Elements of Business Skills
The Elements of Business Skills (EBS) syllabus is designed as an introduction to business concepts by understanding business activities, focusing on basic marketing and customer relations, in Singapore’s context. Students will have opportunities to acquire foundational business knowledge and develop transferable employability skills in the service industry, namely the Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Retail industries.
The service industry continues to play a significant role in Singapore’s economic growth and offers employment opportunities. With globalisation, changing demographics and technological advancement, businesses are innovating and reinventing themselves to stay ahead of the competition. The study of EBS in the selected industries would provide students with opportunities to learn and develop 21st Century Competencies (Figure 1.1) needed to thrive in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
The syllabus provides students with the foundation for further studies at institutes of higher learning. Through this course of study, students become aware of the prospects and challenges of a career in the services sector.
It is offered as an elective subject at Secondary Three and examinable at the GCE Normal (Technical) Level.
Desired Outcomes of Education
It is hoped that every student will embody the Desired Outcomes of Education (DOE) attributes by becoming:
- a confident person who has a strong sense of right and wrong, is adaptable and resilient, knows himself, is discerning in judgment, thinks independently and critically, and communicates effectively;
- a self-directed learner who takes responsibility for his own learning, who questions, reflects
- and perseveres in the pursuit of learning;
- an active contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, exercises initiative, take calculated risks, is innovative and strives for excellence; and
- a concerned citizen rooted in Singapore, with a strong civic consciousness, is informed, and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around him.
Approach and Pedagogy
- Adoption of Mixed Mode Delivery (MMD) such as demonstration, explicit teaching, games, inquiry, mind-mapping, pair work, role-play and think-pair-share
- Infusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Linkage of concepts that students learn in the classroom to authentic businesses
- Practice of Assessment for Learning through relevant toolkits
- Usage of Differentiated Instructions (DI)
- Participation in competitions by external organisations
- Collaboration between schools on the sharing of question papers and mark schemes of Mid-year Examinations, End-of-Year Examinations and Preliminary Examinations
Refer to the link below for further information.
GCE Normal (Technical) Level: (Syllabus 7066)