Enterprise

"In 2007, Reggae Reggae sauce was the business idea of entrepreneur, Levi Roots. In 2020, Levi Roots had a net worth of £45 million! Are you the next Levi Roots, or are you out?" 

Studying enterprise develops knowledge and understanding of business, for instance, why people decide to become an entrepreneur, and what skills and characteristics are needed to support an entrepreneur's success. Enterprise allows students to develop financial forecasts, identify break-even points, as well as equipping them with the acumen to implement such knowledge, skills and understanding within their business plan.  

Students who choose to study enterprise communicate with entrepreneurs within our community and discover how their businesses operate, what drives them, what skills and mind-set they have and how they contribute to social, economic, and ethical factors within the local and wider community.

Exploring prominent figures such as Sir Alan Sugar, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Touker Suleyman from BBC's Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice allows students to appreciate the requirements of a new business venture and just how tough competition can be.

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 is the start of the 2 year BTEC voyage. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in examinations set by Edexcel. Click here to see the exam board's website.

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises 

Component 1 is an internally assessed unit that examines knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprise and the skills needed by entrepreneurs, outlined here:

  • examine the characteristics of enterprises
  • explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour  
  • investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise  
  • develop transferable skills, such as research, and data analysis in order to interpret their findings. 

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise 

Component 2 is also an internally assessed unit that involves planning and pitching a micro–enterprise activity to an audience and drawing on feedback to review their business plan.

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise 

Component 3 is an externally assessed unit that explores the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence their targeted market.

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

Students acknowledge that we live in a respectful democracy, where every voice should be heard, where beliefs and opinions of others should not be dismissed (unless they promote extremism). They appreciate there are consequences for failing to demonstrate tolerance and respect for others. Enterprise students are given the freedom to think and express themselves because liberty has seen the likes of Elon Musk (Tesla), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Anita Roddick (The Body Shop) to become the entrepreneurs that they are today.

Enterprise forms an enjoyable and explorative platform to delve into the responsibilities and rules of law we have in society and the importance of these upon building a civilised community. Students develop an awareness of political and social issues affecting businesses; particularly given the current environment, in terms of BREXIT and the COVID pandemic.