Business & Enterprise

Curriculum Intent

The business and enterprise department endeavour to provide students with a world class curriculum, enabling them to develop the knowledge and skills required to respond positively to financial and economic developments in a 21st century society.

We strive in our delivery of a coherent and purposeful computing curriculum, designed to appeal to both boys and girls, balancing key theoretical and practical concepts that are apt for the global business environment. Through quality first teaching, students acquire deep understanding through exposure to a spiral curriculum where key concepts are revisited in subsequent years with the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills previously developed.

Students benefit from a culturally capital-rich curriculum, that provides them with opportunities to apply and develop their entrepreneurial competencies to a variety of contexts and enrichment activities. We endeavour to equip students with the essential knowledge and transferable skills to enhance their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.

KS4

Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

This vocational qualification provides a high-quality alternative pathway to GCSE, no prior knowledge is required from Key Stage 3. Knowledge and skills will be assessed through external examination and internal non-examined assessment. Students will enhance their learning beyond the classroom through engagement with universities, employers and industry specialists to make sure they acquire the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century.

The Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing will develop student’s applied knowledge and practical skills in enterprise and marketing. Students will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit R064: Enterprise and marketing concepts
  • Unit R065: Design a business proposal
  • Unit R066: Market and pitch a business proposal

R064 underpins the wider learning in this qualification. Students will develop essential knowledge and understanding of enterprise and marketing concepts, which can be applied to the other units within the qualification.

In R065 students will develop the skills to design a business proposal to meet a specific business challenge. They will identify a customer profile for a specific product, complete market research to generate product design ideas, and use financial calculations to propose a pricing strategy and determine the viability of their product proposal.

In R066, students will develop the skills to create a brand identity and promotional plan for their specific business product proposal developed in the second topic. They will develop pitching skills in order to pitch their business proposal to an external audience. Finally, they will review their pitching skills and business proposal using their learning, self-assessment and feedback gathered. The knowledge and skills developed by completing this topic will be transferable to further, related learning in areas such as enterprise, marketing or business.

We challenge all students, including our more able learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

KS5

A Level Business

A Level Business provides students with the opportunity to discover why businesses exist, how they are set up and strategic decision making. Through expert teaching, we demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of key contemporary developments that are relevant in today’s society, such as digital technology, business ethics, and globalisation.

The topics and assessment material lend themselves for students to examine and think critically about different contexts in the real business world. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions, essential skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Although not an entry requirement, this course is particularly suitable for students who have studied the OCR Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing as this qualification builds on the concepts and skills they have already learnt.

London Institute of Banking and Finance: Certificate / Diploma in Financial Studies

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) encourages students to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life. In year two, student progress on to the Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) and explore in-depth important concepts of financial education and how to apply them in achieving longer-term financial stability. The DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge students gained when completing the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS). It extends these to include areas such as sustainability in the wider financial services system, and the long-term effect of debt. Students will develop their core skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and evaluation.

The CeFS and DipFS can further develop a greater understanding of financial planning, to support entry to university on finance and banking courses and a wide range of other disciplines. It also supports progression to a wide range of entry level occupations within finance, ensuring that students understand the sector and a have range of transferrable skills and knowledge.

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum offerings are expertly taught by subject specialists, many of whom have industry experience. Students across Key Stage 4 and 5 make use of Microsoft Teams to access both class and home learning materials. Students can access Office365 remotely and install on their own personal digital device a range of Microsoft software applications. Furthermore, all students are welcome to use the computers in our top -floor learning centre, to support in their learning and enrichment.

Class teachers actively encourage students to take ownership of their learning, and provide students at Key Stage 4 and 5 with a student learner pack, consisting of a knowledge organisers and revision materials. Through the pre-teaching of subject specific vocabulary, we promote high standards of oracy, and ask students to make use of their curriculum ‘learning journey’ to articulate links to prior and future learning. We work closely with the SEND and EAL department to embed student-specific interventions to ensure all students can access an inclusive curriculum. Students have the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurship through participation in both local and national initiatives, such as the Young Enterprise challenge.

