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Is it compulsory
YES, as part of the Pathway 3 Curriculum, but is also an option for those in Pathway 2.
All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to help companies grow, and to help businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus, 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. Study of this subject at Key Stage 4 will go well with GCSE study by providing opportunities for practical application alongside business theory. There are also good opportunities for post-16 progression in this sector. The qualification helps learners to develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work examples, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.
This course is designed to offer students an introduction to Business and Enterprise, including project-based learning with a “hands on” element. This course will start to equip students with the knowledge and skills to set up their own business, move into employment or progress onto further study. It also provides opportunities for learners to develop in the following areas: Team working: The qualification gives learners the opportunity to work with others as part of a team. Presentation skills: Learners will learn to present their work to those around them in a suitable way and will also learn the most appropriate way of communicating as an entrepreneur. Using initiative: Learners will learn what initiative is and why it is important for an entrepreneur.
Units 1 and 2 are coursework based, assessed in school and moderated by the exam board.
Unit 3 is an externally assessed examination which will take place in Year 11.