Conisborough College Entrance

Business Studies

The GCSE in Business Studies is a nationally recognised, qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment.

BTEC Award in Enterprise – Level 2

This course is targeted to students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.  This qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills, (such as market research, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios and personal skills, such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving.) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.

Learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, which will complement their GCSEs.

Course Structure & Components:

  • Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises – Internal Controlled Assessment – 30%
  • Component 2 – Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity – Internal Controlled Assessment – 30%
  • Component 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – External Synoptic Paper – 40%

Internal Assessment Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal (controlled assessment)

This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.  The components focus on:

  • the development of core knowledge and understanding, including the range of enterprises and the key features and factors that contribute to an enterprise level of success.
  • the development and application of skills such as analysing research, information, planning and financial forecasting, communicating and problem solving.
  • 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 internal assessment is through assignment that are subject to external standards.
  • Students are expected to complete their work in school as well as at home.

External Synoptic Assessment

Component 3 is an external assessment, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification.  Component 3 (Promotion and Finance for Enterprise) 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 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 a integrated way.  Learners are permitted to resist the external assessment once during their programme by taking a new assessment.

Career Opportunities:

Accountant, Marketer, Stock broker, Public Relations executive , Business Executive, Solicitor, Banker, Sociologist, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Economist, etc. Equips pupils with general business knowledge for any career.

Books, Materials, Visits, Field Courses, Websites
  • Business Review
  • The Economist
  • Edexcel GCSE textbooks on Applied Business.

Group Organisation / Setting:

You must be prepared to work hard, explore new ideas, use ICT in your work and have an interest in business.


  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Museum in Docklands
  • Bank of England
  • Other FTSE 100 companies in the city.

For more information on this or other specific subjects, please contact the relevant Curriculum Lead via email using the Staff List

Paper Copies

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