Their tutor believes their success is down to improving the link between learning and industry. Petrena O’Halloran decided to rethink the way students were being taught after a recent CPD session at the College that focused on embedding real work and industry to what is taught in the classroom. Also, rather than setting their assignments for a pass then adding other activities to achieve a distinction, she wrote the tasks specifically for the distinction grade.Petrena, lecturer and Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership course leader said: “All students have worked extremely hard within their teams, demonstrating networking and leadership skills above their current level. The work they have produced is of the highest professional standard and comparable with that of my Level 7 and MBA students.”
The unit involved students choosing a candidate to interview for a high profile position within Google, assessing their own skills and abilities while demonstrating leadership and teamwork qualities. Each team carried out interviews with College staff acting as interviewees, and then evaluated their answers and fitness for the job. Students also had to put together a company manual with all health and safety and equality and diversity legislation relating to recruitment.
Petrena added: “Conducting interviews can be daunting to anyone, let alone Level 4 Business students. But they felt empowered during and after the interview because they were selecting candidates with very impressive CVs.”
20-year-old HNC business management student Jacob Webb gave up his IT job in Oxford to move to London to study at the South Thames. It was a double celebration for him after he found out he gained a distinction on his birthday.
Jacob said: “Although it has been stressful at times the teaching has been good and the support level was great. The fact the assignments were practical made a big difference, you can see how what you’re learning relates to the workplace so it’s much easier to get your head around. I’m chose South Thames College because it was the best in terms of course content and it felt like the right place for me.”
He’s now planning on topping up his qualification to a full BA (Hons) in Business and Economics at the University of Greenwich.