Enterprise BTEC

Enterprise BTEC Tech Award Level 2

What will you learn?

All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future.

Enterprise gives students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:

Development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving.

Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise

Attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

These skills will be developed through learning about the different types of business ownership, key attributes for entrepreneurs, external and internal factors that influence businesses, marketing, promotion and finance.

How will you be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring Enterprise - Internal Assessment = 30%

This unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. This is broken down into 3 Learning Aims:

  • A = Examine the characteristics of enterprises.

  • B = Explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour.

  • C = Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.


Component 2: Planning for and Running an Enterprise - Internal Assessement = 30%

This unit builds upon the content of component 1 and gives students a hands on experience of coming up with a business idea and writing a business plan which they will present to the class in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch. This is broken into 3 Learning Aims:

  • A = Explore ideas, plan for a micro-enterprise activity

  • B = Pitch a micro-enterprise activity

  • C = Review own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity


Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise - Exam = 40%

Students will be provided with a case study of a small to medium enterprise (SME), and a series of activities to complete based on Promotion and Finance in this 2 hour external exam.

Where can this subject take you in the future?

Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

Students who choose to study enterprise through to further/higher education can consider careers in a wide number of areas – many of which are very well paid. Popular careers including positions in marketing/public relations, accounting, actuaries, stock broker and human resources/personnel/recruitment and of course Business Studies teacher.