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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Business Enterprise Key Stage 3

The aim of the Business Enterprise programme is to make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Financial Capability
  • Initiative
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience

Staff involved-

  • Mrs Karen Towe
  • Miss Jenna Boden


Key Stage 3

In St. John the Baptist’s College, we now offer this programme to all Key Stage 3 pupils. An outline of course content is detailed below:


Year 8

Pupils will be able to:


  • Identify businesses
  • Identify what businesses do
  • Recognise the difference between business owners-Soletraders, Partnerships, Shareholders
  • Recognise the difference between private/public limited companies, Franchises and charities
  • Understand why businesses set up/exist
  • Conduct a class survey
  • Display results of a survey using ICTStudents should be aware of when to select and use appropriate software for spreadsheets, databases and word-processing software.
  • Students should understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Students should be able to create graphics.
  • Students should be able to combine text and graphics in a variety of ways.
  • Students should be able to use word processing effectively in a variety of situations
  • Students should be able to use spreadsheets appropriately
  • Students should be able to create charts using a variety of formats and insert titles and legends
  • Identify how a business decides what to sell
  • Explain how businesses set their price
  • Be able to work out profit margins
  • Recognise different methods of promotion
  • Identify how a business sells its products
  • Explain imports and exports
  • Recognize good customer service
  • Identify some safeguards for customers


  • Design a leaflet
  • Use all features in Publisher

Year 9

Pupils will be able to;

  • Identify why production takes place
  • Explain the difference between goods and services
  • Gain a knowledge of where goods come from
  • Understand the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary production
  • Explain why businesses choose particular locations
  • Understand what is meant by the Chain of production
  • Design a booklet using ICT
  • Recognise the 4 factors of production
  • List the methods of producing goods
  • Understand how production has changed over time
  • Describe CAD and CAM


Pupils will take part in the Young Enterprise Quickstart Programme. Through this programme pupils will:


  • Work in small groups and start up their own mini company
  • Work together to come up with  a company name
  • Pupils will create a mission statement for their company
  • Pupils will come up with a slogan
  • Pupils will design a company logo
  • Pupils will assign each other a role in the mini company
  • Pupils will research and come up with a product idea
  • Pupils will design and complete their own market research
  • Pupils will decide on a price for their product
  • Pupils will set up their stall and sell their products to their peers and members
  • Pupils will evaluate their own performance


Year 10

Pupils will be able to:

  • Recognise the reasons businesses need money
  • Identify business premises
  • Produce a spreadsheet
  • Use all features of spreadsheet
  • Explain how businesses get money
  • Gain a knowledge of how businesses record money
  • Recognise the different methods of payment
  • Understand how profit and losses are calculated
  • Understand why businesses need people
  • Identify how businesses find people to recruit
  • Gain a knowledge of the selection process
  • Complete an application form
  • Complete a CV
  • Explain what is meant by the term reference
  • Understand the interview process
  • Recognise rewards for working
  • Identify the elements of a contract of employment
  • Understand the responsibilities of employers
  • Give reasons why employees get dismissed
  • Understand the reasons why employees use trade unions
  • Be familiar with the Health and Safety at Work Act