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Nottingham Academy

A Level Business



Business OCR

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended
Certificate in Business
Course Length 2 years
Entry Requirements 5 or more GCSE grades 9 to 4,  including level 4 in English and mathematics.

Ever wondered how businesses work, why some brands are so successful, and how some businesses make it to number 1 in their field? Or have you had ideas about a business of your own you want to start? Studying a diploma in business gives you the scope to develop a broader understanding of business organisations and practises, providing subject-specific skills and knowledge about markets, customers, finance, marketing, operations, communication, information technology and business strategy. Practical assignments set in real-life business scenarios help you learn, build skills and develop behaviours that you will use in whatever career you choose in the future.

Who will this course interest?

If you are interested in learning more about the world of business and like to work in a practical way, this course will interest you. This course develops the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding in a vocational context, building a portfolio of work. It is a practical qualification that will help you to progress to either higher education or employment in the broad business sector.

Course overview

The course provides a foundation for students to develop business skills and is engaging and practical. There are 5 units in total of which 50% is externally assessed. You will be taught through a mixture of group work, teacher-led sessions and independent study to develop an understanding of how to apply subject knowledge to practical and theoretical problems. The qualification is vocational and is geared towards the skills needed in industry and aimed at universities and employers.

The Business Environment External examination 120 GLH
Working in Business External examination 60 GLH
Customers and Communication Coursework 60 GLH
Marketing and Market Research Coursework 60 GLH
Accounting Concepts Coursework 60 GLH
Assessment structure

50% Externally assessed examination – 2 exams
50% Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework – 3 units in total

What could this course lead to?

This course is a recognised route into Higher Education. Students may progress to a Higher National Diploma or Degree course, Employment opportunities in retail, personnel, finance, HR, and Marketing.