Leisure and Tourism

GCSE Leisure and Tourism gives you the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the ways in which the Leisure and Tourism industries work to meet the ever increasing demand of people using their leisure time. Leisure and Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and provider of a wealth of career opportunities. Students will gain an insight into related sectors such as business, retail and distribution and hospitality and catering. They will be prepared to make informed decisions about further learning opportunity and career choices.


    The course is split into 2 units which give a broad insight into both the Leisure and the Tourism industries.

    In Year 10 students will study:

    • Sales, Promotion and Business Operations in Leisure and Tourism

    Students explore leisure and tourism organisations, how they operate as a business and how they promote and sell their products and services. This unit is assessed by on-going controlled assessment throughout Year10 – good attendance will be an essential to ensure success.

    Each controlled assessment requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding to one leisure and tourism organisation which they will investigate through a class visit and research using a variety of information sources, including the Internet. Independent research is encouraged and leads to higher marks.

    The controlled assessments will cover the following topics, based on the leisure and tourism organisation being studied:

    • Aims and objectives of leisure and tourism organisations
    • Selling situations
    • Promotional techniques and materials
    • Designing promotional material
    • The impact of technology on leisure and tourism organisations.

    Controlled assessment is worth 60% of the overall GCSE mark and final grade.

    In Year 11 students will study:

    • The Leisure and Tourism Industry

    This unit is assessed by external examination at the end of Year 11. It is worth 40% of the overall GCSE mark and final grade.

    Students study a variety of topics, through a range of classroom activities, internet research and industry visits. This unit explores the different types of leisure and tourism organisations in the UK, their facilities and the products and services they offer.

    This includes leisure organisations:

    • Sports Stadiums
    • Leisure Centres
    • Arenas
    • Theatres
    • Cinemas
    • Countryside Recreation Providers
    • Children’s Play Areas 
    • Home-based Leisure Providers

    Tourism organisations include:

    • Airlines
    • Travel Agents
    • Tour Operators
    • Transport Providers
    • Cruises
    • Accommodation and Catering Outlets
    • Tourist Information Services and Visitor Attractions.

    Students will also gain an understanding of employment opportunities available in these organisations, and the main duties of these roles.

    Students will also be introduced to business operations of leisure and tourism organisations, including finance, human resources, marketing, health and safety, administration and I.T.

    Tourist destinations are also studied, from countryside areas to seaside resorts, towns and cities and purpose built resorts such as Center Parcs. The appeal of these destinations to different types of tourists, the impacts of tourism on destinations such as these and the need for creating sustainable tourism destinations for the future are important aspects this unit.

    Nature of Homework

    Homework will usually include:

    • Independent research to support work done in class
    • Exam practice questions

    How long and how much the homework is will be very individual; the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it and the more successful you will be.

    Skills Involved

    During your course you will develop transferable skills which you will be able to apply in other subjects and further study or employment. These include:

    • I.T skills, for researching and presenting information
    • Independent learning skills
    • Problem solving
    • Investigation skills
    • Team working skills
    • Time-management

    How The Course is Assessed

    • External exam 40%
    • Controlled Assessment (60%)

    Who is it for?

    • Students who have enjoyed studying Tourism in Geography at Y9
    • Students who have a particular career interest in Leisure and Tourism or in related industries
    • Students who prefer coursework to final exams
    • Students who enjoy carrying out research independently
    • Students who want to progress to further study or employment