Hathershaw College

Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism


Curriculum Intent

The Humanities Faculty comprises three core subjects, History, Geography and Religious Studies. Vocational Travel and Tourism is also offered at KS4. Collectively these subjects aim to create global citizens who have a secure understanding of the world around them and the relationship between our past, present and future.

Across all Humanities subjects, the curriculum aims to inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world, its people and its past. Pupils are encouraged to study the complexity of the Earth through the study of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and places, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. As pupils progress, they should develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between the Earth’s key physical and human processes and explain how this has been shaped and changed over time. The curriculum is rich with SMSC opportunities which allows students to develop a greater level of tolerance, alongside understanding and empathy towards people, cultures and the environment.

The aims of the curriculum are to allow students to:

  • Think, write, communicate and read as well as experts in their field.
  • Study a range of geographical, historical and religious topics which broaden and deepen their understanding of the world around them and the influences on human’s behaviours.
  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of Geographical data, including the ability to conduct fieldwork that deepens understanding of key geographical processes.
  • Conduct a historical enquiry, including how to precisely select meaningful evidence to make historical claims, and recognise how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • Investigate the impact of religious beliefs and teachings on individuals, communities and societies, whilst being able to apply a wide range of religious and philosophical vocabulary and sources of evidence consistently and accurately.
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of the physical and human characteristics of some if the earths most globally significant places and how these are how these are interdependent.
  • Know and understand the changing History of the world in order to learn about the past and gain historical perspective about its impact on the future and on human behaviour.
  • To reflect on their position as Citizens of the UK and the wider world in order to develop a sense of identity and belonging which underpins the core British values.
  • Understand the key concepts of each discipline and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame valid questions
  • Grow cultural capital through a range of opportunities and experiences both within and outside of the classroom.
  • Be prepared for adult life, employment and lifelong learning through the development of transferable skills, self-regulation and independent study.


Curriculum Overview

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Curriculum Overview 2020-21


Medium Term Plans 

Year 10 Half Term 1, 2 and 3 - UK Travel & Tourism Destinations

Please Note: There is only one cohort of Year 10 students currently.


Travel & Tourism SMSC Statement


SMSC and British Values play an essential part of the Travel and Tourism Curriculum at Hathershaw College. Throughout their study, students develop a strong understanding of the needs and wants of a variety of visitor types with different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Pupils are encouraged to develop well informed and open-minded attitudes to cultural diversity and an appreciation of the culture of others, and therefore are encouraged to use a range of resources, for example booklets, leaflets and the internet from a variety of authors from a range of backgrounds.

As part of the Travel and Tourism curriculum students are encouraged to respect the values and beliefs of others. One of the fundamental principles of the subject is the understanding of customer type. Students have a clear understanding of each customer’s needs from those of a Muslim family to those of a single parent family. As a result students are able to challenge stereotypical views and appreciate, positively, differences in others. Furthermore this gives pupils opportunities to explore how beliefs can have an impact on life. To put this into practice in year 10 Students choose destinations and activities for the visitor to complete whilst taking into consideration religious, cultural and social features of each group. Furthermore, students are able to develop their understanding of other cultures, religions and values. For example, students study the key features of religious sites as places of interest. As a result, students explore the expectations of visits to places of religious or cultural importance. For example, when making customer briefs pupils will include details relating to the specific requirements of the place of worship or cultural importance, for example the addition of scarfs and covers up when visiting places such as Vatican City.

Likewise, the understanding of the rule of law in different places is promoted and students are able to make parallels to the rule of law in the UK. It is important for students to recognise how customers could be affected by changes to the law when travelling around the world. Consequently students require a good understanding of the key features of law in places such as France and the recent ban on Muslim face coverings and factors such as the US travel ban. Students can also consider how the rule of law has affected the travel industry, particularly in security on flights.

Furthermore, Travel and Tourism enables moral development by exploring and responding to issues of right and wrong. Students are encouraged to consider how the aims of a business may conflict with what is best for their staff. Pupils will critically examine how businesses can balance this in order to suit the aims of the business and the satisfaction of the staff. Students will also consider the importance of customer service to travel and tourism organisations and understand the impacts of getting customer service right or, in some cases, wrong. As a result of this students are able to develop informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that others have different beliefs and attitude. For the externally examined unit student’s consider the impact that tourism has on the environment and investigate how we can reduce the negative impacts, taking a moral outlook on our earth.

As part of the Travel and Tourism curriculum students are encouraged to reflect on the influences that have shaped their own understanding of the travel and tourism sector. All of the units allow students to explore their own experiences gained from holidays, day trips and school trips. By studying real people, and real places students are constantly making links and able to develop spiritually.