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Business Studies

This course is only available in Years 10 and 11 as part of the options process.

If you have any questions please contact the staff in the technology and ICT faculty.

 

Title of qualification

BTEC Enterprise (Business Studies)

 

Exam Board

Edexcel

 

What will I learn?

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, set up, run, review and monitor an enterprise that includes:

  • Development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning and carrying out 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 communicating and interacting with customers, monitoring and reflecting on performance of enterprise and own use of skills.
  • This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Business. It requires learners to apply their knowledge in practical ways, through activities that will enable them to develop their ideas, for example researching an idea for a small enterprise.

 

How will this course be assessed?

  • Unit 1 – Exploring enterprises (Internal controlled assessment)
  • Unit 2 – Planning for and running an Enterprise (Internal controlled assessment)
  • Unit 3 – Promotion and finance for enterprise (Exam)

 

What skills do I need?

  • High standard of written language as a lot of written communication is required.
  • Mathematical skills in the use of financial statements.

 

What is next for me after this course?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that a learner makes post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A-levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects.
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, which prepares them to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the business sector.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • Study at Level 2, post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them to achieve.
  • Study of enterprise post-16 through the study of a technical certificate. Learners who perform well in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in the business sector.

 

Are there any restrictions with this course?

None.