Barnsley College students are having an exciting time – FE News

More than 70 students from Barnsley College’s Business and English for Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL) departments visited Alton Towers to learn more about the business and theme park owner, Merlin Entertainments.

Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number one theme park with over 40 rides and attractions. Based in Staffordshire, it’s home to record-breaking roller coasters, CBeebies Land, SEALIFE’s Sharkbait Reef, family attractions, shows and entertainment.

Throughout the academic year, students studying Level 3 Accounting and Level 3 Management and Administration will consider Alton Towers as a case study. By the end of July 2023, students will answer the project’s overriding question: “Should Merlin Entertainments invest in a new ride at Alton Towers?” »

Emma Lawler, Head of Business Couse at Barnsley College, explained:

“In the first project, our students work individually or in pairs to design a new ride for Alton Towers, then present the ride to their peers. By visiting the attraction, students were able to see the theme park and the rides that are already there, as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the location, the vendors who sell their products there, sustainability, and the factors that would concern customers and the Board of Directors. .

“As part of their studies, students will learn business theory and learn about organizational structures, analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, political, economic, social and technological analysis and human resources By visiting Alton Towers, the students were able to see the variety of positions available and they are already using this knowledge to create corporate documentation, including people specifications and job postings.

Abi Marshall, a T-Level 3 Management and Administration student, added:

“The trip to Alton Towers was one of the best trips I’ve had, everyone was together and we had a blast! We were getting the information we needed for our project, but I was getting to know the Alton Towers brand, trying out the rides and learning about their portfolio while experiencing their customer service.

Angela Kerley, Head of Business and Management at Barnsley College, added:

“Educational tours like this offer our students the opportunity to develop their understanding of a particular subject and bring it to life.

“The students had the opportunity to see firsthand the scale of the theme park and the factors the business needs to be aware of in order to operate. Additionally, attendees had the chance to improve their team building and communication skills while experiencing the rides.

Barnsley College offers a range of full-time and part-time vocational courses, apprenticeships and T-levels in a range of subjects including accountancy, business and leadership and management qualifications. For more information, visit

You can also visit the College Open Day on Thursday, November 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More details about the event can be found on the website:

There is still time for 16-18 year olds who are not currently in school, employment or training to apply for this academic year. Through a personalized schedule, they could develop their skills for the future – whether it’s a mix of art, engineering, digital and fashion; or construction, restoration, game design, music, or anything in between.

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