OCR has a new way of rewarding entrepreneurial spirit.
OCR’s brand new Being Entrepreneurial qualifications fill the gap in rewarding the ability to identify and evaluate ideas that make people successful in all types of employment.
The popularity of TV programmes such as The Apprentice reveals the broad interest in what makes an entrepreneur tick. Up to now there has been limited opportunity to study this on the curriculum or to have it formally credited by a qualification. Through plenty of practical challenges, OCR’s new qualifications examine the mindset required for successful leadership, overcoming barriers and creative thinking.
Designed for use in schools and colleges at KS4 and post 16, Being Entrepreneurial are new Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications that can be taught in short, easily-accessible, bite-sized units. At 60 glh, teaching could be delivered in a variety of ways, over one or two terms or as part of an intensive burst of activity for a citizenship campaign for example. With exam-free, flexible assessment (in the form of postal moderation), these qualifications are also well suited for use in offender learning programmes.
OCR has worked with Tutor2U to develop interactive resources to support the teaching and learning of these new qualifications. This approach illustrates the value OCR places in providing engaging and practical activities to support our qualifications.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “Exercising good judgement and evaluating ideas are vital qualities for success in a wide variety of jobs, extending way beyond the business world. We believe these new qualifications will provide formal accreditation in this area and give a wide range of learners a new opportunity to develop and demonstrate their abilities.”
“I was also lucky enough to be a judge on the final of this year’s National Enterprise Challenge for 11 to 15 year olds. We are proud to support the Challenge and would encourage as many schools as possible to get involved. Meeting the winners and runners up of this year’s awards was a real eye-opener. The entrepreneurial spirit of the winning Year 9 team from Strood Academy in Kent was amazing. From my involvement with the National Enterprise Challenge, there’s no doubt in my mind that there are lots of young people who have just the right mindset and would be motivated by achieving a recognised qualification.”
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