Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Business and Enterprise

Head of subject: Mrs S Sutton

Introduction

Welcome to Business and Skills Department. The world of Business and Enterprise is fast-paced and demanding. Here at Ormiston NEW Academy, we endeavour to develop a vast range of transferable skills with our Learners, so that they not only leave to be employable citizens, but also active individuals; able to question and make changes in the wider world around them. This faculty is staffed by well-qualified, enthusiastic individuals, keen to equip Learners with not only principle business knowledge, but also the vital thinking skills that will help them to become key business movers and shakers in the future.

Key stage 4

Introduction

Students can choose between a Business Pathway or an Enterprise Pathway. Courses presently offered include:

  • Edexcel BTEC in Workskills
  • BTEC Level 2 in Business

All programmes help to prepare students for employment or for further study at Post 16.

  • Qualifications: BTEC Level 2 in Business
  • QAN Code: 600/6815/2
  • Examining body: Edexcel

What you will study

This course will provide you with underpinning knowledge of the different types of business organisations and the activities carried out by them.

It is particularly suitable if you are interested in gaining knowledge and understanding of a range of business areas to include: Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Organisational Structure.

Your course

You will study a range of modules, including:

  • Enterprise in the Business World
  • Finance of Business
  • Promoting a Brand
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Sales and Personal Selling
  • Introducing Retail Business
  • Providing Business Support
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment

The BTEC qualifications in business subjects should encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The BTECs should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The BTEC qualifications in business subjects enable students to

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

The course consists of the following units

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business.

Unit Core Units Assessment GLH
1 Enterprise in the Business World Internal 30
2 Finance for Business External 30
Optional Specialist
3 Promoting a Brand Internal 30
4 Principles of Customer Service Internal 30
5 Sales and Personal Selling Internal 30
6 Introducing Retail Business Internal 30
7 Providing Business Support Internal 30
8 Recruitment, Selection and Employment Internal 30

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed through coursework which is worth  75% of the final THE BTEC grade and through one Examination worth 25% of the final THE BTEC grade.

What you might study after this

Progression on from this course includes moving on to study AS/A Level Business or Applied Business or other L3 studies, such as BTEC National Introductory Diploma.

Possible Careers

Business management, Human Resource Officers, Marketing etc.

Extra-curricular Activities

Our Learners participate in many additional activities that encourage them to develop confidence, as well as vital experiences that will help to open doors to future opportunities.

Events that students have participated in recently include:

  • Christmas Fair
  • Careers Academy
  • Charity Fund-raising activities

For more information about this subject please contact Mrs S Sutton.

Enterprise

Year groups taught: Year 9 to Year 11

Why is this subject important?

The Edexcel Workskills provides the students with the essential employability skills for success on other future courses and during their working life, coupled with an accredited qualification at either level 1 or 2 where appropriate.

  • Pathway: W
  • Qualifications: Workskills
  • QAN Code: 601/0690/6   601/0688/8
  • Examining body: Edexcel

What you will study

This qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting activities by promoting and recording a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as developing important employability skills that all employers are looking for. This allows opportunities to include activities both inside and outside of school.

Examples of possible units are:

  • Managing your own money
  • Searching and applying for a job
  • Preparing for an interview and interview skills
  • Career progression
  • Working in a team
  • Investigating rights and responsibilities at work
  • Planning and running an enterprise activity
  • Producing a product

Each of the bullet points listed above can be located across the following subsections:

  • Getting organised
  • Understanding the Market
  • Customers and Competitors
  • Presenting data effectively
  • Costing implications
  • Reflection and review
  • Sourcing work

Year 9 to Year 11

All of the above units are undertaken by the students; however the ordering of the units is dependent on the interest of the group providing some flexibility of delivery. Depending on how many units a student completes will determine whether they achieve a BTEC level 2 Award, Certificate or Extended Certificate.

Students are assessed by

The assessment tool for this qualification is portfolio building.

What might students study after this?

The Edexcel Workskills provides the students with the essential employability skills for success on other future courses and during their working life

Extracurricular Activities

Our Learners participate in many additional activities that encourage them to develop confidence, as well as vital experiences that will help to open doors to future opportunities. Events that students have participated in recently include:

  • Christmas Fair
  • Careers Academy
  • Charity Fund-raising activities

For more information contact

Mrs S Sutton.

See also

Useful links

If you would like further information about the courses being offered at the academy, then please feel free to contact one of the Business and Enterprise team, or alternatively follow the links below to find details of the course specifications on the exam board websites. These links can also provide you with access to past examination papers that you can use to aid your child in their revision.