Entrepreneurship and innovation
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The  entrepreneurship and innovation subject  prepares students for the important of planning, launching and leading a new business with a focus on creativity and innovation, new venture planning, entrepreneurial finance and managing and growing a new business. The course is designed around two mains idea: screening and recognising opportunities to create value, and personal innovation despite scarce organisational resources.
The Institute exposes students to autonomous and  independent learning, which will facilitate the development of their academic skills,  experiences and techniques required as they progress from one level of study to the  next.  Institute develops programmes that have a distinctive focus on entry  into work, delivering a curriculum that embeds employability, has a strong  commitment to ethics and diversity, and introduces students to contemporary as well  as seminal research. All teaching and learning reflect the expectations of  employers and society and should be informed and guided by external benchmarks,  such as professional and statutory bodies. In so doing, students completing a f oundation certificates for higher education will have the attributes, skills, principles and behaviours that will enable them to make  a valuable contribution to local, national and international commerce in the future. The contributions that students make to their own experiences, alongside the  experience of their peers, is invaluable. Student engagement and the student voice should form a significant aspect of a student's life. Institute gathers  student opinions on a range of teaching and learning matters, which would be used to  inform and enhance future practice within a programme of study and within an institute.

The qualifications give learners experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting the progression pathways in business.
The learning programme covers the following content areas:
•  business environments
•  marketing
•  finance
•  international business
•  management
•  enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The optional units have been designed to support progression to business courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.
They cover content areas such as:
•  human resources
•  accounting
•  financial services
•  marketing
Assessment is designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. All assessment is internal but some mandatory units have extra controls on assessment and are assessed using Standard Set Assignments. Additionally, some units are synoptic. Set assignment units  and mandatory units in the qualifications are assessed using a set assignment. Each assessment is set by the awarding body and may need to be taken under controlled conditions before it is marked by teachers.
Set assignment units are subject to external standards verification processes common to all units. By setting an assignment for some units, we can ensure that all learners take the same assessment for a specific unit. Learners are permitted to resit set assignment units during their programme. 

Internal assessment
All units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. Before you assess you will need to become an approved centre, if you are not one already. You will need to prepare to assess using the guidance in Internal assessment. For units where there is no Standard Set Assignment, you select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:
•  write up the findings of their own research
•  use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
•  carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
•  demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate processes.
For these units, we will provide an Authorised Assignment brief that you can use. You will make grading decisions based on the requirements and supporting guidance given in the units. Learners may not make repeated submissions of assignment evidence.

Language of assessment
Assessment of the units for these qualifications are available in English but can be translated as necessary. All learner work must be available for standardisation in English. A learner taking the qualification/s may be assessed in sign language where it is permitted for the purpose of reasonable adjustment
Specific Admission Requirements
Candidates can be admitted to the program only if they satisfy the  admission requirements  of the school. Recognition of Prior Learning
Candidates can be granted transfer credits according to the  general arrangements for recognition of prior learning  of the school.
There are opportunities during the teaching and  learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where we  refer to employability skills in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:
•  cognitive and problem-solving skills – using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems, applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology
•  interpersonal skills – communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
•  intra-personal skills – self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities
The qualifications are recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:
•  Higher National Diploma in Business
•  BSc (Hons) in Business and Management
•  BA (Hons) in Business and Finance
•  BA (Hons) in Business with Human Resource Management
•  BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies
•  BSc (Hons) in International Management
•  BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) in Marketing
•  BSc (Hons) in Retail Management.
•   BA (Hons) in Procurement and Supply Chain
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. After this qualification, learners can also progress directly into employment, however it is likely that many will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, financial services, procurement, events management, human resources, and other related areas in the business sector.
Accreditations, Membership & Associates

SpringBoard International Institute is accredited by Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Pearson BTEC, and NCC Education. The institute is part of SpringBoard4Education that is Cambridge Assessment English Authorised centre, and the British Council IELTS test centre. 

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