In the UK, over 2.5 million people are employed in leisure and tourism. It is the fastest growing industry in the world and therefore experience in this field will increase the prospects of a good future career. The course will give students a broad understanding of leisure and tourism, including the important vocational areas of customer service and marketing, as well as providing an insight into both the sport and recreation and travel and tourism industries in the UK.
What is a GCSE in Leisure and Tourism?
A GCSE in Leisure and Tourism is a nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment.
The course is normally run over two years and students will sit their exams at the end of the course.
The structure of the Edexcel GCSE in Leisure and Tourism is made up of four units.
You will take Unit 1 and then either Unit 2 or Unit 4. The course is 60% coursework (Year 10) and 40% exam (Year 11).
Unit 1: The Leisure and Tourism Industry
In this unit you will study the different types of leisure and tourism organisations, the products, services and the employment opportunities they offer. You will also study why people make use of leisure facilities and why and how people travel
Unit 2: Sales, Promotion and Operations in Leisure and Tourism
You will study how leisure and tourism organisations operate, and how they promote and sell their products and services. You will be asked to comment on how organisations market themselves and on the effectiveness of their methods.
Unit 4: Customer and employment
You will research and investigate visitor attractions, tourist destinations and leisure facilities both in the UK and internationally. You will explore the factors that influence how people spend their leisure time and the way facilities and visitor attractions meet the needs of different customers.