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Business Studies Cambridge Technical Level 3 at The Purbeck School

Course description

A Cambridge National in Business is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the world of business, combining theoretical concepts with real life practical examples. A subject that complements a wide range of other subjects, whether these are A Levels or other vocational subjects. Studying Business really is a fantastic stepping stone to allow the continuation of study in either Business or Business related subjects at university. Alternatively, skills developed and knowledge acquired would ensure you are well equipped to enter the workplace.

Course content

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business (3GLH). Equivalent of 1 A-level: You are required to achieve a total of 5 units over the two years of study. In order to do this, you will cover three compulsory units and two further units, outlined below:

The compulsory units are:
- The Business environment – to understand the wider context in which businesses operate and of internal functions and their interdependencies (examination).
- Working in business – to understand the critical skills needed in business, different business documents and organizational protocols (coursework).
- Customers and communication – to understand how vital customers are to business success (examination). 2 additional units will be studied:
- Marketing and market research (coursework).
- Principles of project management (coursework).

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business (720GLH). Equivalent of 2 A-levels: You are required to achieve a total of 10 units over the two years of study. In order to do this, you will cover seven compulsory units and three further units from a specialized pathway, which in this case is the Marketing pathway. The units of study are outlined below:

The compulsory units are:
- The Business environment (examination).
- Working in business (coursework).
- Business decisions (examination).
- Customers and communication (examination).
- Change management (examination).
- Principles of project management (coursework).
- Delivering a business project (coursework).
- Marketing and market research (coursework).
- Marketing strategy (coursework).
- Marketing campaign (coursework).

The optional units are already selected for you, as these are considered to be the most suitable to give you a broad understanding of Business. Whether you take the single or double award will determine which optional units you will study.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve at least 5 GCSE’s including a grade 5 in English and Maths.


Assessment takes different forms which include; internal assessments, comprising of assignments that are designed and graded by your subject teacher, these grades are then submitted and coursework sent off to the examination board. Assessment tasks are all designed with the learning outcomes in mind, enabling you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding throughout. Assignments can take on a variety of formats, including; written assignments, presentations or even through the execution of a business project. Secondly you may have externally assessed coursework that uses case study material given by the exam board. These are then marked by the exam board and graded accordingly. Finally there are external examinations that require you to learn course content and perform under exam conditions, as per a traditional A-level. The true advantage of taking the Cambridge Technical L3 Business Studies course is that regardless of where your strengths lie you are assessed in such a way that truly allows you to practice and prepare for the assessments.

Future opportunities

A Level 3 course in Business Studies provides an excellent foundation and can ease access in to a whole host of different career pathways, not just in Business related careers. The qualification can also be used to enter into higher education, with the course being accredited by Exeter University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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