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Business Studies

Upper School Curriculum – Year 9

In Year 9 Business Studies students at Newfield School study the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Enterprise which is equivalent to one GCSE, grade 9-4.  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.

Students gain skills, knowledge and experience that are excellent preparation for life either on a Level 3 BTEC course, on A-Levels, on a training course leading to future employment, or as preparation to become their own boss.  Regular homework will be expected, such as reading, note making, preparing questions for guest speakers, drafting and redrafting a piece of coursework or preparing for a class discussion.

What will students learn?

Students study three units which are as follows:

Unit 1 - Exploring Enterprises

In this first unit students will:

  • 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.

Unit 2 - Planning for and Running an Enterprise

In the second unit students will:

  • explore ideas, plan and pitch for a micro enterprise activity;
  • operate and review the success of their micro enterprise activity.

Unit 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

As part of Unit 3 students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. They will also 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 the success of an enterprise.

Assessment

You will demonstrate your knowledge through writing reports, giving presentations and producing display materials that would impress any employer or customer.  Assessment is by a mixture of observations, presentations, coursework and role plays.  You will be assessed on your business skills and knowledge and on your communication skills.

The course is assessed by coursework which is set and marked by your teacher for Unit 1 and Unit 2.  Unit 3 will be assessed by online testing and enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts.

Future Opportunities

A BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Enterprise  leads on to further study at A Level in Business or on to a BTEC Level 3, such as 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.  It also gives students an insight into the world of work and attempts to inspire them to become future entrepreneurs.

Upper School Curriculum – Year 10 and Year 11

In Year 10 Business Studies students at Newfield School study BTEC Business Studies Level 2 which is equivalent to one GCSE grade A*-C.  Students gain skills, knowledge and experience that are excellent preparation for life either on a Level 3 BTEC course, on A Levels, on a training course leading to future employment, or as preparation to become your own boss.  Regular homework will be expected, such as reading, note making, preparing questions for guest speakers, drafting and redrafting a piece of coursework or preparing for a class discussion.

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What will students learn?

Students must study a number of units.  These include learning about how the current business environment may impact on a business, how to plan an idea for a new business and prepare a case for a new business start-up. They will also study a unit on financial planning which looks at the costs involved in business, how they make money, and how they can use financial planning to make the business a success.

In addition, there are two optional units linked to understanding marketing and promotion of a product, recruitment and selection of employees or delivering excellent customer service.

Assessment

Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge through writing reports, giving presentations and producing display materials that would impress any employer or customer. Assessment is therefore by a mixture of observations, presentations, coursework and role plays.  They will be assessed on your business skills and knowledge and on your communication skills.

The course is assessed 75% by coursework, set and marked by the class teacher.  The finance unit will be assessed by online testing and is worth 25% of the final grade.  A BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business leads on to further study at A Level in Business or for a BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business.  It also gives students an insight into the world of work and attempts to inspire them to become future entrepreneurs.