Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Why study Enterprise and Entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurs are essential to our society because they build the economic engines that help our economy grow. They foster technological and social change, and their innovation and creativity forge our future.  Through a combination of class work and enterprise projects students can learn and practice entrepreneurship in a real environment. Students will receive a thorough and practical understanding of the issues involved in both starting a business and fostering innovation in a corporate setting allowing them to progress into the business world or into higher education.

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the enterprise sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level.

A BTEC National Extended Certificate is an academic, practical and vocational course where you will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities in addition to a number of externally set tasks and exams.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?
The content of this qualification has been developed to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the enterprise sector.

When studied with other Level 3 qualifications learners can progress into higher education on combined courses. Learners could also progress to Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as business administration, marketing, accounting, sales or enterprise. The qualification will also give learners the skills to enter the self-employed market.

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleEnterprise and Entrepreneurship – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Examination BoardPearson BTEC
Linear Qualification?No
Course Webpagehttp://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/enterprise-2016.html
Entry RequirementsGrade 4 in English language or English literature
Contact TeachersMrs J McHarg   jmcharg@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Course Details:

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Subject Content:

The course is made up of 4 units (or subjects) which cover the broad range of the enterprise sector. Two of the units are assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of evidence. This evidence is generated through written assignments, presentations or practical demonstrations. Two of the units are assessed externally through an exam and set tasks.

Unit One Enterprise and entrepreneurship

In this unit, you will gain an overview of the importance of both enterprise and entrepreneurs to the local and national economy. You will explore their creativity and mindset as you look at real-life enterprise and entrepreneurs, and investigate the skills required to be successful. You will also look at the risks, opportunities and constraints faced by entrepreneurs in setting up their venture, assess the feasibility of a range of potential enterprise opportunities and then develop and present one idea for a local enterprise.

Unit Two Developing a Marketing Campaign

Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. You will explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign and develop your own campaign for a given product/service.

Unit Three: Business and Personal Finance

This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.

This unit will help you to analyse profitability, liquidity and business efficiency. It will give you the knowledge and understanding to manage your personal finances and will give you a background to business finance and accounting as you progress to employment or further training.

Unit Eight Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in practice

In this unit, you will explore the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. You will also investigate the strategies employed by enterprises to develop and use entrepreneurial skills in their own workforce. This will involve you undertaking research on local enterprises which could involve activities such as formal or informal work experience, interviewing local business owners/managers or visiting local enterprises to investigate their structure and workplace practices.

Course Assessment

Year 1                                                                                         Year 2

Unit Two: Developing a Marketing Campaign

Unit Three: Business and Personal finance

Mandatory unit with an external examination in June of year 1

Mandatory unit: A piece of coursework written and assessed internally, verified by Pearson

Unit One: Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Unit Eight: Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in practice

Mandatory unit: A Task set and marked by Pearson in January year 2

Optional unit:  A piece of coursework written and assessed internally