|Teachers of Business Studies
Mr Vinay Gunessee
Miss Kanayo Isiekwena
Business is taught as a vocational qualification at Key Stage 4. All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise (603/1916/1) is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea. This includes the development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving.
Year 10 topics
Component 1 Exploring Enterprises
Component 3 Promotion and Finance
Year 11 topics
Component 2 Planning and Pitching an Enterprise Activity
Component 3 Promotion and Finance
How is this qualification assessed?
Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification. For setting assignments, we provide authorised assignment briefs and guidance in each component. There is one external assessment, Component 3, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification.
Component 1: Exploring Enterprises – internal assessment
Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity – internal assessment
Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – external synoptic assessment
Key Stage 4 Homework
Homework is set weekly. This could include research tasks about chosen businesses and preparation tasks for assignments, as well as homework to help prepare students for the externally-examined unit.
How is this subject assessed?
Term 1 Component 1 first submission
Term 2 Resubmission of Component 1
Term 3 First sitting of Component 3
Term 1 Component 2 first submission
Term 2 Resubmission of Component 2
Second sitting of Component 3
Term 3 Preparation Year 12
How does this subject fulfil SMSC needs?
Social - Students complete group work within lessons as well as practical tasks when looking at theory topics. Students will need to work with a variety of people when they go into the world of work and these exercises will develop their social skills.
Moral - Students learn how businesses have used these to keep the cost of their goods and services down to make more money. They also look at the other side of the argument that without these factories being set up, people might have even less. Students move on to look at Fairtrade goods and how businesses look to use these.
Spiritual – The different spiritual beliefs of people play a key role in business planning. Students are made aware that these beliefs need to be considered when bringing out new products due to the response they might get from people with different beliefs.
Cultural – Students complete a lot of group work within lessons as well as practical tasks when looking at theory topics. Students will need to work with a variety of people when they go into the world of work and these exercises will develop their social skills.
How does the subject challenge more able pupils?
The qualification is graded over seven grades from Level 1 Pass to Level 2 Distinction*. Learners must achieve all components at Level 1 Pass or above in order to be awarded a qualification. The holistic approach of the assignment briefs allows learners to reflect on their research and skills allowing them to achieve the higher grades. More able students who are also good at Mathematics may choose to study GCSE Economics.
What provision is made for pupils with SEND?
Quality first teaching in all of our lessons places an emphasis on high-quality inclusive teaching that utilises a range of strategies to support the learning of pupils with SEND in the classroom.
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities
We run the MyBnk financial education programme and a trip to the Bank of England Museum.