Travel & Tourism



Tourism is, arguably, the world’s largest industry and continues to grow rapidly, creating environmental, social and commercial impacts. This programme is designed to develop key transferable skills for the future, including decision-making, problem solving, planning and communication. There are wide ranges of career opportunities associated with the tourism industry.

The course of study prescribed by this specification can reasonably be undertaken by candidates entering this vocational area for the first time. Through the study of the syllabus, candidates will appreciate the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry. They will learn that the travel and tourism industry is dynamic in nature and how the industry responds to change. Learners will recognise the positive and negative impacts the industry may have on people, environments and economies.

The A Level in Travel and Tourism qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment in the travel and tourism industry. It is graded in the same way as traditional “A” levels from Grade A* to E. External assessments will be through written examinations as shown below, which will be available in May/June. Internal assessment will be through portfolio evidence.

To view full course specification click A Level Travel and Tourism Specification.



Students will submit the coursework component and sit Paper 1 in the first year and Paper 3 & 4 in the second year.


Cambridge International A Level Travel & Tourism provides a suitable foundation for the study of travel and tourism or related courses in higher education. 

Furthermore, students will be given the option to register for the PBL (Project Based Learning) programme. They will lead their own projects and apply enterprising traits and skills that will enrich their chosen A-level in Travel & Tourism. 

The enrichment programme, PBL, is designed to extend and develop students' abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. They will take responsibility for the choice, design and decision making of an individual project.

Please refer to the PBL prospectus page.