Business Studies

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business

Course Overview

  • The Extended Certificate is for learners 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.
  • It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business
  • Exam Board: OCR


Course Teacher Profile

Miss Carter


Miss Carter is the Curriculum Team Lead for Business in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the extended certificate in business course you must have the following…

  • Maths Grade 4
  • English Grade 4
  • Business BTEC Level 2 Merit or Business Studies GCSE Grade 5

Year 1 Summary

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Business:  In this unit, you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.
  • Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance:  This unit includes aspects of both personal and business finance. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. It is vital you understand the financial decisions you will need to take throughout your life and how risk can affect you and your choices. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses.

Year 2 Summary

  • Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign: Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. You will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. You will explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign and develop your own campaign for a given product/service.
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection in Business: Recruiting the right people is essential to the success of a business. It is important that the processes and procedures involved in recruitment and selection meet the needs of the business and comply with current regulations. You will learn that successful recruitment is key to maintaining the success of a business, as people are often considered to be the most valued resource. You will explore the various selection tools and the enhanced use of technology in this area.

Careers and Next Steps

  • The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.
  • The knowledge you will gain in this course will prepare you for a variety of careers, including management, accounting, marketing, human resource management.

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