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INTRODUCTION

To develop the Entrepreneurs of the future by the steps we take today.

The aim of the Business Enterprise team is to inspire, support and develop learner potential to ensure students are equipped for the real-life Business world.

We are currently delivering the latest BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise, where the BTEC philosophy of ‘learning through doing’ remains at the heart of these qualifications. Learners are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the business sector as well as the knowledge and skills that underpin it. This allows our learners to gain a practical introduction to life and work as an entrepreneur empowering them to thrive in an ever changing business environment.

Business Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status. Enterprise skills provide learners with a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

1. WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Learners will:

  • Delve deeper into how various businesses work.
  • Appreciate the importance of business planning and understanding the market.
  • Analyse and evaluate the skills they develop.

At the start of the course learners will explore the terms used in business and research how various enterprise sectors work; how they operate and the factors that can influence their success. They will also explore how businesses plan for success and understand the market, customer needs and competitor behaviour. Learners will then have the opportunity to explore what it means to plan, pitch and review a business enterprise idea of their own, develop key skills and discover potential careers. BTEC Tech Award qualifications are practical, work-related courses that allows learners to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The work that learners complete in lessons, as homework, written assignments and their performance in certain situations will be continuously assessed throughout the course. Learners opting for this course will have the opportunity to gain the equivalent of one GCSE.

Course structure

To gain a Tech Award in Enterprise, learners study the following 3 Components:

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

Components 1 and 2 are assessed by means of a coursework portfolio with the last component completed as a synopsis activity, externally assessed by Edexcel. What can I do at the end of the course? The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is valued by employers and can be a route to employment or to a higher level Business Studies programme. If learners decide to go straight into employment, they might obtain a trainee or apprenticeship position. These positions may be available in finance and general administration, sales and marketing, retailing, warehousing and distribution, insurance, general management and personnel administration.

If learners use their BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise to progress on to a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business, possibly followed by a degree, a range of professions and occupations could be open to them. Those who gain higher and professional qualifications in business and business-related subjects, such as accountancy, marketing, personnel and banking, may progress into any number of careers including; accountancy; marketing & sales; purchasing; banking; human resources; retail management; logistics.

2. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 7

Learners are introduction to Business using a bespoke assignment scenario. In this unit learners uncover:

• Why people start their own business.

• Understanding the target market.

• The Marketing Mix.

• Identifying competitors.

• Techniques for a successful business.

3. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 8

Learners strengthen their learning from Year 7, continuing with a bespoke assignment scenario to now uncover:

• Sources of Finance

• Revenue

• Costs

• Cash flows

• Profitability

• Break Even

• Comprehensive Income Statements

• How these are used for a successful business.

4. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9

Introduction to the BTEC course.

Learning assignments linked to objectives for Component 1, 2 and 3 (see these topics below).

5. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 10

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises

• Examine the characteristics of enterprises

• Explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour

• Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

• 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.

6. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 11

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

• 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

• 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.

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