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The introduction of a Diploma of Business at St Peters Indooroopilly gives Year 11 students interested in pursuing a business pathway, the opportunity to undertake the Diploma as one of their six subjects.

Course Coordinator, Amanda Huxham, said the nationally recognised Diploma operated by Prestige Service Training at St Peters, has been a very popular addition to the timetable due to a number of tangible benefits for students, including eight points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Beyond school, Amanda said the Diploma is a great option for students seeking an alternative pathway to University.

“If you want to go to University and study a business course, this is a great head start into University,” Amanda explained.  “The Diploma may lead to University credits and contributes towards your rank.” 

“Another benefit is that students learn real world skills. You can graduate school with a Diploma of Business and go straight into a business environment with a recognised qualification.”

Students undertake two lessons a week over 18 months and must complete eight Units of Competency.

According to Amanda, one of the real strengths of the Diploma program is the focus on essential management and business functions through simulations and project work that will ultimately increase students’ employability, skills and knowledge.

Year 11 student, Jared Robinson, who has aspirations to study business management and to start his own fashion store in London, said the focus on these business skills is proving very valuable.

“I chose the Diploma because I want to have a future in business. I feel it will help me to get on the right track,” he explained.

Jared, who started an online business last year buying and selling clothes with limited runs, said he is really enjoying the course and the content.

“I’m learning things that will help me with my business,” Jared said.

Amanda said Jared’s experience is consistent with feedback she is receiving from students and parents about the Diploma.

“It’s going tremendously well,” Amanda said positively.

“All the feedback from the students is that they love the teacher and they find it interesting.”

In terms of the course workload, Amanda said that students quickly realise this is not an easy option.

“The students say it’s a lot of work but it’s manageable,” Amanda explained. “It’s definitely something they have to commit to and it is a Diploma level, so the work requirements are high.”

Jared agreed and offered his own thoughts: “It’s all quite manageable and you get a good amount of time to work on it. Our Diploma Teacher is really helpful and caring and puts a lot of effort into helping us.”