A Level business and law students put their skills to the test
Groups of A Level business and law students have taken part in competitions recently that really put their professional skills to the test.
In the first competition, a group of A level business students competed in the Sheffield heat of the national ICAEW Base Competition which allows students to engage in a business challenge to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an Accountant.
Working with professionals from the business world, students had to assimilate data and information in order to advise a company on their strategic choices. Through this process they developed an understanding of how decisions are made in the real business world, aiding their communication, numeracy, problem solving and decision-making skills. They were also under pressure, working to deadlines, to devise and deliver a presentation to an audience of over 100 fellow competitors and judges.
There were a number of employers at the competition so students gained an insight into the wide range of careers associated with the accounting profession. They explored how to apply for work experience, bursaries, apprenticeships, and supported degree courses.
The team were proud of their efforts on the day and finished runners up to winners Sheffield High School for Girls and Worksop College.
In the second competition, 6 law students took part in a debate competition at Sheffield Hallam University.
The team entered the mock court room to face their opposition and debate the motion ‘Should assisted suicide be legalised in the UK?’ The team had been working on presenting an argument against the motion for three weeks before the event and on the day the formal debate lasted for almost 2 hours, including rebuttals and questioning.
After the debate the Judges, including barristers and solicitors, conferred over the results. Judging criteria included an individual mark for each member on things such as the clarity of voice, body language, clarity of argument and the persuasive power of the argument
When the results were announced the Chesterfield College team had scored an impressive 200 out of the possible 260 points. However, they were beaten by The Priory Academy from Lincoln who scored an incredible 250 points. Both teams were commended as it is rare for any team to reach over 200 points.