Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Level 3

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Business, OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate AF-BUSN3T-D(0000)002

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Businesses are the heart of the economy. Business develops innovation, creates wealth within communities and is the leader in developing the skills of the UK workforce. This OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 qualification in Business uses a range of units to introduce a number of key business concepts, such as how businesses manage their resources; whether human, financial or operational. The importance of marketing will also be investigated, and there will be an opportunity for you to create your own promotional campaign for a product. You’ll experience business recruitment processes and create and interpret financial accounts. These courses are ideal training for the modern workplace.

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English and Mathematics. Merit or above in a Vocational Level 2 subject.

Our Technical qualifications in Business develop your core skills and understanding of the requirements of the business sector. You will gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to focus on specific topics such as human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning.

  • Marketing – how Marketing Managers decide on the pricing, packaging and promotion for their products, including what colours, sizes and features it should have.
  • Human Resources – how businesses recruit staff and how they keep them through a combination of rewards and training
  • Finance – why is Jones the Bootmaker losing money? How will Vodafone raise the money to build their 5G network?

The mandatory units include:

  • The Business Environment
  • Working in Business
  • Customers and Communication 

You can then choose two optional units from: 

  • Business Decisions
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Responsible Business Practice
  • International Business
  • Business Events
  • Being Entrepreneurial


Lesson activities are wide ranging; you will use case studies to explore how business have acted and role play to practice interview skills. You'll also use computer models to see what happens when you make decisions and have the opportunity to hear from speakers to help bring the topic to life.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (50%) and exams (50%). There are five different units over the two years, including three mandatory and two optional. Two of the mandatory units are examined.

These qualifications will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education (HE) on a business-related programme such as Business, Business Management, Marketing, Business and Finance, Business and Economics and Accounting. It will also allow you to choose non-business-related degree programmes or take you into employment where you would continue to study.

"The course is informative and interesting. The deadlines teach you to manage time and work effectively. It has taught me about the business world, which has lead me to chose and apply for a business course at university."

Maddie Young, previously at Peter Symonds College