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Contacting the Team

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Business team by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:    

KS4 Business Studies

Business Studies is optional at Key Stage Four and is a popular choice with pupils. The following is key information regarding the course.

Exam board:

Parsons BTEC Technical level 1/2 Award in Business Studies - Syllabus & Past papers on the Pearson Website shown below.

Exam Information:

There is 1 external Synoptic element to the BTEC.

Unit 3- Promotion and Finance for Enterprise


Unit 1- Exploring Enterprises

Unit 2- Planning for and Running an Enterprise

Unit 3- Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

To achieve the BTEC level 1/2 Tech in Business, pupils must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units.

Pupils must achieve a minimum of a pass in all the assessment within a unit in order to achieve a level 2 pass overall. If the work does not meet the level 2 criteria, then the student will achieve a level 1 Pass, Merit, Distinction or a “U” grade if they do not meet the criteria at all.

Students need to successfully PASS all units to achieve the qualification.

Overall Year Plan:


Students can move onto BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Business if they successfully complete this course.Careers information

Typical jobs with a Business qualifications:

•Business adviser

•Business analyst

•Chartered management accountant

•Corporate investment banker

•Data analyst

•Management consultant

•Operational researcher

•Project manager


Enrichment opportunities:

The Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is an annual, national competition during which secondary school students aged 11-16 learn about establishing and running a business through a business simulation game.

Whilst this is an exciting competition in its own right, activities undertaken help to support schools’ curriculum objectives as well as further developing students’ confidence, employability and self-efficacy. Students


Also have the opportunity to compete for:

  • £2500 prize money for their school
  • £500 seed money to invest in a social enterprise benefiting the school
  • Specialised mentoring from a private equity firm to help establish the business
  • A winner’s trophy with the school name engraved
  • Winners medals for each team member
  • A once in a lifetime fun day out in London

Harborne Academy have taken part in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge for 6 years and Triumphant at the Regional final four times.


Useful websites and books:

Useful websites to revise BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise:


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