How can the UK return to its entrepreneurial heyday?
We once led the world in innovation and trade, but now lag behind in the business start-up stakes. Our economy relies heavily on new business start-ups emerging and going on to develop into successful organisations; which go on to help the UK trade our way into a prosperous future. For this to happen, we rely on individuals with the will to achieve, who will go on to generate these new ideas and ventures.
So what is being done in schools to foster the entrepreneurial spirit that will lead the way? Taught at BTEC level in years 10 and 11 and now as a mini option in Year 9, Enterprise has provided a successful route to higher education and employment for many students; but more than that, gives an insight into the opportunities out there for young people wanting to work for themselves.
The Enterprise course encourages a real understanding of the economy and what the challenging realities are for small businesses operating within it. The course encourages youngsters to feel that the world of business is open to them.
At Brune Park we are passionate about helping our youngsters build bright futures, and giving them the tools to go fully equipped into the world of further education or employment.
The BTEC Tech Awards have been developed to give learners at Key Stage 4 the opportunity to study vocational areas as part of their curriculum.
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. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 further education progression from this course.
Students might choose to progress to:
This program of study is for learners who wish to acquire skills such as researching, planning, pitching and reviewing a business idea. The qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring their own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.
The qualification consists of three components that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the enterprise sector.
Components 1 (Exploring Enterprises) and 2 (Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity) are assessed through internal assessment – tasks completed in the classroom environment but under exam conditions.
Assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. These components account for 60 per cent of the final grade awarded.
There is one external assessment, Component 3, (Promotion and Finance for Enterprise) which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts.
Component 3 requires learners to analyse and interpret information in relation to an enterprise and to make recommendations on strategies to use to improve the performance of the enterprise. The external assessment is based on a context that requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification in an integrated way. The assessment takes the form of a set task/external assessment taken under supervised conditions, which is then marked and a grade awarded by the exam board. This comprises 40 per cent of the final grade awarded.
The following are all very useful sources for home learning or additional study:
If you need any help and support with your studies in Enterprise, or are interested in finding out more, please come and speak to Mrs Childs or Ms O’Grady.