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:

  • Development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving.
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise.
  • Attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

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:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change