BusinessBusiness at LMC

Choosing to study in the business department will give you access to an exciting subject that is relevant across all employment sectors. All organisations are businesses, so studying Business as an option allows you flexibility across a variety of sectors, whether that’s fund-raising for a local charity or working abroad for a global blue-chip company. The teaching staff are well qualified with a breadth of experience in a number of industry sectors and students appreciate learning from people who have actually done it as well as teach it.

Jon Lloyd, Head of Business

A recent report shows that 49% of small businesses set up with under £2,000.

Where does it lead?

Past students have gone on to study business, marketing, law and management at some of the UK’s top rated universities including Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Liverpool, Edge Hill and John Moore, Liverpool. Career options include accountancy, finance and banking, human resources, marketing, retail management, events planning or starting your own business.

Student Profile: Jasmine Fancourt, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Jasmine FancourtIs this the first course you have done at LMC?

Yes and the first course after my GCSE’s, I went straight from school to college.

What are the best things about your course?

There were so many best bits about the course! I loved the variety of modules within the business course, as well as the practical side of some modules, for example holding a coffee morning as part of our events management module. I loved having the freedom when writing reports and essays, as it made it enjoyable when doing a piece of work to be able to write about something we cared about. The trips and days out were always loads of fun as well as being educational, and I also loved how we had both group work and individual assignments.

Why did you choose your course?

At first I choose to study business because it was a course that left me a lot of options and opportunities at the end of it as I was not quite sure what I wanted to do after college or what field I wished to go into.

Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College?

LMC has a great reputation and the facilities look great.

I knew friends who had studied there and loved it. When I started The Hexagon and The Lounge had just opened so the college had a modern and fresh feel that made it a great place to come to everyday. I also lived outside the area so it was nice to be able to use the free bus service to get to college and have a change of scenery every day.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course?

The course is amazing. It has so many different modules from health and safety in the workplace, to accounting and marketing which means you leave with so much knowledge and experience. The tutors were brilliant and always around to help you out, as well as being very supportive with future decisions and goals. The whole course was great and I would do it again if I could.

What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC?

My biggest achievement was getting offers from all five universities that I applied to, as well as achieving higher than my target grades and finally securing my place at Liverpool John Moores University.

What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course?

I am currently studying for a degree at John Moores University which was always what I hoped to do after finishing my course at LMC.

Student Profile: David Mace, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

David MaceIs this the first course you have done at LMC?


What are the best things about your course?

Without doubt the tutors as they were there when you needed a helping hand. They made the course fun and I enjoyed the way they tested out new ways of learning. I really liked the practical side of the course which included going out and testing ideas, such as being able to lead a team to try to make as much money as you could by running a cake sale or raffle, all this contributed towards our assignments.

Why did you choose your course?

I chose the course as I just love making money, so it was a no brainer to do a course that would extend my knowledge in business.

Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College?

I chose the college because it’s where my two sisters studied and they both left with qualifications.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course?

Just do it! My time at LMC was the best two years of my educational life.

The amount of people I met, the friendships I made, and of course the qualifications I gained were well worth it.

What has been your biggest accomplishment whilst studying at LMC?

When I was at college the biggest accomplishment was that my confidence grew so much. At the start of the course I hated presenting in front of people, but now I don’t mind. I’ve learnt so much that will help me build my businesses. I’ve also gained contacts in the Czech Republic which I met thanks to the college and my tutors for nominating me.

What do you hope to do when you’ve completed this course?

Whilst studying at the college I put together a business plan, which I used to open up my first company, Mace Auctions Ltd. I’ve recently opened my second company, Rim Blades North West Ltd and now have a shop where I export
products all over the world. It’s been 4 months since I completed the course and I have done so much thanks to all the help from my tutors and the college.

On the Course: Training with Virgin

Virgin Trains Mock Recruitment

Students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business (LMC) recently enjoyed a mock recruitment and selection event with Virgin Trains. Held in the LMC Business and Conference Centre, the day was designed to give students the experience of a selection process in a large customer service organisation.

To prepare for the event students competed an online application form and had the opportunity to create or update their CV to include with their application. On the day the selection process consisted of: meet and greet where the students had to demonstrate positive body language and good interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build a rapport, team building activities, speed interviewing and individual interviews.

At the end of the day all results were collected and Virgin Trains are returning to College in the next couple of weeks to provide each student with one to one feedback on their performance so they understand their strengths and areas to develop which they will be able to use in future interviews. Virgin Trains staff identified 11 excellent candidates amongst the students who have been offered work placement opportunities for March 2016 within their organisation.

All the students felt they benefitted from the day. Dom Aye said “I had a great time, it was really good and interesting to see what happens in the process”. Seemal Shah said “It was even better than I had thought and it was interesting to see that they used varied and different ways to assess us”. Steven Hodgeson said “When can I start working for Virgin Trains?  It was really interesting to see the process and gain professional experience from a company”.

Business tutor Sarah Armstead said “This day gave the students experience of a realistic interview and selection day with Virgin Trains. The students’ personalities and actions were judged against the company’s values, such as “Daringly Bold” and “Insatiably Curious” in a variety of scenarios. The students will then be given honest, one to one feedback from the management team and find out whether or not they would have been called forward to the next stage of talent bank formal interviews.”

Programme Area Manager for Hospitality, Business, Travel & IT at LMC Jon Lloyd said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the college to work with such a positive employer. Virgin Trains staff identified some high flyers amongst the students who they have offered placement opportunities to for them to complete as part of their course and are keen to run another session with us in the future”.

On the course: Students face the Dragon's Den

dragons den with Leed DancyStudents in year 2 on the BTEC Level 3 Business course recently had the chance to pitch in a Dragon’s Den to local business owner Lee Dancy.

Lee is the owner of ‘Barking Mad Ltd', a company offering a home from home dog holiday service. Having won countless awards and currently a finalist of the Inspirational Business Woman of the Year 2014, Lee has been inspirational to the students on the course.

For the Dragon’s Den the students had to come up with an idea and complete a full business plan including the research to get their ideas off the ground and then pitch their ideas to Lee who awarded them cash prizes.

The winner was Jon-Paul Beattie with his pitch for “Rent-a-Rod”. As there were so many excellent ideas, Lee decided to give two additional runner up prizes to Hannah Sloan for her pitch for “Lushy Slushy” and Katie O’Donaghue for “Lazy Lipstick”.

Fiona Marroni said: “We were delighted to have Lee Dancy involved in our students’ presentations for their Business planning unit. Presenting to a respected business owner brought a real challenge to the students and they all stepped up to the challenge. We would like to thank Lee for giving up her time and generously donating the prizes”.

Lee Dancy said “I was so impressed by the fantastic ideas and business plans presented by the students. The diversity of concepts was really inspiring, I'm genuinely overwhelmed by the talent and aptitude of these business students. It was a pleasure to be involved”.

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