End of Course Assessment

Key Stage 4 Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise and Marketing

Unit R064 Enterprise and marketing concepts (Mandatory)

  • 60GLH
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 80 marks / worth 50% of final qualification grade.
  • OCR set and marked

Unit R065: Design a business proposal (Mandatory)

  • 30 GLH
  • 60 marks / worth 25% of final qualification grade.
  • Centre-assessed and OCR moderated

Unit R066: Market and pitch a business proposal (Mandatory)

  • Any other two units
  • 30 GLH
  • 60 marks / worth 25% of final qualification grade.
  • Centre-assessed and OCR moderated

All results are awarded on the following scale:

  • Distinction* at Level 2
  • Distinction at Level 2
  • Merit at Level 2
  • Pass at Level 2
  • Distinction at Level 1
  • Merit at Level 1
  • Pass at Level 1

Key Stage 5 AQA A Level Business

This is a linear qualification, where all examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. Exam papers will use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course. Final assessment will measure how well students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues
  • AO3: Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences
  • AO4: Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.

Paper 1: Component 1

  • 100 marks / 33.3% of final qualification grade
  • 2 hours
  • AQA set and marked

Paper 2: Component 2

  • 100 marks / 33.3% of final qualification grade
  • 2 hours
  • AQA set and marked

Paper 3: Component 3

  • 100 marks / 33.3% of final qualification grade
  • 2 hours
  • AQA set and marked

The overall qualification will be graded A*, A, B, C, D, E.

Key Stage 5 LIBF Certificate / Diploma in Financial Studies

The written paper for each unit synoptically assesses the students’ ability to integrate the skills, concepts and knowledge from the unit. Unit 4 builds upon Unit 3, both of which build upon Unit 1 and Unit 2 of the Certificate. The content of Unit 4 has been designed to combine concepts, skills, techniques and factual content from across the units in order to enable students to demonstrate an integrated understanding of concepts, theories, and knowledge.

Unit 01: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term (Mandatory)

  • Part A multiple choice questions
  • Part B written paper (Case study / non-case study questions)
  • 100 marks
  • LIBF set and marked

Unit 02: Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term (Mandatory)

  • Part A multiple choice questions
  • Part B written paper (Case study / non-case study questions)
  • 100 marks
  • LIBF set and marked

Unit 03: Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances (Mandatory)

  • Part A multiple choice questions
  • Part B written paper (Case study / non-case study questions)
  • 100 marks
  • LIBF set and marked

Unit 04: Sustainability of the Financial Services System (Mandatory)

  • Part A multiple choice questions
  • Part B written paper (Case study / non-case study questions)
  • 100 marks
  • LIBF set and marked

The overall qualification will be graded A*, A, B, C, D, E. To achieve a pass, students must achieve a mark of 40% of the UMS in all four units.

Career Links

           

St Thomas More has its very own dedicated careers team.  To find out more about careers at St Thomas More, please click here. 

Tips and Advice

Please find below a selection of web-based resources to support students in their learning:

Business Weekly

BBC Bitesize

Financial Times

National Careers (Business & Finance)

Young Enterprise

SENECA

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tutor2u A-Level Revision Blast Videos

Further Information

Key Stage 4: OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise and Marketing

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/enterprise-and-marketing-level-1-and-2-certificate-j819/

Key Stage 5: London Institute of Banking and Finance Certificate / Diploma in Financial Studies

https://www.libf.ac.uk/study/financial-education/qualifications/certificate-in-financial-studies-(cefs)

https://www.libf.ac.uk/study/financial-education/qualifications/diploma-in-financial-studies-(dipfs)

Subject Leader Information

For more information or if you have any questions, please use the contact details below.

Mr A. Growcott – Subject Leader – agrowcott@stmca.org.uk

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