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Business and Enterprise and Careers

Wightwick Hall School Careers Delivery Programme

Wightwick Hall School’s high quality PSHE programme also covers economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education. These areas are covered within the 'Living in the Wider World' core theme – and though not yet statutory, we feel are vital parts of any school's PSHE curriculum.

Our Careers education programme follows broadly the PSHE Programme of Study.

Key Stage 3

The Living in the Wider World curriculum for Key Stage three takes an introspective view of the learner. They begin the review their strengths, interests, skills, qualities and values and how to enable them to develop these in line with attributes that employers and wider society value. The focus in Year 9 is on objective sources of Advice, Information and Guidance with a perspective on having an open mind set in respect progression routes in work, training and other vocational or academic options.

Key Stage 4

The Living in the Wider World curriculum for Key Stage four continues and builds on that covered in the previous years with a focus on setting aspirational as well as realistic goals. A further introspective evaluation of skills and qualities and how their interests have changed or evolved. Learners will explore the changing nature of the labour market, employment and working patterns.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

The Living in the Wider World curriculum for Key Stage five again consolidates the themes from the previous Key Stages, with a focus on transition to matched to personal career, life goals, personal values, interest, strengths and skills. The economic wellbeing aspect is delivered explicitly through the Financial Studies course and Enterprise is implicitly delivered in an holistic fashion. The Advice, Information and Guidance is independant and streamlined for the leaner to incorporate their individual strengths, interest and their ideal next phase transition.  

Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Business

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

  • Theme 1: Investigating Small Business
  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity
  •  Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

  • Theme 2: Building a Business
  • Topic 2.1 Growing the business
  • Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
  • Topic 2.3 Making product decisions
  • Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
  • Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Assessment overview, Two externally set Examination Papers.

These  papers are divided into three sections:

  • Section A: 35 marks
  • Section B: 30 marks
  • Section C: 25 marks

These papers will consist of calculations,

  • multiple–choice,
  • short–answer
  • and extended–writing questions.

Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Calculators may be used in the examination.