A brand new level 3 course in Business and Professional Studies is starting in September 2017 at North Shields based Sixth Form, Queen Alexandra, offers school leavers and young adults an amazing opportunity to gain a host of extra accreditations in addition to their main qualification to help them to stand out in the competitive world of work.

This course is specifically designed to fill the skills gap in the Tyne & Wear region, in line with LEP priorities. Based at the Queen Alexandra Campus in North Shields, students will gain essential business skills from industry experts giving an introduction to the business environment as well as key academic, research and communication skills. 

Students will also undertake a work placement, internship or workplace shadowing as well as participating in an enterprise initiative to gain experience of setting up and running a real business under the guidance of industry specialist volunteers.

Furthermore, this course is endorsed by the North Tyneside Business Forum and the Business Factory, who speak extremely highly not only of this brand new course, but also of the College itself.

David Bavaird, Chair of North Tyneside Business Forum, said: “North Tyneside Business Forum have worked with TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form on a range of projects, including apprenticeship programmes, engagement with secondary schools and business surveys. We welcome the new Business & Professional Studies course as it will give North Tyneside a further opportunity to improve our skills base which will help with employment and wellbeing.

David continues: “Employers in North Tyneside are always looking at the skills base of existing employees and potential employees as a necessary component for economic growth. As the College works closely with the business community, this relationship will help to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary skills for employment and business success.”

Karen Westgate, Project Manager at the Business Factory, adds: “This new course gives students another option instead of moving straight into employment. As well as an opportunity to work with small businesses, it also gives the student the skills, knowledge and confidence to create and operate a small business themselves. Nurturing this entrepreneurial spirit is critical to develop our future business leaders.”

The Level 3 course is the equivalent to three A Levels and is taught full-time at TyneMet College’s dedicated Sixth Form College, Queen Alexandra. The College is well known for its excellent A level results and student support, plus students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources across the campus.

Lee Patterson, head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “The transferable skills that individuals gain from business qualifications are in extremely high demand. Leaving college with a thorough understanding of how organisations operate and the importance of excellent communication skills, alongside the ability to engage in business activity with confidence and competence will help our local youngsters to stand out in the world of work.”

For more information about this new business course and other options available after GCSE study at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, visit queenalex.co.uk