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Leisure and Tourism




Why Study Leisure and Tourism?

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.

This relatively new course is being offered by the Geography Department as part of the school’s Specialist Status programme. It should not however be seen as an alternative to the popular traditional Geography course.

The course has Geographical connections in Unit 1 and very strong vocational links with Business Studies for Units 2 and 3. With this in mind the course will be taught by Mr Fawcett who has taught in both of these subject areas.

What is a GCSE in Leisure and Tourism?

A GCSE in Leisure and Tourism is a nationally recognised work-related (vocational) qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment

A double award is a qualification equal to two GCSEs covering the ability range from A* to G.

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.

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 3: The Leisure and Tourism Environment.

This unit looks at the changing nature of the leisure and tourist industry, the appeal of different destinations and where these are located within the UK. You will study the negative and positive impacts of tourism locally and globally.

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.



Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed.  For each of these units you will sit a 60-minute examination.

Units 2 and 4 are based on coursework completed within the lessons and these are  assessed internally.

Unit two focuses on a local Leisure facility called Big Sheep Little Cow and students will get the opportunity to visit the business and question the owner. In school talks and advice are also given by the owner of the business and she also evaluates students work and gives feedback which is useful for the controlled assessment.

Unit 4 allows students to select two leisure and Tourist facilities of their own choice.

Is the course suitable for me?

  • To succeed on the course you need to be prepared to carry out independent research to complete the controlled assessment tasks.
  • You need to be able to work to deadlines and put in extra time when necessary to ensure all your work is completed to the highest of standards.
  • To have an interest in the Leisure and Tourist industry and an enquiring mind and be prepared to carry out visits to leisure facilities in your own time.


How will I know how I am doing?

Students complete regular classroom assessments throughout the year as well as controlled assessments. Constructive feedback is provided that helps guide students to improving their work and grades.


Future prospects

The Leisure and Tourism industry alone employs 1 in every 10 people in the UK, that’s over 2.5 million people. Furthermore, 1 in every 5 new jobs fall into this sector with another 800,000 new jobs created in the last two years according to The British Hospitality Association. That’s a lot of jobs!  If you are enthusiastic, like people and want a career that’s exciting, challenging and constantly developing then this course will start you on the right path. This vocational course provides you with hands-on experience of the industry which will impress future employers.