Subject: BTEC Travel and Tourism

Subject: Level 2 BTEC Travel and Tourism

BTEC First qualifications were originally designed for use in colleges, schools and the workplace as an introductory Level 2 course for learners wanting to study in the context of a vocational sector. This is still relevant today. The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. Entry-level employment opportunities in travel and tourism include junior roles such as assistant travel agent, tourist information clerk or member of a visitor attraction team. 

Skills Attained:

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace. 


The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate:

● has core, mandatory and optional specialist units

● has 25% of the qualification that is externally assessed. Pearson sets and marks these assessments

● is graded from Level 2 PP to Level 2 D*D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of Level 1 Pass. Learners whose level of achievement is below Level 1 will receive an Unclassified (U) result

Future Opportunities:

The rationale for all qualifications in the BTEC First suite in Travel and Tourism is to:

● inspire and motivate learners to consider a career in the travel and tourism sector

● give learners the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the travel and tourism sector

● support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational qualification such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National in Travel and Tourism, or an academic course such as GCE in Travel and Tourism, or a BTEC Apprenticeship in Travel Services

● give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of posts across the travel and tourism sector, for example in travel agencies, visitor attractions and accommodation.