Berkhamsted School is proud to announce the launch of Britain’s first ‘Mini-MBA’ as part of a Sixth Form curriculum. The initiative has been developed in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School.
“It’s clear that in an ever more competitive recruitment world, employers are increasingly looking for more than just academic qualifications. Whilst many independent schools also provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, we believe our Mini-MBA, developed in conjunction with Ashridge, will help our students develop their inter-personal skills, emotional intelligence and business acumen,” explains Berkhamsted’s Acting Principal Michael Bond. “We’re confident this exciting new course will be of benefit to our students before, during and after their time at university and we look forward to continuing our work with Ashridge over the coming months.” The Mini-MBA will be offered to Year 12 students, all of whom will complete a module on ‘Personal Impact and Presence’ following which they will have the option to complete the full programme, which includes modules on Business Performance, Strategy, Marketing and Consultancy, culminating in a business simulation exercise. “The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and self-directed learning, supported by a bespoke online learning platform created by Ashridge, all of which will help our students make the transition from GCSE to A-levels and Higher Education,” said Mr Bond. Dr Ilze Zandvoort, Faculty Member at Ashridge and Samantha Tidey, Course Director at Berkhamsted, have worked closely with Richard Petty, the Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth to put everything in place to start the Mini-MBA as part of the new Sixth Form curriculum this year. Students will have the choice of completing the Mini-MBA or an Extended Project Qualification during their Lower Sixth year. Dr Zandvoort says: “The module on Personal Impact and Presence is a popular option amongst our business students at Ashridge so Berkhamsted’s Sixth Formers are fortunate to learn these skills and develop insights about their personal strengths and how their behaviour impacts on others at this early stage of their lives.” Pictured above, from left: Michael Bond (Acting Principal), Samantha Tidey (Mini-MBA Course Director), Dr Ilze Zandvoort (Faculty Member, Ashridge) and Richard Petty (Headmaster, Berkhamsted Sixth).