The Extended Certificate is for students who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. The Business course covers a wide range of topic areas in order to offer students a breadth of knowledge which will enable students to go on to university or employment based routes.
This course is offered as a single (1 A Level) and a double (2 A Levels) but this is subject to demand,
You will study a range of topics, including:
• The Business Environment
• Working in Business
• Business Decisions
• Customers and Communication (diploma only)
• Marketing and Market Research
• Marketing Strategy (diploma only)
• Marketing Campaign (diploma only)
• Change Management (diploma only)
• Principles of Project Management
• Delivering a Business Project (diploma only)
The majority of the units are assessed by producing project-based work throughout the course. For diploma students, four of the ten units will be assessed by examinations. For extended certificate students, two of the five units are assessed by exams.
Students need to be self-motivated and able to work on extended research projects. Organisation and presentation skills are important as is an enthusiasm to learn about business. Links to organisations and the opportunity to undertake work experience will prove very useful in helping students relate what they study to actual practice.
Examination Board: OCR
Qualification: Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate/ Diploma in Business