Whatever career a student of Macmillan Academy has in the future, they will be working in an organisation of some kind. We feel that studying business and enterprise gives all students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and gain useful knowledge and skills in the world of work.
|Mrs E Steel||Head of Department|
|Miss S Baker||Teacher of Business & Enterprise|
|Miss R Dent||Teacher of Business & Enterprise|
|Mrs C Bartell||Teacher of Business & Enterprise|
|Mr D Wilson-Stonestreet||Teacher of Business & Enterprise|
At key stage 4 the majority of students are given the option to follow the Edexcel BTEC or the GCSE programme. Some students will be offered the NCFE option which has a greater balance of assignment work and practical projects.
The courses are taught by specialist teachers of Business Education. The BTEC course accounts for 1 GCSE and includes topics such as customer service, recruitment and selection, finance and the world of business. The finance unit is examined by an external online test. The remainder are examined by coursework.
The GCSE course focuses on small businesses and large businesses. It covers the main business topics of business start-up, marketing, human resources, financial management and economics. It is assessed via two extended-answer examinations at the end of year 11, with both examinations being worth 50%.
The NCFE course is assessed primarily by a portfolio of coursework evidence but there is an examined element that is synoptic across the units. Within the two years of study students will conduct 6 core units which are externally moderated. Students will plan, implement and run their own business to raise funds for the academy’s chosen charity.
Our courses at level 3 include the BTEC Extended Certificate and Diploma in Business. The extended certificate is equivalent to one A level and the diploma is equivalent to two A levels. The choice of specification is based upon our particular expertise in the subjects, what we consider the most appropriate format for examination and coursework and, of course, our perception as to the specification which will give our students the greatest opportunity to gain the best grade possible.
Students will study a range of topics including an introduction to business, personal and business finance, marketing and human resources. Students studying the diploma will also study event management, business decision making and principles of management (both international and domestic).
Students are assessed through a combination of internal assignments, external examinations and external set tasks which involve pre-seen case study material. The extended certificate has 4 units across the 2 years, 2 are internal and there is 1 external exam and 1 external set task. The diploma has 8 units across the 2 years, 5 are internal and there is 1 external exam and 2 external set tasks.
Additionally at level 3 we teach the BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Law. This is also equivalent to one A level. Students will study a range of topics including civil law, criminal law, the English legal system and family law. This course has 4 units across the 2 years, 2 are internal and 2 are external set tasks with pre-release material.
At level 2 we teach the BTEC Extended Certificate in Hospitality. This course is an introduction to the hospitality industry and provides a bridge for students who need an extra year studying at level 2 in post 16 before progressing onto level 3 courses or joining the world of work. This course has two exams which are externally assessed. There are a total of 10 units which will be conducted in one academic year. The course allows students to achieve an equivalent of three GCSE’s in just one year. Students will also conduct Emergency in the Work Place and Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificates, which are recognised by all employers.
Our BTEC courses have been chosen for the following reasons: