Our intent is to inspire our students to act and think like entrepreneurs, business owners and business executives. We build their competence through a mix of business theory and practical activities that assists them to build this mindset and practical business skills.
In particular our students will:
- learn what makes a successful entrepreneur by researching successful companies and their founders and owners
- study market research and how this assists enterprises grow and flourish
- learn how to assess the internal and external factors that impact on businesses
- develop a business plan
- pitch their business plan for investor funding
- implement the business plan for a micro-enterprise activity and trade for a specified period
- learn the basics for business marketing
- learn the basics of business finance
What is Enterprise?
Enterprise is a set of attitudes, behaviours and skills. Put simply, enterprise is the willingness of an individual or organisation to:
- take risks and control risk factors
- show initiative and 'make things happen'
- start a new venture or inject new life and drive into existing initiatives.
Why do we study Enterprise?
These enterprising attitudes, behaviours and skills are in high demand in the business world. Enterprise is an important part of the business sector and plays a major role in the UK’s global economic status. The role of entrepreneurs is to help create wealth for the nation and its citizens through the creation of enterprises that innovate and grow the economy. You may decide that running your own business is exactly what you want to do, however if you don’t, the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying Enterprise are in high demand from employers. Enterprise assists in developing life skills, attitudes and behaviours.
What do we study?
Students will explore enterprises through learning about entrepreneurial skills and characteristics, aims and activities of an enterprise, market research and carry out situational analysis to examine internal and external factors that may affect enterprises. Students develop skills to be able to write a business plan and run a micro enterprise. Students will learn about marketing that is used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market, how to complete financial documents and statements and explore how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.
To view a full summary of our KS4 Enterprise curriculum please click here.
To view information about BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the Green School Sixth Form please click here.
How do we study Enterprise?
Enterprise is studied through learning theoretical concepts, applying acquired knowledge to case studies and researching real life scenarios. We focus on core skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as developing digital literacy using G-Suite and PCs.
Presentation of Work
Students will complete work in exercise books and using G-Suite. Whichever platform or medium we are working on, students are expected to take pride in their work at all times and review their own learning.
Students are given Enterprise home learning on a weekly basis. Home learning tasks are designed to support knowledge acquisition through a combination of consolidation questions, research tasks and evaluation practice.
Co - curricular activities
The Tycoon Enterprise Competition is a unique national enterprise competition for students aged 6 to 18. Every participating team writes a business plan, is lent money, starts a business and trades, and competes with other student companies.
The Tycoon Enterprise Competition is offered to year 7 and 8 as part of their enrichment lesson, and year 10 Enterprise students participate in the competition to enhance their assessed work.
In addition we participate in targeted enrichment activities with multinational organisations such as Sky and Accenture.
How parents/carers can support their children
You can further assist your son by ensuring that they have access to our Google classroom from home and supporting their interest in Enterprise by watching Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.
It is also really important to be aware of current events that are affecting the business sector and the economy - you can do this by regularly listening to the BBC News on the radio or a smart speaker, downloading the BBC News app and reading the business and UK economy pages, and regularly reading the business pages in a newspaper.
- BBC bitesize pages
- No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
- Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham
- Elon Musk: A Biography of an Entrepreneur by Joseph Greene
- Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success by Steven Bartlett
- The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
- 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand out From The Crowd by Allan Dib
Formative assessment will take place in lessons through discussion and questioning. Teachers feedforward with verbal comments on how to improve on skills.
Students are formally assessed through non-exam internal assessments (60%) and external examination (40%).
There are two non-exam internal assessments set by Pearson, marked by the class teacher and moderated by Pearson. Each Pearson-set Assignment will be completed in approximately 6 hours of monitored preparation and 5 hours of supervised assessment. The first assessment is completed in February of year 10. The second assessment is completed in October of year 11.
The external assessment set and marked by Pearson, completed under supervised conditions. The assessment will be completed in 2 hours within the period timetabled by Pearson in May of year 11.
Careers Leading on from Enterprise
A BTEC in Enterprise Level 2 will prepare you to enter into the world of work, business and self employment in any industry or sector of the economy.
The BTEC level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE standard and will fulfil entry requirements to study Business or Enterprise at level 3 (Sixth Form study).
To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.