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KS4 Business

Both GCSE Business Studies and the Tech Award in Enterprise are offered at KS4, both qualifications follow the Edexcel specification.

 

GCSE Business

The GCSE course will encourage students to engage in the study of business and economics and develop knowledge, understanding and skills, which they can apply to a range of local, national and global organisations. Students will have the opportunity to use an enquiry based approach to solve problems, build arguments and think critically to make informed judgements. Ethical and environmental influences will be considered, and a range of stakeholder perspectives studied in relation to a range of contemporary issues facing businesses.

The following units will be taught over two years:

 Theme 1: Investigating a Small Business

  • o Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • o Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity
  • o Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
  • o Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
  • o Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a Business

  • o Topic 2.1 Growing the business
  • o Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
  • o Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions
  • o Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
  • o Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

 Students are on the 9-1 graded specification.

Their course is assessed by 100% Exam

  • Theme 1: Worth 50%
  • Theme 2: Worth 50%

 

BTEC TECH AWARD IN ENTERPRISE - LEVEL 1/LEVEL 2

The following units will be taught over two years:

Unit 1:  Exploring Enterprises

  • Which comprises of internally assessed assignments and contributing to a 30% of the total course. Students will have the opportunity to examine the characteristics of enterprises, exploring how enterprises meets customers’ needs and investigating the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

Unit 2 - Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

  • Which comprises of internally assessed assignments and also contributing to a 30% of the total course. The focal points would include exploring ideas to plan for a microenterprise activity, pitching a micro-enterprise activity and reviewing own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity.

Unit 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

  • This is an externally assessed task and contributes to a 40% of the total course. This unit is an examined unit; students will have one opportunity to re-sit. Key emphasis will be on promotion, financial records, financial planning and forecasting.

Students are assessed through:

Coursework: 60%    Exam: 40%