Teaching Staff

  • Mrs K Lobb (Director of Learning)
  • Mr Longstaff
  • Miss J Thornton

Curriculum Intent for Enterprise

This subject contributes to the whole school curriculum intent by:- 

  • Developing independent learning and research skills through independent completion of coursework 
  • Applying numeracy concepts through teaching business finance and producing financial documents 
  • Exposing students to a wide range of business organisations, expanding their knowledge of the business environment 
  • Developing students' understanding of their contribution to the economy as both consumers and employees and how they can positively contribute to the success of the country’s economy Giving students a comprehension of social and environmental responsibility through teaching business ethics and considering equal opportunities.


Department Information

Business Studies is a well-established and successful department within the academy. In Key Stage 4, the BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise programme is offered to students. In 6th form, students can choose the BTEC National programme, or AS/A2 programmes, meaning that vocational and academic options are available to all students.

The department has a history of success, both academically and in preparing students for life in the workplace. Teachers within the department provide innovative teaching and learning experiences which motivate and inspire students.

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.


Key Stage 3


Year 7

Students will take part in a range of activities looking at the key features of enterprise. Students will be required to work independently and collaboratively carrying out research and taking part in practical activities throughout the term. Students will develop knowledge of the key areas of a business which will be further developed in year 8 and year 9 Enterprise lessons.


Year 8

Students will gain an understanding of key concepts related to two essential functions of a business - promotion and finance. This learning content follows on from the year 7 Enterprise scheme of work and allows students to explore two key business topics in greater detail. Studying promotion and finance enables students to understand the creative side of business by learning about promotional strategies and the more formal side of business by learning about finance. This also gives students exposure to one of the components from the BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise in advance of them taking their options in year 9.


Year 9

In year 9, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the recruitment process within a business and this will also be linked into the personal development of students in introducing them to the process involved when they come to apply for a job. They will also understand the key employability skills that employers are seeking and give them opportunities to self-reflect on their future education and career plans. Students will be exposed to a wide range of business/career opportunities to broaden their horizons of the world of work and raise their aspirations.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Features of a business:-

  • Difference between products and services
  • Size and scope of business
  • Types of ownership/legal structure
  • Choosing a business location
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Looking for a gap in the market
  • Stakeholders
  • Functional areas of a business
  • Ecommerce and technology
  • Importance of customer service
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Legal requirements
  • Financial and non financial motivation for employees


  • What is promotion?
  • Marketing Mix: Product
  • Marketing Mix: Price
  • Marketing Mix: Place
  • Marketing Mix: Promotion
  • Market segmentation


  • Sources of finance and business costs
  • Calculating profit/loss
  • Break even analysis
  • Cash flow forecast

Recruitment, Selection and Employment:-

  • Organisational structures
  • Functional areas of a business
  • Job roles and responsibilities
  • Reasons for recruitment
  • Methods of recruitment


Recruitment, Selection and Employment:-

  • Job description and person specification
  • Application form, CV and covering letter
  • Preparing for a job interview
  • Personal employability skills audit
  • Career development - information and advice, career plan