|Business Curriculum plan|
Business and Enterprise
The priority of the Business department is to prepare students for the working world. There are planned opportunities for Enterprise throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum but dedicated lessons are exclusively offered as an elective subject at Key Stages 4 and 5. Business students go on to follow both academic and vocational pathways.
Key Stage 4
Currently students are completing the BTEC Enterprise qualification over two years, this was new for the academic year 2018. This course is split into the following components:
Component 1: Exploring Enterprises (Coursework 30%)
Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (Coursework 30%)
Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Examination 40%)
The first two units are coursework based and are worked upon predominantly in Year 10. Component three is a written exam assessed during Year 11 with one opportunity to re-sit. Assessment is awarded to PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or DISTINCTION* criteria. For some pupils, a level 1 award is also possible.
What does the qualification cover?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:
Teaching and Learning
Teaching within Business Studies uses a range of different approaches. Pupils will be expected to take part in simulated business situations and role plays, as well as traditional classroom teaching.
Key Stage 5
Students in the sixth form study AQA Business, this included the following areas of study: