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
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 or the GCSE programme.

The courses are taught by specialist teachers of Business Education. The BTEC course accounts for 1 GCSE and includes topics such as developing an enterprise idea, planning and pitching the idea and business finance. The finance unit is examined by an external examination. 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%.


Post 16 Business & Enterprise

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:

    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.

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