From September 2021 students interested in setting up their own business can study a BTEC Level 3 in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Pocklington School, as part of an expanding portfolio of options for Sixth Form students.
The course is a blend of class work and an enterprise project, which will give students hands on experience of setting up and running a micro business.
In class, students will cover topics including ‘developing a marketing campaign’ and ‘business and personal finance’, and develop an in-depth, practical understanding of what is involved in starting a business plus how to foster innovation in a corporate setting.
The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and develops transferable skills such as problem solving and critical thinking, creativity, use of technology and systems, presentation techniques, interpersonal skills and the ability to carry out methodical research.
Business and Economics teacher Robin Crewes will lead the course and has already had significant interest in it: "We are very excited to launch this course, which will give our students a fantastic mix of studying the characteristics and mindset of successful entrepreneurs and putting the theory into practice by setting up and running their own company.
"Learning by doing is a highly effective way to embed the skills needed to be enterprising and entrepreneurial and will give students valuable experience.
"Communication, teamwork, negotiation, decision making, resource acquisition and opportunity evaluation – these are all skills which are invaluable, no matter what you do in your life."
Tim Morris, Head of Sixth Form said: "There are so many opportunities available to our Sixth Form students and the new course is a great addition to the depth and breadth of what we offer.
"Our students have a truly extraordinary experience with small class sizes, specialist teachers for every subject, expert in-house careers advice and access to a thriving Careers and Business Network.
"We are an incredibly friendly and welcoming community and I would urge all students looking at post 16 options to consider applying here, especially as there is fee assistance available if required.”