Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business A Level

About the Course

Students studying for this course have the opportunity to achieve the equivalent of 1 A level. They will learn a variety of concepts relating to how a business might evolve. From a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation, students will consider a range of different business types and gain an understanding of how the choice of business type might affect the objectives that are set. Students will also look at the internal workings of businesses, including their internal structure and how different functional areas work together. Plus, by looking at the external constraints under which a business must operate, students will gain an understanding of the legal, financial and ethical factors that have an impact. Students will also explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment, and gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business.

Exam Board

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 3 is predominantly a coursework based subject that comprises of 10 modules over two years. It is the equivalent of 2 A levels. 60 % of the course is internally assessed through coursework. 40% is externally assessed through examinations.


Grade 5 in English language

Course Content

Year 12: Students will study 2 modules altogether over the course of the year and will be a mixture of both internally and externally assessed modules. Unit 1: The business environment - External examination - double unit.   Unit 4: Customers and communication - Internally assessed. Y13: Students will study Unit 2: Working in business - externally assessed; Unit 5: Marketing and market research - Internally assessed.  Unit 16 - Principles of project management - Internally assessed.

Beyond the Classroom

Booster and catch-up classes are available each week for students who feel they require extra support. We also recommend that students take an interest in current affairs and benefit from engaging in wider reading. A reading list is made available to students at the beginning of the course.  

Your Future

The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions. Students will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills. Alongside this they will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and to manage their time effectively which will benefit students who are wanting to access an apprenticeship/workplace route. Many of our students continue on to further/higher education within the business/economics field. A Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate allows you to access degree courses as well as a wide range of careers including banking, politics, marketing, finance and law.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs S Walker
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