Business and Enterprise


The business and enterprise department is housed in five classrooms, all of which provide a welcoming environment for students. 

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.


Department Staff


Name Position
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


Syllabus - Key Stage 4


At key stage 4 the majority of students are given the option to follow the Edexcel BTEC orthe 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, branding, 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 a multiple choice exam at the end of Year 11 (worth 25%), a piece of controlled assessment at the start of Year 11 (worth 25%) and an extended answer examination also at the end of Year 11 (worth 50%).

The NCFE course is entirely coursework evidence based. Within the two years of study students will conduct 4 core units which are externally moderated. Students will plan, implement and run their own business to raise funds for the academy’s chosen charity.

 


Syllabus - Post 16


We teach BTEC Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma in Business.

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.


Post 16 Business & Enterprise


Our courses at level 3 include the BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Business. The diploma is equivalent to two A levels and the extended diploma is equivalent to three 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, human resources, event management, business decision making and principles of management (both international and domestic).  Students studying the extended diploma will also study aspects of law.
Students are assessed through a combination of internal assignments, external examinations and external tasks which involve pre-seen case study material.  The diploma has 8 units across the 2 years, 5 are internal and there is 1 external exam and 2 external tasks.  The extended diploma has 13 units across the 2 years and has 9 internal assignments, 1 external exam and 3 external tasks. 

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 9 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:

  • There is a clear follow-on from the GCSE; though this is not essential.
  • They are taught in small parts, called units, and are a balanced combination of coursework, examinations and tasks (that are completed in controlled conditions).
  • 62% of large companies have recruited people with BTEC qualifications.
  • The percentage of students entering university with BTEC qualifications is rising.
  • 4 out of 5 BTEC students now consider their BTEC studies as an important step towards their desired job.



Exam Specifications


Exam Specification
GCSE EdExcel
BTEC EdExcel


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