GCSE Leisure, Travel and Tourism (2017)
The CCEA GCSE Leisure, Travel and Tourism specification gives students a broad knowledge and understanding of the leisure, travel and tourism industry, which is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Students gain insight into current developments in the industry, including technological developments such as social media and the internet. Sustainability is important across the industry. The specification considers the positive and negative social, economic and environmental effects of leisure, travel and tourism development.
Students consider the principles of sustainable tourism. They also investigate attitudes and cultural differences in various destinations, including social customs, dress and food and drink.
Marketing and customer service are major aspects of the industry. Students analyse the effectiveness of promotional material and develop basic customer service skills.
This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Environment and Society Area of Learning.
This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.
The specification has three units:
- Unit 1: Understanding the Leisure, Travel and Tourism Industry
- Unit 2: Promoting and Sustaining the Leisure, Travel and Tourism Industry
- Unit 3: Working in the Leisure, Travel and Tourism Industry.
Skills developed through our GCSE Leisure, Travel and Tourism
This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. As well as the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, students develop their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. In particular, Unit 3 gives students opportunities to work with others and develop problem-solving skills.
This specification prepares students for further training, further education or moving directly into employment in the leisure, travel and tourism industry.
Job opportunities for students with this qualification are wide and varied. These include leisure assistants, hotel management, fitness instructors, travel consultants, conference organisers, cabin crew, tourist guides or resort representatives.