Business and Enterprise

Our business is business


BEDFORD is a specialist Business and Enterprise College and the enterprising ethos really does run through the whole school. All our students complete one hour of Enterprise Studies each week in addition to any Business Studies lessons.
All our students are given plenty of opportunities to take part in Business and Enterprise-themed activities and events, including Enterprise Markets, fundraising, Young Chamber and visits.

Department Staff and Responsibilities
R Puzzar Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator
P Dean Enterprise Development Co-ordinator

KS3 Enterprise
The learning journey doesn’t end as you leave school; in fact it is just the beginning. This is the drive behind Bedford’s Building Learning Power Strategy which for our students begins with the Year 7 and 8 Enterprise Curriculum.
Our students are introduced to 17 ‘learning habits’ and their meanings.
They complete a range of tasks and activities to allow them to develop these habits and to develop the tools and strategies they’ll need throughout their school lives.

GCSE Business Communication Systems

3.8 Unit 8 – Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Systems in Business
This unit introduces students to the importance of business and communication systems. Students consider how ICT systems affect the way people work and how they can potentially improve communication both internally and externally. Students are encouraged to consider not only the benefits of ICT in the workplace, but also the potential risks relating to the health and safety of staff and the security of data.

3.9 Unit 9 – Using ICT in Business
This unit introduces students to a range of software applications used to support each function of a business. It helps candidates to understand how a business can use software to capture, store, retrieve and analyse data so as to meet its requirements.

3.10 Unit 10 – Investigating ICT in Business
This unit is a controlled assessment looking at the subject content in Unit 9 Using ICT in Business. The work must be each student’s individual response, produced under controlled conditions.


KS4 Business Studies:
GCSE Business Studies course comprises of :
Unit 1 Introduction to small Business
Unit 2 Investigating a Small Business
Unit 3 Building a Business
Unit 1 & 3 are externally assessed through examinations at the end of Year 11.
Unit 2 is internally assessed and externally moderated. Controlled assessment is usually completed during the early stages of Y11.

This course gives students the opportunities to:
• Engage in the study of business and economics.
• Develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
• Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, build arguments and make informed judgements.
• Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.
• Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.
• Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

Unit 1 overview:
This unit concentrates on the key issues and skills involved in enterprise.
It provides a framework to consider the marketing, financial, human and operational issues involved in starting and running a small business.

This unit contains five topic areas.
Topic 1.1 Spotting a business opportunity
Topic 1.2 Showing enterprise
Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
Topic 1.4 Making the start-up effective
Topic 1.5 Understanding the economic context

Unit 2 overview:
In this unit, students will use the content to research, analyse and evaluate a selected task on enterprise issues.

Unit 3 overview:
This unit builds on Units 1 and 2 and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on practical methods used to build up a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, customer service, financial and people management. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the success or failure of a business. Students need to appreciate that organisational success requires an understanding of the business as a whole: the interactions between departments and the relationship between the business and outside forces.

This unit consists of five topics.
Topic 3.1 Marketing
Topic 3.2 Meeting customer needs
Topic 3.3 Effective financial management
Topic 3.4.Effective people management
Topic 3.5 The wider world affecting business

Extra Curricular Activities (Days and Times)
• Young Chamber – Wed 2.45pm– 4.15pm. L41
• B&E Homework Club – Y7 & Y8 Monday 1pm – 1.30pm. Y9 & Y10 – Tuesday 1pm-1.30pm. Y11 Thursday 1pm-1.30pm L43.
• Coursework catch up Business & Enterprise Mon & Wed 2.45pm L41 & L43
• Business Competitions
• Educational visits Eg: Alton Towers, Town & City Centres & Local Businesses.

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information