According to the UK government, in 2018, there were 2.2 million more private sector businesses in the UK than in the year 2000, a 63% increase over the period. Setting up a business is therefore one way of having a career and achieving success in life. At present many people are choosing to learn and develop business skills so that they can be entrepreneurial so as to make a contribution to society. The result of this has been an increase in the number of people self-employed as people develop the confidence, enthusiasm and skills to run businesses. Studying Business will help you to take the first step towards a career by blending technical and academic skills which are required by universities as well as employers.  

Business studies or we can say finding entrepreneurship – Being an entrepreneur means having the ability to generate creative ideas, plan courses of action and take risks to run challenging projects. 

Business studies teaches you about how to manage finances while effectively marketing your goods and services as well as planning for your company’s next stage of growth. The sooner you learn all these skills, better will be the results. 

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA Honours Degree in Business Studies. After graduation I spent time working in a variety of industries and it was whilst coaching football in the USA that I discovered my enjoyment in working with children. I joined Shireland in September 2000 and have fulfilled in a wide range of roles during that time. Currently I manage the Business and ICT faculty and I am the Careers Leader in the Academy.  



The BTEC Enterprise Tech Award qualification provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of Business. This qualification appeals to both UK and international students. It allows you to explore start-up businesses as well as develop essential skills to start your own small business. These include skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication and decision making. The programme also covers includes topics such as small business marketing, business planning and managing finance. 

You will explore some of the key areas within different industries, including: the contribution of enterprise and entrepreneurs to the UK economy; internal and external factors affecting startup businesses; planning and financing startup businesses and marketing and promoting a startup businesses. You will also plan and pitch a business idea in order to show your understanding of how to produce a business plan.


This is a nationally recognised vocational course that could lead to further education in Sixth Form in a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Business, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in Business, example degrees are; Business Management, Business Enterprise Management, Hospitality Business Management and Financial Management. This could then result in employment within a wide range of areas including: retail businesses representatives, marketing manager, bank manager and store manager to name a few.  

There are also a wide variety of apprenticeship opportunities available in the travel and tourism industry that can be an excellent way to start a career working for well-established organisations such as Jaguar land rover and Price Waterhouse Cooper. 


BTEC enterprise tech award is a vocational subject area that is assessed with both internal and external assessment. The internal assessment will include assignments that are completed in the classroom and on trips. Typical tasks are; newspaper articles, displays, reports, role plays and presentations. The majority of work is on the computer, this allows modifications and development of exploration work to be achieved before the assessed assignments are distributed. This means that students can often achieve grades above those expected as they have rehearsed work in preparation and have their own examples to refer to. 

The coursework will allow learners to develop a detailed understanding of how successful businesses operate. The second unit of coursework will develop skills in planning, pitching and running a small business.  

There is also an external paper-based finance/promotion examination for one part of the qualification that is completed in traditional exam conditions and marked by the exam board. 


The Business qualification will provide learners with a wide range of transferable skills useful for any future career. To be able to complete the course learners will need to be able to; 

  • Research different businesses, the reasons for starting businesses and how to manage the day to day activities.  
  • Communication skills (verbal and written).  
  • Have an interest in the world of business and keep up to date with current business news stories.  
  • Be able to work effectively with peers to complete practical activities both in and out of the classroom.


As part of the business qualification students need to collect evidence for the assignments which involves guest speakers visiting the academy and trips. This will allow students to conduct first hand research in order to produce high quality work.  

Information is provided well in advance for any trips and support provided to students where necessary.

Student testimony

“I enjoy Business studies, because I have learnt a lot about how to start up a business and why entrepreneurs and enterprises are successful. We had a trip to a dessert shop called Sweet Dreams where I was able to see how a successful micro business operates.”