Learners have the opportunity to work towards an ASDAN in Enterprise (Short Course) or a GCSE in Business Studies.
Students who choose Business as an option study the AQA GCSE specification. There are 2 exam papers (each with a weighting of 50%) which are sat at the end of the course. The course covers 6 topics: Business in the Real World, Influences on business, Business Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Finance. Students also work through projects related to the topics so they can see the application of what they have learnt in the real world.
Student workbooks are provided to help Learners which is relevant to the curriculum. Learners are encouraged to work independently to carry out research required.
GCSE Business Studies prepares you for AS/A2 Levels as well as BTEC and NVQ courses in many different subjects. The students will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team.
SMSC in Business and Enterprise Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Learners develop their ability to understand the importance of social, moral and cultural changes. The different spiritual beliefs of people play a key role in business planning. Learners are made aware that these beliefs need to be considered when bringing out new products and often embed this practice when they are planning their own enterprise product idea. This leads onto the Learners having the chance to work in teams, be creative, use their problem solving skills and adapt products to meet the wants and needs of customers with different beliefs. Learners explore equal opportunities legislation and how it has changed over time. This provides the opportunity for them to form their own opinions and broaden their morals.
Learners will be aware of different cultures and are able to work in group situations to discuss the effects of culture on business today. Learners to learn to discuss how different multinational organisations trade in different cultures and backgrounds. Learners look at the production of goods and the recruitment and retention of staff. They practice role play interviews, which enables them to form their own views and opinions, understand the consequences of their actions and apply this to real life business situations.
Business and Enterprise offers the opportunity to develop personal qualities and social skills, by participating in projects such as Young Enterprise and the National Enterprise Challenge. They interact with the local community and real business people to practice customer service and develop their presentation and social skills. They participate in lots of group work in lessons, as well as practical tasks that relate to real business tasks and software.