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Level 2 Preparing for Employment in Rural Tourism


Newton Rigg College is ideally located on the doorstep to the UK’s premier adventure tourist destination and is therefore the perfect place to study rural tourism. Visit England’s Action Plan for Tourism 2010-2020 aims to increase the productivity and performance of England’s tourism businesses through investing in the skills of the workforce, which will contribute to 5% growth, year on year, in the England tourism market by 2020. To do this the plan has identified the need to raise skill levels in the sector by encouraging more people into the sector and ensuring they enter with the required skills including customer service and mobile technology skills. This programme of study is designed to give you the experiences needed to help gain employment in the tourism sector.


The course focuses on travel and tourism looking specifically at both adventure and rural tourism. The topics you will study include UK Travel and Tourism destinations, International destinations, the business environment, customer experience, promotion and sales, UK visitor attractions. In addition you will also plan and organise a study visit somewhere in the UK.

An important aspect of this programme of study is the opportunity to gain valuable work experience across a variety of rural tourism businesses. This will be organised by the college and monitored using a log book system. It is expected that each student will complete at least 100 hours of work experience.

There will be 2 externally assessed exams combined with internally assessed/externally verified assessments throughout the year. Assessments will be both written and practical. Students are required to complete a portfolio containing evidence of assignments, practical performance, presentations, group exercises and discussions.

The Level 2 programme of study includes the following:

• BTEC First Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism
• GCSE English and/or Maths if not already achieved at Grade C
• Work experience (100 hours across different types of tourism businesses)
• UK based study tour

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade E or above including Maths and English (new GCSE grading level 3) with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Further Study

Upon succesful completion of this course students could go on to study a Level 3 Diploma Rural Tourism in the National Parks.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400