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Enterprise at Key Stage 3 is a crucial part of our Personal Development Curriculum.

In these lessons digital literacy is developed through a project-based approach, with a clear focus on the Ofsted Personal Development criteria. Ensuring that our students become work ready and employable are key priorities for the academy.  We work with local businesses to provide a programme of study that is relevant to our students. We have developed an innovative Programme of Study which enhances students’ understanding of business and IT concepts, whilst using the Gatsby benchmarks to anchor the Careers elements of the course. Our use of the Start Profile within these lessons shows ‘excellence in embedding careers-related learning across the curriculum’ (Quality in Careers Report 2021).   

Key Stage 4  

Business Studies GCSE and the Enterprise and IT vocational courses at Key Stage 4 offer learners a defined progression route into higher education or employment, building high level skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills. We focus upon developing students’ independent research and study skills within a challenging curriculum.

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Acting subject leaders

  • Miss J Akhtar & Mrs Woods

Assistant Programme Leader Enterprise

  • Mrs Hannah Woods

Subject Teachers

  • Mr O Murtagh

Business Qualifications: Business BTEC Level 3

We offer two courses; option one is the ‘Extended Certificate’, option two is the ‘diploma’. The Extended Certificate is four units (3 mandatory, 1 optional) studied over two years, and is equivalent to 1 A Level, the Diploma is six units (4 mandatory, 2 optional) over two years and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

The course covers a wide range of content including the ever-changing current economic climate as well as tackling the traditional areas studied in Business Studies, such as;

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing a Business event (Diploma only)
  • International Business (Diploma only)
  • Principles of Management (Diploma only)

On top of these units, students will also can participate in, Work Experience, gaining valuable experience in a real-life work place. This opportunity can be assessed as part of the study programme. Students will also be offered comprehensive support in applying for apprenticeships, university and job applications and, as in the case of the work experience module, can be assessed as part of the study programme, contributing to the student’s overall grade.

 It is also worth noting that this new course is assessed differently to previous BTEC qualifications. It involves both written coursework, controlled assessments and a written exam. For further information on the course, speak with a member of the Faculty.

Business Qualifications: GCSE Business Studies

We offer GCSE Business Studies to years 10 and 11. During Year 10 students will study Unit 1: Starting a small business. This unit teaches pupils the rigors of starting a new business including all relevant legal aspects. It also helps the students to understand the vast amount of planning required when starting a business. We also allow the students to develop a marketing campaign that would be relevant to a small business. The pupils would then complete unit 2 of the course entitled: An investigation into small businesses. This would require the students to carry out market research on a small local business of their choice, based around a topic area.

In Year 11 the students will undertake unit 3: Building a business. Where students are taught how to build a successful business, through expansion and growth on a larger scale than the businesses studied in unit 1.

Business Qualifications: BTEC Business Tech Award

The Award gives learners 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, and pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:

  • Development of key skills
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skill
  • Attitudes and ways of working

The course has elements of internal and external assessment and is graded from Level 1 Pass through to Level 2 Distinction*.

Business Qualifications: BTEC Digital Information Technology Tech Award

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in digital information technology
  • Effective ways of working in digital information technology,
  • Personal management and communication

The course has elements of internal and external assessment and is graded from Level 1 Pass through to Level 2 Distinction*.

Business Qualifications: KS5 OCR Cambridge Technical in IT – Introductory Diploma

These qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and Cyber Security. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with industry experts the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

Units of work:

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

Unit 2 – Global Information

Unit 6 – Application Design

Unit 13: Social Media Marketing Campaign

Unit 17: The Internet of Everything

Course Website: OCR Cambridge Technical in IT

Business Qualifications: OCR Cambridge Nationals

Within this suite of qualifications, we offer:

  • Cambridge National in IT


  • Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

Cambridge National in IT

Cambridge National in IT will inspire and equip students with the confidence to use skills that are relevant to the IT sector and more widely. It covers the use of IT in the digital world, Internet of Everything, data manipulation, human-computer interface (HCI) and augmented reality.

Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing encourages students to develop the practical skills and applied knowledge they’ll need in the business and enterprise sector. Students put their learning into practice and develop valuable transferable skills, beneficial if they’re considering starting up their own enterprise/business.

These courses will run alongside the current offering, and they are available within Yr9 and Yr10 options process.

Enrichment Opportunities


Please speak to your class teacher if you are interested in attending an extra-curricular activity/club for Enterprise.

Business Enrichment

KS4 student intervention and support sessions are run through the week by invitation. If any student needs any additional support, then they should contact a member of the Enterprise Faculty.


Crawshaw Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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