Tuesday 2nd December 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 13 students at Brooke Weston have successfully completed an undergraduate level course. They all studied an Enterprise module at the University of Northampton where they had to pinpoint characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and develop their own business plans.
The students attended three workshops at the University and had to schedule their own work which was assessed by the course lecturer. Head of Business Studies, Rachel Kay said: 'It was explained to the students that, although they had help sheets and resources, it was up to them to lead and run the project themselves. They got together a few times and bounced ideas off each other but the actual work was individual. They found that quite a change but by the last assignment they did it really well.'
The students attended the day courses at the University of Northampton in February, June and October, and 18 of them have passed the course with one student still awaiting his results. Now some of the current Year 12s have signed up for the same course and they will attend their first workshop after Christmas. Miss Kay said: 'The Enterprise Module gives students valuable experience, not only of working on their own, but it also explores the issues of modern business in a practical way.'
Chloe Barnes and Nicola Barnett have set up their own jewellery company after completing the course. Nicola said: 'It was about developing your business skills. The first assignment was to talk about what makes an entrepreneur and the second was to develop your own business plan. It wasn't easy because I hadn't done anything like this before but once I got into the swing of it it was quite challenging but not too difficult. I thought it would be hard doing this course alongside my other work but I found it was possible because it was split into three workshops which helped when planning the work.'
Emma Moss's business idea was a design projection company to develop and produce fashion ideas for high street retailers. She said: 'I did business at AS level and I thought the course would offer me more skills and improve my business studies. I'm interested in business skills and fashion and I thought it would help me start my own business in the future.'