Wednesday 27th February 2008 by C. Freeman
Five Year 13 students attended a 'mini graduation' ceremony after completing an enterprise module at the University of Northampton. The year long study programme was a pilot course, with students being taught by University lecturers to undergraduate level.
The students had to complete two modules of coursework, the first was a personal development plan and the second was to look into planning and setting up their own business in an area they were interested in.
The students; Chris Arch Jones, Michael Pell, Jasmine Elder, Serena Taylor and Peter Ferguson had to put about 120 hours of work into the project, which included researching data about business set ups and coming up with ideas to launch a new restaurant. One half of the group came up with the idea of a healthy, smoothie bar while their competitors designed a 70s inspired retro-restaurant, Fever.
The students had lectures from Kate Pascoe from the University of Northampton after College lessons and so it was an intensive period of study for them. The course format has now changed slightly with the new cohort of Year 12 students travelling to the University's Park Campus for three one-day workshops.
Brooke Weston's Head of Business, Rachel Kay said: 'The course proved so successful that we've now got 30 Year 12 students signed up to start it as well. The graduating students attended a ceremony at Northampton in January and, if they attend the University of Northampton because they have completed this course they will be automatically exempt from one module in their first year's study.'