the opportunity to study Travel and Tourism from Year 11 onwards. At KS4 learners are provided with the opportunity to study BTEC Level 2 Travel and Tourism, in Sixth Form learners are given the opportunity to study for BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism.

Travel and Tourism is the study of how and where people spend their leisure time, and the industry which supports this. Tourism in Northern Ireland currently generates a revenue of £764 million and attracts 4.5 million visitors. The aim is to double tourism’s contribution to the economy by 2020. Making this a dynamic and exciting sector to be employed within

Staff & Positions

Subject Leader
Mrs Patterson

Subject Teacher
Mr Dunlop

Key Stage 4 & 5


The Travel and Tourism industry is dynamic, wide-ranging and fast-growing, and it offers a huge variety of employment opportunities for young people. At Ulidia Integrated College we offer Travel and Tourism at level 2 for study in Years 11 and 12. Level 3 BTEC Travel and Tourism is offered to students in our Sixth form to study. We have a number of former students who have continued Travel and Tourism right through to University and employment.

Assessment throughout the course

BTEC level 2 NQF is a two year course which consists of four units and is 25% external exam based assessment and 75% coursework.

2019-21 BTEC Overview (KS4)

Term OneTerm TwoTerm Three
Year 11Unit 1 – The UK Travel & Tourism industry (external)Unit 2 – UK Travel & Tourism DestinationsUnit 1 – The UK Travel & Tourism Industry (external)

Exam Preparation
Year 12Unit 4: International Travel & Tourism destinationsUnit 3: The Travel & Tourism customer experienceYear 12 Study Leave

BTEC level 3 (years 13, and 14) is a two year course which consists of six units. These six units are 100% coursework assessment. Year 13 are using the new assessment procedures and year 12 use the previous assessment procedures.


Year 13

Unit 1: The World of Travel and Tourism (external written exam) • The Travel and Tourism industry – The Travel and Tourism industry in the UK is growing and is of major importance to the economy. You will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse a variety of statistics that measure the importance of tourism to the UK.

Unit 3: Principles of marketing in Travel and Tourism • Principles of marketing in Travel and Tourism – You will explore how to develop a successful marketing plan for use by travel and tourism organisations to attract and engage with customers using research data.

Year 14

Unit 2: Global Destinations (external set task completed under exam conditions) • Different types of destinations and their importance – You will investigate the features and appeal of global destinations.

Unit 9: Visitor Attractions (internally assessed) • You develop analytical skills as they investigate the nature and role of both built and natural visitor attractions, their commercial success, appeal, response to diverse visitor needs and the importance of delivering a memorable visitor experience.

Assessment Plans

Assessment Plans For Years 11-14

  • BTEC Assessment Plan 2020-22   (PDF)
  • BTEC Assesssment Plan 2021-23 (PDF)