The course is built around learners setting up and running their own micro-business throughout the academic year. During Term One they will pitch for finance to start and run their business. In Term Two they prepare for a work placement and in the final Term they will pitch for employment or investment. The course includes visiting specialist speakers and a dedicated enterprise day.
Personal and Professional Development (PPD) and pastoral support is included in the course. Social Enterprise is also included in this part of the programme, learners are usually split into teams and fundraise or run social enterprises as part of the qualification.
Work placement of between 2 - 4 weeks is arranged in the Autumn Term. Placements start in Spring Term. Learners will be given a specific, tangible problem solving task or project to undertake whilst in the workplace.
4 GCSE Grade A-C (Including English and Maths)
Learners must have a realistic business idea/invention, plus the drive and determination to launch a micro-business at the start of the course.
Ideally suited to school leavers or those who have recently finished a Level 2 or 3 programme and are seeking an active learning environment in which they can set up their own business.
Please note: All students on this course will be required to wear business attire (suits, ties, formal dresses etc).
Assessment is, wherever possible, through evidence arising naturally form their business, social enterprise and PPD activities. This then builds into a portfolio, which is assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels.