KS4 Curriculum Intent


The Business Enterprise curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills and qualities which are essential in the everyday world. It is vital that students develop key concepts that will allow them to manage their personal finances in the future. We feel that it is our responsibility to provide students with opportunities to practice and develop the necessary skills that are required in order to successfully apply for jobs, apprenticeships or college applications.  

In Business Enterprise, our purpose is to deliver a challenging and exciting curriculum through high quality teaching and learning. All students at the end of Key Stage 4 will have developed and learnt a variety of  skills to enable them to achieve and exceed their expected progress in BTEC and prepare them for either apprenticeships or the level 3 Diploma in Business. The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop the knowledge and practical skills which are essential in the new BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise.

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 will have 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 

  • 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 performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about business and how to  be enterprising. Students are assessed by completing two internally marked portfolio’s and one external examination. Students are tested at the end of topics and further intervention is taken place to reduce the gaps in learning. Both portfolios are marked and fed back in accordance to the exam board protocol so that they are ready to be externally verified.

In KS4, students are taught in mixed groups and will therefore have a variety of abilities within each lesson. Consequently, all KS4 lessons will be differentiated to the students needs and this will be clearly identified on the board and it will also be evident as pupils will be using their RAG books to highlight their pathways for that particular lesson. All lessons will focus on pupils developing one or more of the 4 R’s. (Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reciprocity and Reflectiveness). 


How will I be assessed?

There are three forms of assessment which include:

  • an internal portfolio exploring enterprises worth 30% of the overall qualification

  • an internal portfolio planning for and pitching an enterprise activity worth 30% of the overall qualification

  • an examination on promotion and finance in enterprise worth 40% of the overall qualification


What is the name of the examination board?

Pearson Edexcel


KS5 Curriculum Intent

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL: Extended Certificate / Diploma in Business

Business Studies is a KS5 option which is available to all students. However, it is best suited to students whose strengths lie in BTEC Level 2 /GCSE Business Studies and/or Maths and English. The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This qualification is assessed in a variety of ways meaning that students will be able to develop numerous employability skills. There are three main categories:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation 

  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. 


How will I be assessed?

Depending on the course, students will take either 4 units if they study the Extended Certificate. Those students who opt for the Diploma, all 8 units will be completed over the 2 year period. These units are:


Extended Certificate:

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business Internally assessed 

  • Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign Externally assessed

  • Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance Externally assessed

  • Unit 8: Recruitment and selection process Internally assessed



Topics covered during the course in addition to the Extended Certificate units include:

  • Unit 4: Managing an Event Internally assessed

  • Unit 5: International Business Internally assessed

  • Unit 6: Principles of Management Externally assessed

  • Unit 27: Work Experience in Business Internally assessed


What is the name of the examination board?

Pearson Edexcel