Business and related subjects including management and marketing are amongst the most common fields of study at universities worldwide. It is therefore no surprise that since introducing the subject into the Sixth Form, our Business Department has gone from strength to strength. The experienced and enthusiastic teachers help pupils to develop a whole host of transferable skills which are useful and relevant to almost every career.
The Business Department is housed in the listed Stableyard area of the College campus, with several dedicated classrooms. Business students often make use of a traditional 'boardroom'. Course content is invariably delivered interactively, with pupils making use of their own mobile devices to assist learning. Pupils bring their laptops into the classroom but the department also features some shared IT facilities.
There are currently no examinations in business which suits students who prefer completing coursework tasks and working consistently towards their final grade over a prolonged period of time. The nature of the course helps pupils manage their own time and meet deadlines, which will become increasingly important at university and beyond. Furthermore, presentations and interviews are often filmed and assessed, providing a fantastic opportunity to work on these valuable skills.
Industry experts are often invited to the College to share their knowledge and experience on particular areas such as advertising and marketing. Pupils interested in setting up their own companies enjoy entering the Young Enterprise competition.
Business is offered as a BTEC course in the Sixth Form. Vocational qualifications with 100% continuous assessment and hands-on real life case studies provide the perfect option for many pupils, with a high proportion earning distinction* / distinction grades each year.
The course suits pupils who are interested in business / current affairs and have good research skills. The BTEC course allows students to study a range of business disciplines including finance, human resources, marketing and customer services. As part of the course, students will also be required to create a marketing campaign for Cadburys and take part in the Head's Business Award.
The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma course will give students a solid foundation for a university degree studying Business, Management or Marketing. With the benefit of gaining valuable insights into businesses, and acquiring valuable 'soft skills', pupils will be well placed to compete in the employment market or start up their own enterprise.