Business/Enterprise introduces you to the exciting world of work. It will give you insight into how organisations around you are run, whilst equipping you with the skills to work in them or run your own. It is a constantly evolving subject, which combines excellently with other option choices and is well respected by colleges, employers and universities alike. Studying business combines learning the theory of businesses/organisations, with developing the ability to tackle practical tasks and activities that you would face in the workplace such as writing email/letters, delivering a presentation, delivering excellent customer service and calculating profit. It is a subject brought to life by our business department by having practical links with local real-life businesses to enhance your understanding.
Years 10 & 11
What will I study?
- BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise
You will explore different types of businesses in the local area and discover how they were set up, how they are managed, who they compete with and how they find out what customers want.
You are required to plan and run your own small enterprise in small teams, demonstrating the ability to successfully carry out all the activities required to make a business enterprise a success including Marketing, Finance, Customer Service and Operations.
You will also focus on how businesses can stay financially healthy and what careful planning tools are needed to make a business profitable and to maximise revenue and minimise costs. You will become aware of the need for businesses to use promotion, and the different types of promotional activity/advertising businesses around you can use to target their customers.
What skills will I develop?
- Practical work skills that apply to jobs in the workplace or running your own business
- Financial planning skills
- Team Work
- Communication Skills
- Organisational Skills
- Entrepreneurial skills
- Research skills
- Creativity and Innovation Skills
How will I be assessed?
- 3 Units or study.
- Two Units : Exploring Enterprise and Planning For and Running Enterprise = Coursework (30% each)
- One Unit: Promotion and Finance for Business = Exam (40%)
Key Stage 5
What will I study?
Cambridge Technical Level 3 Business Single Award
This qualification will give learners an opportunity to develop an understanding of the dynamic environment that businesses operate in and the skills, knowledge and understanding required when undertaking many day-to-day roles in a business. Learners cover the fundamental concepts that underpin most business courses including types of businesses and their objectives, how to use financial information, understanding the relationships between stakeholders and assessing business performance. You are required to demonstrate how you would plan and action daily workplace tasks including running meetings, prioritising tasks and communicating in writing with stakeholders. Furthermore, you explore the importance of customers and communication with them and have to practically demonstrate some of the skills required to communicate effectively with customers.
Unit 1: The Business Environment
In this unit you will develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do. You will look at a range of different types of business and business structures, and explore how the ownership of a business and its objectives are interrelated. You will learn about the importance of different functions within a business and how they work together. You will understand the legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints under which a business must operate and how these can affect business behaviour. You will explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment, and the necessity for a business to plan. You will appreciate the influence different stakeholders can have on a business, and you will learn how to assess business performance.
Unit 2: Working in Business
This unit will cover the skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders. The way that these activities are dealt with will vary according to the specific business protocols in place. Some of these will be specific to a functional area; however, many are common to almost all job roles.
Unit 4: Customers and Communication
In this unit you will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. You will develop the skills that will help you create a rapport with customers and have the opportunity to practise and develop your business communication skills.
You will also learn about the legal constraints, ethical and security issues that affect how businesses store, share and use information.
Unit 7: Marketing Campaign
In this unit, you will learn why selecting appropriate marketing methods is crucial for success. You will learn about the marketing mix and the influence of the media as well as other important elements to consider when promoting a product.
By completing this unit, you will understand the importance of digital marketing. You will be able to explore digital marketing methods, including social media and targeted advertising and the role of agencies; for example, advertising and PR agencies.
What skills will I develop?
- Planning and Organisational Skills
- Financial Planning Skills
- Non Verbal and Verbal Communication Skills
- Customer Service
- Organisational and Prioritisation Skills
- Written Communication Skills
How will I be assessed single award?
- Two Exam Units: One in Year 12 – The Business Environment
- One in Year 13 – Working In Business
- Three coursework assessed Units: Customers and Communication, Financial Accounting and Human Resources.
What do I need to study this course?
The entry requirements for this course are 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths and English Language.
Is this course for me?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied economics before. You might have an interest in economics and want to know more about the impact economics has on the world around you. You might want to investigate some of the stories you hear in the news – Why do some economies grow and others don’t? Will the Eurozone survive? Why didn’t economists predict the Global Financial Crisis? This course will help you to understand all this and more.
Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. An economic way of thinking can help you make better choices.
Where will this course take me?
Studying economics will help you develop transferable skills that will prepare you for studying at university or moving into the world of work. These include skills in data interpretation and essay writing. Suitable higher education courses include economics degrees or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics. You might choose to study business economics, econometrics or a business and management degree. Economics students can follow a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, finance and the civil service.
What will I learn?
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
In this theme students will consider how markets work, looking at how supply and demand interact to allocate resources in local, national and international markets. They will learn how to apply supply and demand analysis to real-world situations and be able to offer explanations of consumer behaviour. This will involve looking at both how consumers act in a rational way to maximise utility and how firms maximise profit, but also why consumers may not behave rationally. Having investigated how markets work, students will then look at market failure. They will look at the nature and causes of market failure before considering the strengths and weaknesses of possible government intervention to remedy market failures.
Theme 2: The UK Economy- Performance and Policies
Students will be introduced to the aggregate demand/aggregate supply model so that they can use it to analyse changes in real output and the price level. They will: examine the use of demand-side policies, supply-side policies and direct controls as means of improving an economy's performance; recognise the underlying assumptions; predict the likely impact and effectiveness of such policies; and consider these in an historical context. Students should consider the different approaches that may be used by policymakers to address macroeconomic issues and be able to identify the criteria for success. Students should have knowledge of the UK economy in the last 10 years.
Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
This theme examines how the number and size of market participants, and the level of contestability, affect the pricing and nature of competition among firms. Students will consider the size and growth of firms through exploring organic growth, mergers and takeovers. They will look at the reasons for demergers and why some firms tend to remain small. Students will look at the rational assumption that firms are profit maximisers and then challenge this by looking at alternative business objectives. Revenues, costs and profits are explored before linking these ideas to different market structures. Students will then be able to analyse and evaluate the pricing and output decisions of firms in different contexts and understand the role of competition in business decision making. Supply and demand analysis is specifically applied to the labour market to see how wages are determined in competitive and non-competitive markets. At the end of this theme students should be capable of making an appraisal of government intervention aimed at promoting competitive markets. This theme will provide a coherent coverage of microeconomic content, drawing on local, national and global contexts.
Theme 4: A Global Perspective
Students will be expected to understand the significance of globalisation, international trade, the balance of payments and exchange rates. They will examine public finance, macroeconomic policies and the role of the financial sector in a global context. Students will consider the factors influencing the growth and development of emerging and developing countries. In examining these areas, application, analysis and evaluation of economic models is required as well as an ability to assess policies that might be used to address national and global economic challenges. Students should develop an awareness of trends in the global economy over the last 25 years through wider reading and research so that they can include relevant examples in their analysis and evaluation.
How will I be assessed?
- Paper 1 Short-answer, data response and essay questions on markets and business behaviour – this is the content you study in Theme 1 and Theme 3.
- Paper 2 Short-answer, data response and essay questions on the national and global economy – this is the content you study in Theme 2 and Theme 4.
- Paper 3 The questions in the exam – data response and essay questions – cover concepts and theory from the whole course.