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Overview of the Subject

Through studying Enterprise, students will acquire the skills in a vocational context by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, setting up, running and reviewing an enterprise. Learners will develop their technical skills such as market research, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic scenarios. Students will also develop their presentational skills in addition to problem solving and time management. All of these skills developed and used through this course are transferrable across all subjects and prepares them for the real world.



The Enterprise course has been designed to follow a scheme of work which provides students with a basic understanding of how enterprises work and develop the skills and attributes which is required by entrepreneurs. The course content includes:


Course Content

Assessment Method

Unit 1: Exploring Enterprises

  1. Examine the characteristics of Enterprises
  2. Explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour
  3. Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise

Internally Assessed

Weighting: 30%


Unit 2: Planning for and Running an Enterprise    

  1. Explore ideas, plan and pitch for a micro enterprise activity
  1. Operate and review the success of a micro enterprise activity


Internally Assessed

Weighting: 30%


Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records
  2. Interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise
  3. Make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise
  4. Be able to advise and provide recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance

Externally Assessed

Weighting: 40%

2 hours exam


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 learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to

move on to higher education by studying a degree in the Business sector.


Exam board: Pearson Edexcel



BTEC Level 3 National: Extended Certificate in Business

Business Studies is a KS5 option which is available to all students. However, it is best suited to students whose strengths lie in BTEC Level 2 /GCSE Business Studies and/or Maths and English. Students will develop a range of Practical, Presentational, Personal, Interpersonal and Cognitive skills which will prepare students for further education or future employment.


Topics covered during the course include:

Unit 1: Exploring Business

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance

Unit 8: Recruitment and selection process


Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel


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