Leisure and Tourism GCSE


Examination Board



Overview of the course:

The Leisure & Tourism course will give you the opportunity to gain a direct experience of the world of work, while keeping open your ability to continue further studies. The course aims to introduce and increase understanding of leisure and tourism and to enable students to develop skills for working life in the 21st century. It is of equal GCSE value to all other options.

This course will enable you to

·         develop a keen interest in leisure and tourism

·         enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your life and experiences

·         find out more about leisure and tourism through personal investigation

·         to study a course that is active and enjoyable

·         to move on to a related career or further education in either leisure or tourism

·         to build up a qualification by studying individual units

Course content

Students must complete units 1 and 2 to successfully gain a GCSE qualification.

Unit 1: Understanding the Leisure and Tourism Industries

·         A broad introduction to the leisure and tourism industries.

·         Develop Knowledge and understanding of a range of key themes related to the two industries.

Unit 2: Moving Forward in Leisure and Tourism

·         Carrying out a real-life investigation into a leisure and tourism facility, looking at current customer provision and recommending development options for the facility.

·         Developing a range of skills within a chosen context.

How you will be assessed


Assessment and duration

Percentage of overall result

Unit 1 : Understanding the Leisure and Tourism Industries

Exam – 1 hour 30 mins


Unit 2 : Moving forward in Leisure and Tourism

Controlled assessment


Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded a GCSE graded A*-G.

Post-16 courses available to you

Students with a GCSE in Leisure and Tourism have the option to either learn more about the subject, with more advanced courses such as OCR National level 3 (2-A-levels) or A-levels in Leisure Studies and Travel and Tourism, or use the GCSE as entry to all courses at colleges and sixth forms.

Alternatively, as the country’s biggest growing industry: There are plentiful opportunities to complete on the job training in many apprenticeships.

Examples of apprenticeship courses available with Leisure and Tourism

Active leisure and learning offering job opportunities such as:

Leisure and Sports Managers, Psychologists, Higher Education Teaching Professionals, Further Education Teaching Professionals, Secondary Education Teaching Professionals, Physiotherapists, Youth and Community Workers, Sports Players, Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials, Fitness Instructors, Sports and Fitness Occupations NEC, Vocational and Industrial Trainers and Instructors, Company Secretaries, Gardeners and Groundsmen / women, Playgroup Leaders/Assistants, Sports and Leisure Assistants, Leisure and Theme Park Attendants and Stewards and Related Occupations.

Aviation Operations offering job opportunities such as:

Passenger service agent, Ramp Agent, Aircraft Dispatch Agent, Airfield maintenance, Aircraft Operations Agent, Load Control Agent, Passenger Service Lead/Senior Agent, Ramp Team Leader, Dispatch Allocator, Operations Watch Controller, Load Control Senior Agent, Air steward/ess

Sporting Excellence offering job opportunities such as:

Full Time Athlete (Funded), Sports Coach, Support Officer in High Performance Environments, Professional/ Semi Professional Athlete

Travel services offering job opportunities such as:

Leisure Travel Consultant – either in retail agency or call centre, Business Travel Consultant - either in retail agency or call centre, Travel Adviser, Customer Service Adviser, Bookings or Reservations Administrator, Overseas Resort Representative