Business curriculum intent

All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

Business Curriculum Intent



What does the Key Stage 4 curriculum look like?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise, is for students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, setting up, running and reviewing an enterprise. The qualification enables students to develop their market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.  

The qualification will broaden students’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them. 

There are three units (components) which students must complete.  

Component 1 - Exploring Enterprises 

Students will examine different local enterprises to develop your knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs. 

Component 2 - Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity 

Students will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. Students will individually pitch your business plan to an audience and then use the feedback to review your plan and pitch. 

Component 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise 

Students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Students will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise to make decisions and recommend strategies for success. 

This is a vocational course, therefore most of the work that students complete during the lessons and at home will be assessed by their teacher. Students will produce a variety of work including written reports and presentations.    The unit Promotion and Finance for Enterprise is externally assessed. This is an exam lasting 2 hours. In this exam, you will use knowledge and skills developed throughout the course to answer questions which focus on different areas of Enterprise. 

How can you support business learning at home?

  • Encourage students to keep up to date with current affairs which will help their topical content knowledge of Business and how it interlinks with governance

  • Encourage wider reading around business studies including use of the revision guide which can be purchased on Parent Pay

  • Discuss learning from business lessons at home to support knowledge retention

Enterprise Key Stage 4 Revision Resources 

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