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These are the slides presented to two groups of year 9 students at All Saints School in Dukinfield, Tameside on the 4th February 2010. The slides underplay somewhat the discussion of the Diploma option with the primary contrast being made between an academic study pathway and a more vocational route.

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  1. 1. Business and Accounting Study and Beyond
  2. 2. Beyond! <ul><li>Recent students have enjoyed placements with: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar, and Nissan; Marks and Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI. </li></ul><ul><li>Students also compete for annual industry prizes, with links to companies such as Adidas, Barclays Bank, United Utilities and Vimto. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent graduates’ careers have included personnel management, accountancy, marketing management, publicity, market research, corporate planning, operational research, systems analysis, computer programming, purchasing, banking and the City. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Beyond! <ul><li>Lots of opportunities – most organizations need people with communication, organizational, problem solving and creative thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Business Studies gives you a generalist degree that can be applied in many situations </li></ul><ul><li>Business Studies does not mean you want to start your own business – but some do… </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting is a more focused pathway and includes professional accreditation (so it takes longer) </li></ul><ul><li>Not all accounting students become accountants </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academic vs Vocational <ul><li>GCSEs – academic / exam oriented </li></ul><ul><li>BTECs – vocational / hands on </li></ul><ul><li>Others – generally vocationally </li></ul><ul><li>English and Maths GCSE important! </li></ul><ul><li>Other choices not so important but very useful to consider relevant subjects such as business or maths oriented subjects, IT subjects helps too </li></ul><ul><li>Looking towards university study – choose GCSEs if possible – relevant vocational study is OK in most cases </li></ul>
  5. 5. AS/A2 or BTECs <ul><li>A levels are best for further study at university </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant BTECs are OK in some universities </li></ul><ul><li>Most business studies put few special requirements on which A levels you have studied </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for at least Cs at A level and Ms at BTEC </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational study is better if you aim is to work rather than ‘do’ University study </li></ul><ul><li>General options are office orientated work </li></ul>
  6. 6. University Entrance <ul><li>Increasingly competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement is moving towards Bs </li></ul><ul><li>Choose carefully – start researching soon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose course for interest and capability not friends or ‘easiness’ </li></ul><ul><li>Visit anytime there is an opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Every university is different – no central exam authority </li></ul>
  7. 7. BSc (Hons) Courses <ul><li>Business and Management Suite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 streams of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stream is selected for the final year of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streams include finance, HRM, marketing, quantitative and international business, law </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finance and Accounting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 years degree includes first two levels of ACCA courses as well as CIMA and ICAEW exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placement year is counted as one of the 3 years of professional experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leisure Management Suite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 stream of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stream include Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Leisure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Information Technology </li></ul>
  8. 8. Foundation Courses <ul><li>2 years (considered to be the first two years of an honours degree) </li></ul><ul><li>Route to a ‘top-up’ </li></ul><ul><li>More vocational </li></ul><ul><li>Lower entry levels (usually 2 C/Ds at A Level or National Certificate) </li></ul><ul><li>An option for ‘testing’ the water’ and a fallback option </li></ul>
  9. 9. Placement (Sandwich) Year <ul><li>1 year working in a relevant field </li></ul><ul><li>Paid </li></ul><ul><li>No tuition fees (at Salford) </li></ul><ul><li>Assessed as part of the degree </li></ul><ul><li>Students improve their marks </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to develop a final dissertation </li></ul><ul><li>Start of a career? </li></ul><ul><li>Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute (LCGI) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Business and Management <ul><li>Business & Management graduates in 2008 had some outstanding results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First class honours 11% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2:1 - 27% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2:2 - 43% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>81% of students got a first or second class honours degree </li></ul><ul><li>91% Employment Rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>% with a job or doing further study - 91% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>% employed in a graduate position - 41% </li></ul></ul>