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Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

“Teaching Enterprise & Entrepreneurship to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career” - Laura Lee, Head of the Studio School and Enterprise Teacher.

This course will help you make sense of the economic and social environment that surrounds you. You will investigate business start-ups, how businesses should manage their resources effectively as well as studying market research and developing a creative marketing mix for a new product idea you have.

Enterprise - Extended Certificate

The extended certificate in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is the equivalent of 1 A-Level and is completed over two years. During this course you will study 4 Units of work.


Can you name a famous entrepreneur? Do you understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? The first unit you will study is called “Enterprise and Entrepreneurship” and will explore the importance of both enterprise and entrepreneurs to the local and national economy. You will study their creativity and mind-set as you look at real-life enterprises and entrepreneurs and investigate the skills required to be successful.

You will then move onto Unit 2, “Developing a Marketing Campaign”. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed to then move onto develop your own campaign for a given product/service.


Year 13 focuses on Unit 3, “Personal and Business Finance”, looking specifically at how you will manage money and the financial decisions that you will make throughout your life. This unit will also provide insight into where you can get financial advice and support, a range of business accounts, and the different sources of finance available to businesses.

The final unit that secures your Extended Certificate will look at ONE of the following options:
Unit 7 Social Enterprise OR Unit 8 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.


Using the Studio School’s business and enterprise spaces, you will be assessed by your Tutors in the following ways: Presentations to different audiences, your peers, tutors and external visitors; Observations in debate challenges; written reports and investigations; the design, content and layout of official business promotional materials, and the completion of business plans.

The course assessment structure is a combination of internally assessed coursework and Edexcel-set controlled assessment:

  • Internal assessment (Y12 &Y13): 50% of the course is assessed internally through coursework. (Unit 1- Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and 1 x option unit).
  • Controlled Assessment (Y12): 25% of the course is assessed through an externally-set, 3 hour, controlled assessment. (Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign).
  • External assessment Exam (Year 13): 25% of the course is assessed through an external-set, 2hr, exam. (Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance).

Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Business department’s core resources are:

  • State of the art Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras used to capture marketing shots,
  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop used to create marketing materials
  • Industry standard financial software to support the building of accountancy skills
  • Open plan learning spaces help students to understand office dynamics
  • Copies of corporate annual accounts to help students to understand accounting

Trips & Enrichment

You are encouraged to realise quite quickly that enterprise is everywhere! This doesn’t just come from the application of knowledge around the economy, business structures, marketing and communication which you study in your assignments, but by being introduced to Creative business men and women who ‘walk the walk’ within the local economy of Kirklees. Here’s how:

  • Visit to the Kirklees Business Week to explore the economy on your doorstep.
  • Annual trip to Entrepreneur Live in Manchester to listen to interesting and inspirational entrepreneurs who love sharing their stories.
  • Meetings and interviews with engaged Studio School businesses who can support you in your coursework when you need insights into real business.
  • Planning, costing, organising and promoting a purposeful, real business/enterprise event.

Outstanding Results

  • 100% Pass rate achieved by all students.
  • 58% Achieved the highest grades possible.

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:HND/Degree in Business, Business, Marketing, Politics, Finance, Economics, Accountancy, Law and Management or a related subject at University / Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Accountancy, Banking and Finance / Self-employment / Career within Human Resource Management / Career within Marketing / Career within Retail Management to name but a few.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

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Fine Art Coach

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With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



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Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



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I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

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Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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