Business and enterprise

We want our students to develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively, to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems.

A sound understanding of business concepts will help students develop as effective, independent critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Using an enquiring, critical approach will empower students to make informed judgments, understand and play an active role in the business world that surrounds them.

Business at Rye Hills Academy is an immersive experience, exposing students to fundamentals such as marketing, human resources, financial management, economic impact, enterprise skills and spotting a business opportunity. Students undertaking this subject will have a flair for business and have ideas on how to develop a product or service over time. Students will develop their knowledge of key concepts as well as local, national and international businesses and how to apply, analyse and evaluate using their literacy skills to read and deduct from given evidence, as well as developing good research and data gathering skills of their own. Students will also develop their use of equations and numeracy skills to gain a deep understanding of business finances.

As well as following the curriculum, students will be encouraged to read for pleasure, experiencing a diverse range of literature as a platform for exploring new ideas, developing critical thinking skills and learning more about the world around them.

Students enjoy business because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high. We live in a corporate world and the markets operate around us constantly. Because of this, business is a universal subject. There are few, if any, careers for which an understanding of business would not be of some benefit and 1.44 million new business applications were submitted in 2021. We have devised our business curriculum with this in mind, students acquire a grounding towards knowledge, skills and understanding that they would need if embarking upon their own business journey.

This qualification is designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and project-based element. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to pursue a career in the business and enterprise sector or progress to further study.

The NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise complements GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14–16 year olds studying Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in the business and enterprise industry sector. This qualification is designed to match the rigour and challenge of GCSE study. The qualification is graded at Level 1 Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* and Level 2 Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* (equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5–1).

Curriculum information







Understand entrepreneurial characteristics and business aims and objectives 

Legal structures, organisational structures and stakeholder engagement 


Understand the marketing mix, market research, market types and orientation types 

Understand operations management 

Understand internal and external influences on business 

Understand research, resource planning and growth for business 


Understand human resource requirements for a business start-up 

Understand sources of enterprise funding and business finance 

Understand business and enterprise planning. 


‚ÄčLearning Outcome 1: Understand research, resource planning, growth and development for business and enterprise: 

  • Business research   
  • Areas of research  
  • Resource planning   
  • Physical resources   
  • Technological resources  
  • Business growth  
  • Internal growth  
  • External growth 

Learning Outcome 2: Understanding human resource requirements for a business start-up: 

  • Human resources   
  • Methods of recruitment 
  • What is the purpose of a contract of employment?  
  • Who does it protect?   
  • Staff development 

Learning Outcome 3: Understand sources of enterprise funding and business finance: 

  • Business and enterprise funding  
  • Funding types  
  • Business and enterprise finance   
  • Financial concepts and calculations   
  • Financial Documents  

Learning Outcome 4: Understand business planning 


Business and enterprise has helped me see the world from a fresh perspective and understand what an entrepreneur is and identify what motivates them.
Year 11 student
It has been interesting learning what it means to be an entrepreneur and how businesses are organised.
Year 11 student