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Qualification Name

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise

Exam Board

Pearson Edexcel BTEC.

Type (e.g. GCSE/BTEC Certificate)

BTEC Tech Award (GCSE level)

Level (1,2 or both)

1 and 2

GLH (Guided Learning Hours)

120

Overview

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise has been designed to help 14-16-year-old learners develop their knowledge through practical, skills-based learning.

Assessment is through task-based assignments so learners can demonstrate their knowledge and skills in work-related scenarios.

  • Learners will explore, develop and apply their knowledge helping to develop key transferable skills such as research and data analysis to support their progression to further learning and the workplace.
  • The flexible approach to the content of each component means the Enterprise department can deliver the course in a way that best suits our students.
  • This highly motivating, creative approach to teaching Enterprise will encourage the students to explore the world of business and what makes or breaks an enterprise.

There may be opportunities outside of lessons:

  • to visit small local businesses
  • to have entrepreneurs visit lessons and discuss aspects of their business
  • to conduct business research
  • to run a small enterprise and even to enter a competition like Tycoon

Course Content Outline

(What will I study?)

Component 1 – Exploring Enterprise (internally assessed)

This component allows learners to examine different enterprises, to develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs. They will explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs, understand competitor behaviour and investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

During Component 1, learners 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
  • develop transferable skills, such as research, and data analysis in order to interpret their findings

Component 2 –Planning for an Enterprise (internally assessed)

In this unit, learners develop, plan and pitch a business idea, in the form of a business plan, a presentation and finally a review of their work.

During Component 2, learners will:

  • explore ideas and plan for a micro-enterprise activity
  • pitch a micro-enterprise activity
  • review their own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity
  • develop their planning and research, presentation, communication and self-reflection skills

Component 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Externally assessed)

Students will be provided with a case study of a small to medium enterprise and then complete a series of activities. They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records, interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise, make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise and advise and provide recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance.

During Component 3, learners will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records
  • interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise
  • make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise
  • advise and make recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:

  • development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving
  • the knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise
  • attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on the performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

Success Criteria

(How will I be assessed?)

The course consists of three components: two internally assessed and one that is externally assessed.

The assessment structure is designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their understanding.

This allows students to highlight and illustrate their knowledge in written format and showcasing these skills by presenting their business research.

Component 1 Exploring Enterprises

Learners will investigate two real but different small to medium enterprises. (SMEs)

  • internally assessed assignments
  • 30% of the total course

Component 2 Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity

Learners will individually produce a plan for a micro-enterprise. They will then carry out a pitch of their developed plan and finally review feedback.

  • Internally assessed assignments
  • 30% of the total course

Component 3 Develop Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

The external component builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will be provided with a case study of a small to medium enterprise (SME), and a series of activities to complete.

  • externally assessed task
  • 40% of the total course

Staff

Mr M Rabbett. Head of Department for Enterprise

Succession Paths Post-16

(What can I do with this qualification?)

Apprenticeships in business, finance, administration, marketing, accountancy or business management. Progression to Level 3 study. Going into full-time employment or setting up their own business.

Exam Specification

Enterprise KS4 BTEC Tech Award (GCSE level)

Exam Specification