This week, A-level Business and Economics students have engaged in a variety of events designed to help them explore new aspects of the subjects and to consider their future, both in Higher Education and beyond.
The College has offered students the opportunity to sit the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) qualification, both the Level 2 Award in Fundamentals of Financial Services and the Level 3 Introduction to Securities and Investment.
Unfortunately, some of last year’s Lower Sixth were denied the opportunity to sit their Level 2 exam at the end of last academic year, but at the start of the week, seven students managed to complete their exam and gain the qualification, with three more to take it after the half-term break. A number of students in the Upper Sixth are currently working towards their Level 3 certificate.
On Thursday, 60 students considering a future in the financial sector took part in a trading simulation offered by Amplify Trading. The two simulations, each lasting 30 minutes, allowed students to take on the role of an asset manager and an investment bank sales trader.
The asset manager simulation was won by Katie Collie (M) who achieved 100% execution and buy-side risk management scores, as well as 7.7% return on investment. Max Way (C) won the investment bank simulation, with no ‘fat finger’ events and a relatively high number of trades.
We are very grateful to Amplify, who offered the simulation for free in addition to a course they provided to last year’s Upper Sixth during the lockdown.
On Tuesday, Professor Max Neil, a lecturer in Sports Management and Business Decision Making at the Hult International Business School, delivered an interactive and engaging Cultural Hour masterclass via Zoom.
Professor Neil asked students to consider their values in decision making, and then to consider how they applied these values in a ‘real play’ exercise, based around sporting scenarios.
Over 50 students were on this call and hopefully it will provide food for thought as they tailor their personal statements.
Mr Gordon Watson, Head Of Economics & Business