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Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give you a work-focused alternative to A Levels. They’ve been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you. This will enable you to develop your research skills as you work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through your qualifications. The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so you won’t need to take exams to achieve Cambridge Technicals in Business. The qualification includes hands-on practical experience based upon real life scenarios and covers all core business functions - planning, HR, production, marketing. It also includes creating a career development plan and interview skills.

Course content


- Unit 1 Business environment The aim of this unit is to enable students to have an understanding of the different business organisations that can exist and of the ways in which they can be influenced by the wider environment.

- Unit 2 Business resources This unit looks at how a range of resources, including human, physical, technological and financial resources, are used within business. The aim of this unit is to enable students to know how these resources are used and managed within a business.

- Unit 3 Introduction to marketing The aim of this unit is to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of the marketing function, with particular emphasis on the role of marketing research and how it contributes to marketing planning and the development of the marketing mix for a target group of customers

- Unit 4 Business accounting The aim of this unit is for students to be able to identify the need for accounting and be able to create and use some of the most common financial accounts. Students should also be able to review business performance through the use of simple ratio analysis.

- Unit 5 Human resource management By the end of this unit, students will have gained an understanding of the factors that are taken into account by organisations when planning their human resource management. This unit will include how to motivate staff and how to measure performance effectively.

- Unit 12 Recruitment and selection in business By completing this unit, students will know and understand the process that a business has to go through when recruiting staff. Students will prepare documents necessary to help select the right person for the job and plan to take part in a selection interview.


- Unit 9 Creative product promotion When studying this unit, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the promotional process: learning about the promotional mix, the role of advertising agencies and the media, as well as gaining the skills to enable them to create a simple promotional campaign.

- Unit 10 Market Research in business When studying this unit, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the main primary and secondary research methods used to inform marketing decision making.

- Unit 11 Internet Marketing By completing this unit, students will understand the role of internet marketing in today’s workplace. They will explore the role that internet marketing has in the context of wider marketing and how businesses use the internet to maximise promotions and sales opportunities. The effect of internet marketing on society is also considered along with the challenges that businesses face in achieving a global online presence.

- Unit 13 Development planning for a career in business On completion of this unit, students will have created their own career plan, and will have gained an understanding of their skills and how to apply them as they progress in their career.

- Unit 15 Developing teams in business By completing this unit, students will know and understand the importance of teams in business and how teams are formed. Students will find out how teams should be led and identify the attributes and skills needed to be a good leader.

- Unit 20 Understanding business ethics By the end of this unit, students will understand the importance of ethics in business and the impact of different stakeholders on business decisions. Students will also learn about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the implications of CSR for the different areas of business activity.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a C grade or above in English GCSE, and those that have studied GCSE Business Studies are expected to have achieved grade C or above.

Future opportunities

The three choices open to you are:
- Employment - where you can put your new practical skills towards generating an income
- further education - such as a higher-level qualification at school or college
- higher education - such as a degree course at university; access to higher education is possible if you take the Level 3 qualifications because they earn you UCAS points

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sandon School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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