Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the travel and tourism sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in travel and tourism or other related sectors.
The Skills for the Travel and Tourism Sector qualifications form part of the Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. The Level 1 qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.
Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications
The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in changes to qualifications in the Travel and Tourism sector that will come in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Skills for the Travel and Tourism Sector qualification specification or unit spreadsheet for further details.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete one mandatory unit from Group M, totalling a minimum of 3 credits In addition, they must complete at least 3 further credits from either group M or from Group O1 (Optional units)
A minimum of 3 credits must be completed from this group.
Locational Geography UK and Worldwide
UK Travel and Tourism Destinations
Working in Travel and Tourism
Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations
Learners may complete 3 or more credits from this group
Accessible Travel and Tourism
Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
Health and Safety for Travel and Tourism
Package Travel and Tourism Products and Services
Planning a Trip to a Visitor Attraction
Promotional Materials for Travel and Tourism
Recommending Holidays to Suit Customers' Needs
The UK Tourism Industry
The UK Travel Industry
Travel and Tourism Itineraries
What is the purpose of this qualification?
It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer
• young people on traineeships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a traineeship
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to travel and tourism. The choice of mandatory units includes:
• Working in Travel and Tourism
• Locational Geography UK and Worldwide
• UK Travel and Tourism Destinations
• Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in travel and tourism before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in travel and tourism such as travel agent assistant, visitor attraction assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in Travel and Tourism, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for the Travel and Tourism Sector.
Progression & Entry RequirementsYou do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
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