spotlight on… travel & tourism

We take a closer look at the Travel & Tourism course available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our students to give us a bit of insight into the course, what’s involved and what it’s like studying it here at Cowley Sixth Form College.

When did you first consider studying Travel and Tourism at Sixth Form?

I had studied it in Year 11 and found it really interesting. So I was pleased to be able to study it further in Sixth Form. I went to see Mr Potter about it at the Sixth Form Open Evening and he explained how the course runs.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

I just love learning about all the different countries and what they have to offer to different types of tourist. It is also interesting to see how the whole industry connects together.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

I was surprised at how friendly and helpful the teachers were. It is also quite practical as we do lots of role play situations where you practice your sales techniques and how to deal with customers and complaints.

Do you have to know where all the countries are in the world?

It is helpful if you have a basic knowledge, but you get taught this as you go through the course, especially in the units about Europe and Long Haul destinations.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

The best place to go is to your teacher, they always have time to help. Also, you can get support in the study area and library.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

It is great to investigate destinations around the world that you have never heard of and see how they are developing and what makes them popular.

What have you found the most challenging? 

Market segmentation as well as horizontal and vertical integration.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

Choose this subject as it is exciting and it will educate you about the world and major events. You will also develop communication skills which are useful in all walks of life.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Travel and Tourism? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

Yes, because I definitely want to work in the industry.

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