Students aged 15 - 17
Our Business course will help support and prepare you for studying at university and a future career in business. At Cambridge College, you will develop both your practical business skills and 21st Century skills while acquiring the knowledge of the latest trends and practices in business.
Becoming an Innovative Entrepreneur
Join us for an extraordinary experience in the heart of Cambridge as you embark on a transformative journey into the world of business. Our two-week course is designed to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in today’s business world.
You will uncover the secrets of launching and running a successful business, dive into the fascinating realm of marketing and branding, gain insights into the financial workings of businesses, and use this knowledge to pitch your own start-up business idea to your peers during our Time To Shine Ceremony.
Join us for an enriching summer experience focusing on learning, innovation and personal development. Explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship and acquire invaluable skills for your future success!
At a Glance
English LevelB1+ (Intermediate and above)
Maximum Class Size15
Academic Content25 Hours Per Week
Starting Dates7th July, 21st July, 4th August 2024
LocationSancton Wood School, Cambridge
Our Approach to Your Learning
Subject + Skills + Language = Success
At the core of our student-centered academic approach is a commitment to nurturing not just your subject knowledge, but also your communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through interactive lectures, dynamic seminars, and hands-on practical workshops. We also emphasise the development of your public speaking and teamwork through group work and our Time to Shine projects. And finally, our programme of engaging guest speakers and industry experiences bring real-world relevance to your learning. This immersive learning journey will empower you with the skills you need for success in the 21st century.
Academic Content25 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced subject tutor, delivered through interactive seminars and hands-on practical workshops
Time to ShineOpportunities to apply and share this knowledge with your peers through dynamic group projects, culminating in the end-of-the-week Time to Shine Ceremony
Industry ProgrammeAn action-packed programme of guest speakers and industry experiences each week designed to give you first-hand insight into your chosen field
Dedicated Academic CoachingSessions designed to support you in applying for a UK university, whether that’s writing a personal statement or preparing for a presentation
English Language DevelopmentNumerous opportunities throughout your academic program to develop your English language skills, whether that’s building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project.
Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:
- Discover the fundamentals of starting up and operating a business in today’s society
- Learn how businesses market and brand their products, applying this to your own ideas in a Time To Shine project
- Identify how business finances work so that businesses can break even and make a profit
- Take part in our exciting Time to Shine ceremony, and pitch the idea for a start-up business with your classmates to the rest of the school
- Develop and apply core 21st-century skills through fun and engaging lessons, including critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration
Introduction To Business
Be introduced to key business concepts and terminology, focusing on a range of important topics such as business ethics and global markets through a range of interactive lectures, discussions and case studies.
Marketing & Innovation
Explore what makes marketing strategies effective by investigating the role of innovation in business success. Participate in hands-on workshops looking at market research, branding, product management and digital marketing.
Delve into financial aspects essential for business management, including budgeting, financial statements, investments and risk management. You will analyse real-world financial reports and simulate financial planning exercises.
Time to Shine Project
Develop your public speaking skills. Share your passion. Inspire your classmates.
Today, giving great presentations are a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. Our programmes reflect this by having the ‘art of presenting’ at the heart of their content, and allow you to discover new confidence when using English in public situations.
It’s more than just a chance to enhance your public speaking skills, though; it’s an opportunity for you to share your passion and subject knowledge with your fellow classmates. Through your presentations, you will become sources of inspiration, and encourage others to delve deeper into your subject.
Time to Shine Project - Week 1
Over the two-week programme, you will participate in two Time To Shine Projects.
Week One: Business Plan and Startup Challenge
In the first week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will participate in a Business Plan and Startup Challenge. They will work in teams to develop a comprehensive business plan for a startup idea of their choice. Students will research market trends, define their target audience, create financial projections, and outline marketing strategies. They will then pitch their business plans to a panel of judges, showcasing their entrepreneurial skills and innovation. This project not only nurtures entrepreneurial spirit but also hones business acumen, teamwork, and presentation abilities.
Time to Shine Project - Week 2
Week Two: Innovation and Marketing Expo
In the second week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will organise an Innovation and Marketing Expo. Each team will select a product or service, analyze market demand, and develop innovative marketing campaigns to promote their chosen offering. Students will create eye-catching exhibits and interactive presentations for the expo, allowing them to showcase their marketing strategies and innovative ideas to the school community. This project emphasizes market research, marketing skills, and an understanding of how innovation and marketing drive success in the business world.
Dive deeper into your field beyond the classroom
Dive deeper into your field beyond the classroom
Enhance your academic foundation with our comprehensive Industry Experience sessions. These sessions are both on-site, in which you will participate in workshops that are led by an industry professional and blend practical engagement with immersive learning, and off-site, in which students engage in excursions that complement your course content and will broaden your horizons.
While theoretical knowledge lays an important foundation in business, hands-on experience cements learning. That’s why, at SBC, our students participate in interactive workshops with industry experts. They delve into topics such as brand development, strategic planning, and effective pitching, ensuring a well-rounded approach to their business education.
In previous Industry Experiences, students visited companies and took part in workshops that focused on building brand identities, marketing clothing companies, designing a roadmap for a start up, and honing their pitching skills.
Leaders of today inspiring the Leaders of tomorrow
Every Wednesday morning, students can interact with leading professionals and academics. These sessions offer insightful discussions, expert views, and Q&A sessions that promote intellectual growth.
In our programmes at SBC’s Oxford and Cambridge colleges, students dive into enlightening sessions with respected university lecturers and successful business entrepreneurs. Additionally, we touch upon emerging sectors, such as fintech, offering insights into the future avenues of business.
Stand out and shine
Whether you’re looking to apply for a UK university or just keen to make sure your university application is as strong as possible, our academic coaching sessions aim to ensure you stand apart from your peers. These workshops will not just focus on writing personal statements and preparing for university, but also help you to develop your public speaking skills, an integral skill for university courses.
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Cambridge College Business FAQs
How Challenging is Business at Cambridge?
Although the course offers a high level of challenge, our teachers can vary the degree of difficulty depending on the group’s overall proficiency. At SBC we do all we can to provide inclusive learning.
What level of English is required to study Business at Cambridge College?
For this course, participants should have a level of B2 to gain the maximum benefits of the course. Before the summer, your Admissions Manager will send your child(ren) an online placement test to complete. This will help us to ensure that this course is suitable for your child to participate in and benefit from.
Do students receive a certificate?
To acknowledge their achievements each student receives a certificate of completion during our graduation ceremony at the end of the course.
Do students need to purchase any course book materials?
A variety of SBC handouts are given to the students; which are all produced by our academic staff.
What do students need to bring to class?
Students are given an SBC notepad and folder, but should bring their own pens.
Does Business at Cambridge involve any required reading?
Although precourse reading is not necessary in order to participate in the course, it would benefit students to continue improving their English in order to feel more at ease if necessary.
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