We want our students to develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively, demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems.

A sound understanding of business concepts will help students develop as effective, independent critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Using an enquiring, critical approach will empower students to make informed judgments, as well as to understand and play an active role in the business world that surrounds them. 

Enterprise at Ashington Academy is an immersive experience, exposing students to fundamentals.  The subject allows students to be exposed to and learn from challenges in simulated yet real-world examples. They can meet entrepreneurs, and take on practical activities that test presentation skills, teamwork, and commercial awareness. Everybody can be enterprising, even if we don’t all become entrepreneurs! 

As well as following the curriculum, students will be encouraged to read for pleasure, experiencing a diverse range of literature as a platform for exploring new ideas, developing critical thinking skills and learning more about the world around them. 

Students enjoy enterprise because it is varied, fast-paced and fun. Every student is inspired to believe in their potential and to aim high. We live in a corporate world and the markets operate around us constantly. Because of this, enterprise is a universal subject. There are few, if any, careers for which an understanding of enterprise would not be of some benefit and 1.44 million new business applications were submitted in 2021. We have devised our enterprise curriculum with this in mind, students acquire a grounding towards knowledge, skills and understanding that they would need if embarking upon their own business journey. 

Curriculum information






  • What is an enterprise? 

  • Types and characteristics of small and medium enterprises 

  • Purpose of enterprises 

  • Entrepreneurs 

  • Customer needs 



  • Using market research to understand customer needs 

  • Understanding competitors 

  • Internal and external factors 

  • Situational analysis 

  • Measuring the success of small and medium enterprises 

  • Statement of financial position 

  • Profitability and liquidity 

  • Revision of all the finance topics in preparation for external assessment 




I really enjoyed learning more about entrepreneurs and how they have become successful and learning about financial documents. The coursework allowed me to create my own business plan, which I intend to use in the future.
Year 11 student