A Level Travel and Tourism

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9395
Entry Requirements IGCSE Grade B in Business Studies or Geography or English Language

Introduction

  • This syllabus encourages candidates to appreciate the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry in the world and recognise the positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people, environments and economies.
  • Students learn that the travel and tourism industry is dynamic in nature and how the industry responds to change.
  • The syllabus encourages candidates to learn practical and technical skills relevant to the industry, enabling them to deal with a range of complex situations and problems

Course Content

  • The nature of travel and tourism
  • The management and development of tourist destinations
  • The principles of customer service
  • International business and leisure travel services
  • Ecotourism
  • Cultural tourism
  • Adventure tourism

Assessment

AS  Paper 1   2 hours 30 minutes  –  70% of AS or 35% of A Level

This is a written paper testing the core content of the syllabus. There are four structured questions which require short and extended answers. Each question is based on original stimulus material.

A maximum of 100 marks is available.

AS Paper 2   (Coursework)

This is a coursework project which involves planning and managing a travel and tourism event. Candidates work in a team but present their project individually.

A maximum of 50 marks is available.

30% of AS or 15% of A Level.

A2 Paper 3  1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of total marks.

This is a written paper, testing syllabus content on international business and leisure travel services. There are four structured questions which require short and extended answers. Each question is based on original stimulus material.

A maximum of 100 marks is available.

A2 Paper 4  1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of total marks.

This is a written paper, testing syllabus content on specialised tourism. There are two structured data response questions. Each question is based on original stimulus material.

A maximum of 50 marks is available.

Careers and Progression

The CIE A Level in Travel and Tourism supports progression:

  • to vocational training at the Seychelles Tourism Academy or overseas
  • to the ever increasing number of Tourism related university courses
  • to employment in the leisure, travel and tourism sector which accounts (directly and indirectly) for more than 50% of Seychelles GDP and is the largest and fastest growing industry worldwide.

For more information, contact Mrs Lucas-Fanchette