Business Studies students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have attended additional sessions over their Easter break, aimed at helping them to get a step ahead in preparation for their A Level exams.

With A Level examinations around the corner, the College is keen to instil a sense of responsibility for individual learning amongst its students. It is never too early to start revision and with this in mind, departments across the College offered additional sessions during the holidays, in order to help students who wanted to brush up on their revision techniques, or look at certain subjects in greater depth.

The Business revision event was voluntary for students, with almost all second year A Level students attending.  Working on “Organisational Culture”, the emphasis was on helping the students to achieve high grades and to improve their transferable revision skills. The revision event included lectures, as well as timed exam tasks and group discussions on relevant exam topics. After lunch, the students attended a workshop which focused on essay writing; how to construct essays and develop a good writing technique, how to conduct academic research and how to work with their peers and tutors in order to gain the highest possible grades.

Head of Division for Business, Sport, Public Services and Higher Education, Ryan Cook said, “In 2013, 83% of the A2 Business Studies students achieved A or B in their January examination and so we are determined to ensure that this exceptional pass rate is attained right through to the final exams. During the Easter holidays, our students have been able to attend additional workshops, allowing them to receive additional support which is essential for achieving the highest grades.”

He went on to say, “I am proud to lead a Division which can count a number of teachers who are leaders in their subject field, be it as examiners, speakers, bloggers or developers of materials. In Business, Public Services and Sport, we share a culture and track record of high grades, enterprising activity and developing employability skills and this combined with the exceptional dedication shown by our students, means that I am confident of our students’ success in August!”

A Level student Stuart McWhinnie, who has already completed A Level Geography and is currently revising for his A Levels in Business Studies and Biology said, “It has been good to attend the Business revision event today as it focused on what to revise and helped give my studies some direction. The added motivation we get from our tutors is really great and I think that the College facilitates ways for us to improve our learning.”

Fellow A Level student Maisie Blackburn, who is studying Business Studies, Geography and Psychology agreed and said, “I want to do the best I possibly can, so the additional revision sessions are a big help.”