In Tourism students develop an understanding of the nature of tourists, tourism, and the tourism industry.

About the subject

Students investigate local, national, and global tourism, and explore tourism as a business. Students gain an understanding of the complex economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism.

Course content

The 20-credit subject consists of four themes and three topics.


  • Operations and Structures of the Tourism Industry
  • Travellers’ Perceptions, and the Interaction of Host Community and Visitor
  • Planning for and Managing Sustainable Tourism
  • Evaluating the Nature of Work in the Tourism Industry.


  • Applications of Technology in Tourism
  • The Economics of Tourism
  • Establishing a Tourism Venture
  • Indigenous People and Tourism
  • Management of Local Area Tourism
  • The Impacts of Tourism
  • Marketing Tourism
  • Responsible Travel
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • The Role of Governments and Organisations in Tourism
  • Tourism Industry Skills
  • Negotiated Topic.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Practical Activity25%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment

The examination (2 hours) consists of a range of questions on a number of sources based on the four themes. Sources could be in many different forms including written materials, media items (e.g. news report, radio interview and newspaper article), quotations, cartoons, graphical information (e.g. maps, photographs, diagrams) and statistical data.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Tourism Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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