Upper secondary vocational college of commerce I

Education at the upper secondary vocational college I (= Berufskolleg I) of the Friedrich-List-Schule is full-term and takes one year. It builds on a high-school diploma and is meant to deepen general education and put across job-related theoretical and practical basic knowledge for occupations in the fields of economy and administration.

The Friedrich-List-Schule offers the obligatory elective subjects Practice Firm or Business Processes / Practice-oriented Tasks. Their respective aim is to teach lesson contents in step with actual practice.

There is no written final exam and no oral exam. At the end of the second school term, a centrally-organized class test in the subject Economics takes place. The date, tasks and guidelines for correction are prescribed by the Ministry of Education for the whole federal state of Baden-Württemberg.

Based on the pupils’ achievements in their main subjects in the current school year it is assessed who successfully finished their education.

Being educated in the upper secondary vocational college of commerce I enables students to have easier access to qualified traineeships (for example bank management assistant, industrial management assistant, wholesale and foreign trade management assistant, assistant tax consultant). It is also possible for students to respectively shorten the duration of their traineeship. At the same time it opens the way for well-performing students to get the advanced commercial certificate (= Fachhochschulreife).

These are all possibilities at one glance:

Director of Studys
Stefanie Hopfengart

Tel.: 0731 / 161 – 3884

The practice firm Motega GmbH in our upper secondary vocational school of commerce I and II makes practical learning possible. It has the aim to promote the students’ capacity to act in a globalized world by teaching professional, methodological, personal and social competences.

In a practice firm, pupils use their theoretically acquired knowledge and skills by carrying out all commercial tasks of a company. For example they process customers’ orders, order goods from suppliers, book invoices and pay these by bank transfer.

The goods and money traffic is complete from a commercial point of view, but there is no flow of real goods or money. Contacts with customers are maintained in writing, via telephone and on regional and international trade fairs that take place on a regular basis.

Customers and suppliers are practice firms inland as well as abroad. Worldwide, more than 3000 practice firms are actively conducting business on the so-called practice market at the moment.

The central department for practice firms in Essen, which provides a banking system as well as services at a higher level like for example a tax office, health insurance companies and a post office, sees to it that all processes go smoothly.

Stefanie Hopfengart
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New application procedure for the Upper secondary vocational college of commerce I