“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.
At Childwall Sports and Science Academy, the Business Team aims to develop the skills of young people that will be relevant in the real world environment either as successful employees, leaders or entrepreneurs.
All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world.
The study of Business and Enterprise at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. At Key Stages 4 and 5 the Enterprise pathway of qualifications gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the enterprise sector and that will prepare them for further study or training at a higher level.
Local context – Liverpool “The Enterprise Capital of Europe”
Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) predicts the creation of over 100,000 jobs by 2040 and a net increase of 20,000 businesses over the next 25 years. The ambition of Liverpool LEP is to become and “Enterprise Capital of Europe” delivering increased business density, growth and employment.
Building an enterprise culture is key to the success of these ambitions. This starts in schools like CSSA whose intention is to continue to develop comprehensive programmes of study to raise the business awareness, interest and stills of our students. The pathway of courses in place fulfil this goal and will promote innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise
Learners will acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise ideas part of their Key Stage 4 learning.
The qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic works scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.
Learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, which will complement their GCSEs. The qualification will broaden their experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.
Year 12 and Year 13 Curriculum Offer
ØPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about enterprise and entrepreneurship alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in enterprise-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
ØPearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship areas before entering employment.
Ambitious activities are those that take your regular curriculum further. They take the subjects you study in the classroom beyond that which your teacher has taught you or what you’ve done for home learning. For example, you may go into more depth on something you picked up in the classroom or learn about a new topic altogether. These activities are normally in the form of extra reading, but they can take many other forms, like watching videos online, downloading podcasts, attending lectures, visiting museums or entering academic competitions.
In the future, employers or universities will be interested to hear about what ambitious activities you have engaged in; they will be interested in what you have learnt and impressed by your efforts. Click here for further details.
Please see below some of our ex-students' profiles with details what they are doing now: