CTEC Business - Level 3

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 (Single and Double)

Business is a real-world subject. Whatever your choice of career, you need to understand the decisions businesses make. Cambridge Technicals contain a large coursework component. They are a recognised pathway into higher education and employment, combining well with a variety of other subjects. The course can be taken either as a 5 unit Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-Level) or a 10 unit Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels).

Subject requirements:

Minimum GCSE of 4 in English and Maths + GCSE 4 in Business (if studied)

Teacher contact - Mrs M Boulton
Social Sciences Area Coordinator - Ms C Miller
Social Sciences Area Curriculum Assistant - Mrs D Last


Course Content

Mandatory for the 5 and 10 Unit course:

The Business Environment

Topics include: functional areas; ownership; stakeholders; business plans; organisational structures; financial information and the external influences on business.

Working in Business

Protocols, documents and methods of communication when working within a business.

Customers and Communication

Influences on customer behaviour and communication in business

Marketing and Market Research

How to conduct market research and target customers

Principles of Project Management

Project planning; internal and external factors that impact on the process

Diploma students also take the following units:

  • Business Decisions
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Campaign
  • Change Management
  • Delivering a Business Project

Assessment Criteria

Extended Certificate (One A-Level): 50% Coursework; 50% Exam Diploma (Two A-Levels): 67% Coursework; 33% Exam The qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* method (the UCAS points for a Distinction* are the same as an A* at A-Level)

Please note this course is one year only in the first instance. Only upon successful completion of the first year, will students be invited to complete the second-year qualification.

Exam Board: OCR Course Codes: Extended Certificate 05835, Diploma 05837

Are you interested in:

  • Understanding the environment in which businesses operate?
  • Strategic business decisions?
  • Influences on customer behaviour?
  • Marketing and advertising?
  • Setting up a business of your own?

Leading to a career in:

  • Retail Management
  • Financial Services
  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

This subject goes well with:

  • Media Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Geography

Click below to learn about the course from CTEC Business student, Alex.

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