The Cambridge Technical course in business offers students the opportunity to investigate and experience the business world through a range of practical activities and research-based projects. Businesses and universities highly value the ability to independently research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions and students will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills, alongside other practical employability skills such as communication, numeracy, time-management and IT. This course is valuable preparation for progression into both higher education and employment.
The course is divided into modules, half of which are assessed via coursework and half via external examination. One module looks at how businesses operate, including: types of businesses and objectives, functional areas, organisational structures and use of financial information. Other modules cover communication in business and dealing with customers. We also examine how to work effectively within a business environment, including arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders. Students will apply their knowledge to a range of business types from small start-ups to well-known multinationals.
For further information, please visit the Business page on the College website, or contact Janine Roberts at [email protected] or Paul Jervis at [email protected].
The examination board is OCR.
There are five units throughout the two years, of which two are externally examined and three are internally marked coursework assignments that are moderated externally.
Year 1: A1 Unit 1 The Business Environment (examination)
A1 Unit 4 Customers and Communication
Year 2: A2 Unit 2 Working in Business (examination)
A2 Optional Unit 1 and Optional Unit 2
Individual units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The overall qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Prospective students should have a keen interest in business and a strong grasp of basic numeracy and literacy skills.
The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.
All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.
The subject relates to a range of exciting management and business careers. Students can specialise in the fields of marketing, finance or business management, or could combine business with many other areas of study at university. It is also an excellent preparation for apprenticeship positions, due to the emphasis on employability skills.