Business 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. Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this sector.

Curriculum Intention:

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:

  1. Development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification. The components are strongly interrelated and they are best seen as part of an integrated whole rather than totally distinct study areas.

Throughout the curriculum, a process of self-testing and re-testing is used to aid the development of long term memory and mastery of both the skills and the knowledge required.

Curriculum is structured to allow students to see, understand, revisit and explore the underpinning ideas from the subject.

The curriculum is ambitious for all students and everyone can achieve, whether DA, SEND or EAL.

We ensure we consistently follow our ARR handbook by testing through two frequent processes: formative and summative. Students will complete low stake and high stake tests to ensure knowledge of key concepts are being embedded and fully understood. DIRT time will be allocated to allow students to be able to reflect on PEN comments and work on their areas of weakness.

These areas will be assessed through the following Assessment Objectives:

Learning aim A: Students should be able to confidently examine the characteristics of enterprises

Learning aim B: Students should have a clear understanding of how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour

Learning aim C: Students should be aware of the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise


St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of student progress.

Progress in:

  1. The development of core knowledge and understanding, including the range of enterprises and the key features and factors that contribute to an enterprise’s level of success.
  2. The development and application of skills such as analysing research, information, planning and financial forecasting, communicating and problem solving.
  3. Reflective practice through pitching an idea for an enterprise activity that allows learners to reflect on their own communication skills and the viability of their enterprise activity following feedback.

Course Information

GCSE Course Information



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