Business Studies and Enterprise

Staffing

Faculty Leader – Mr Chilver

Teachers of Business Studies – Mr Chilver, Miss Hogben, Miss Reading and Mr Grantham

KS4 Enterprise

Students study the BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise.  This specification has been chosen to support learners to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing and enterprise idea.  The course is delivered in three components which focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices that are essential for progression 

  1. Exploring Enterprises – students will examine different local enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.  Students explore local businesses in order to put learning into context and raise awareness of the local community and opportunities.  Local businesses are invited into to speak to the students as part of the partnership we have with the Chamber of Commerce.   
  2. Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity – students individually select and idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch.  They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch.  The practical nature of this unit supports the development of interpersonal skills such as organisation, presentation and communication.  This unit of coursework is adapted and informed by the students undertaking the course in order to support the best opportunity for progress and achievement.  It takes into account personal interests and background to support in depth learning 
  3. Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – learners explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market.  Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.

KS4 Retail Business

Students study the WJEC Level 2 Vocational Award in Retail Business.  This specification has been chosen as it focuses on applied learning, i.e. acquiring an applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.  The course is delivered in three components which focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices that are essential for progression 

  1. Customer Experience – this unit focusses on reviewing the quality of the customer experience in a retail organisation 
  2. Retail Business – this unit enables learners to propose business solutions for a range of issues in the retail sector  
  3. Retail Operations – this unit allows learners to apply their knowledge and understanding of retail operations to propose responses to change 

KS5 Business Studies

Students study the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business.  This specification has been chosen to support learners to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to the business sector.  The course is delivered in five units which focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices that are essential for progression 

  1. The business environment, will give learners an understanding of the wider external contexts in which businesses operate and of internal business functions and their interdependencies. The unit will allow them to appreciate how legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints can affect business behaviour and the influence that different stakeholders can have and how businesses must respond.  
  2. Working in business, will give them an understanding of the type of critical skills needed when working in business, such as organisation, prioritisation and effective communication. The unit will allow them to learn how to use different business documents and about organisational protocols that most businesses would expect employees to follow.  
  3. Customers and communication, will allow learners to appreciate how vital customers are to the success of a business. It will give them an understanding of how important it is for businesses to know their customers and what influences customer behaviour. In this unit, they will understand how to communicate with customers.  
  4. Marketing and Market research, will allow learners to gain an in-depth understanding of primary and secondary market research methods used to inform marketing decision-making and any constraints on marketing activities.  Leaders will develop an understanding of the importance of selecting appropriate market research methods for proposals and carry this out, analysing and presenting the findings 
  5. International Business, will explore the key decisions that businesses must make when deciding whether or not to operate internationally.  Learners will have the opportunity to research a business and consider the benefit from operating internationally as well as the challenges it may face.