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GCSE Leisure and Tourism is a work-related qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment. It is made up of three units. A double award is a qualification equal to two GCSEs - it is twice the size of most GCSEs. The final grades given are a summary of the results for each of the three units. During the course pupils carry out a number of assignments based on Units 2 and 3.
In Unit 2 for example pupils investigate Thorpe Park, what sort of people use it and how theme parks advertise.
In Unit 3 you might act out the part of an airline check-in desk attendant dealing with a difficult customer and record your involvement. As part of the course students take a written test based on Unit 1. Travel and Tourism students who study this course learn to develop an appreciation for the diversity and complexity of the travel and tourism industry, practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry and an understanding of the issues that are affecting the travel and tourism industry.
It is possible for students to study for either the single or double award qualification at AS or A2 level. These new broad-based awards provide significantly more vocationalism to current VCEs. They provide better progression from GCSE Leisure and Tourism. Using work-related contexts, innovative teaching and assessment methods, these new awards offer a broad introduction to this vocational area.