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.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete a total of 6 credits. They must complete at least one unit from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling a minimum of 3 credits and 3 further credits from either Group M or Group O1 (Optional Units).
Learners may complete up to 3 credits from this group.
Deal with Travel and Tourism Emergencies
Hospitality for Travel and Tourism
Impacts of Travel and Tourism on Local Communities
Planning for Work in Travel and Tourism
Promoting Products and Services
The Business of Travel and Tourism
UK Tourism Destinations
UK Transport for Travel and Tourism
Understanding Airline and Airport Operations
Worldwide Tourism Destinations
What is the purpose of this qualification?
It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults requiring a skill set in a specific vocational area in order to demonstrate their preparedness for employment in a hospitality or catering setting
• young people on trainee-ships who 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 trainee-ship
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Level 2 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 3.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to travel and tourism. Learners must complete one of two mandatory units:
• Understanding the Travel and Tourism Industry
• Customer Service for the Travel and Tourism Industry
They can then select optional units in areas such as Travel Planning, World Wide Tourist Destinations, Visitor Attractions, Hospitality for Travel and Tourism
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate, Extended 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 an apprenticeship, employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 3 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, reservations assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a bigger qualification at level 2 or directly to a Level 3 certificate or diploma in Travel and Tourism or to a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Travel and Tourism in any of the available pathways.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification although they will benefit from having English and Maths skills at level 1. It is available to learners aged 16+.
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