Students at Little Lever High School can now apply for the higher level Business, Administration and Finance Diploma.
The diploma was introduced to the Little Lever School options list for year 10 students in this September, and 16 pupils have signed up to gain an understanding of what business is all about and how it works in real life.
Topics include business enterprise and administration, personal finance, customer services and sales. Lessons are combined with a minimum of 10 days’ work experience.
The higher level diploma is the equivalent to seven GCSE’s and has been developed with employers so that young people will be armed with the right skills for local employment.
Jack, aged 14, who is currently studying the diploma, said: “The diploma offers me a wide range of options for the future. I enjoy the business style meetings and the smaller class size means that everyone works together as a team and has more opportunity to express their opinions.
“It is unique to our school and feels like real-life business. You get the choice to come in business-style clothes and we also have a business board room. It will help me in the future when I have to deal with accounts and finances. It's my favourite subject at school and I always look forward to the lessons.”
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “The world of business can be very competitive, and this diploma will give young people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to get ahead. The course uses some innovative techniques like a boardroom setup that is sure to get the students engaged.”
Bolton was one of the first boroughs in the country to offer the new national qualification, combining classroom learning with hands-on experience.
To find out more about diplomas in Bolton contact Connexions.