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Business – Curriculum page

GCSE Business

The aim of the Business department is ‘To develop inquisitive business minds, that will go on to become business leaders of the future’. In GCSE Business students will explore how businesses start-up and the issues and decisions businesses make as they grow. Students will engage in current case studies that will spark their imagination and inspire them to think critically and commercially about the world around them.
What will I learn about?
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting
and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts
through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.
Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the
key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on
aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the
impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

How will my work be assessed?

The course is 100% examined. There will be two 90-minute papers at the end of the course.

Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business (50% of the course – 90 minutes – 90 marks)
1.1 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
1.2 Spotting a Business Opportunity
1.3 Putting a Business Idea into Practice
1.4 Making the Business Effective
1.5 Understanding External Influences on Business
Theme 2 – Building a Business (50% of the course – 90 minutes – 90 marks)
2.1 Growing the Business
2.2 Making Marketing Decisions
2.3 Making Operational Decisions
2.4 Making Financial Decisions
2.5 Making HR Decisions

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about GCSE Business please speak to Mrs Kiely – Head of Business or Mrs Wilkinson – Teacher of Business.

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise

The aim of the Business department is ‘To develop inquisitive business minds, that will go on to become business leaders of the future’. In BTEC Enterprise, students will learn how to become enterprising leaders and employees, they will investigate how businesses are successful and how they contribute positively to economic growth in today’s fast-changing world.

What will I learn about?

You will develop key skills in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving. You will explore the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and investigate the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise. You will consider attitudes and ways of working that are most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

How will my work be assessed?

Component 1 and 2 are coursework units, and you will be assessed by submitting formal reports, presentations recordings and observation records. Component 3 is a written 2-hour exam. You will get one resit opportunity at this exam if you want to try and improve your grade.

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises (coursework unit – 30%)
In this unit you will:
• Examine the characteristics of enterprises
• Explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand
• Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise

Component 2: Planning for and Running and Enterprise (coursework – 30%)
In this unit you will:
• Explore ideas and plan for a micro-enterprise activity
• Pitch a micro-enterprise activity
• Review own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity.

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (exam – 40%)
In this unit you will:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records
• Interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise
• Make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise
• Be able to advise and provide recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise please speak to Mrs Kiely – Head of Business or Mr Singh – Teacher of Business