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What is Cambridge Technical Business?

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of how businesses work. It carries equivalent UCAS points to A levels but is a different sort of qualification, assessed through a combination of exams and coursework and focused on real businesses rather than a theoretical approach. You will study areas such as marketing, accounting, people management, business operations, ethical issues and consumer law. You will develop your skills in report writing, presentations and research. Above all, this is a practical subject rooted in business case studies and occasional visits.

Entry requirements

This qualification is designed for pupils who have passed five or more GCSEs including English and Maths. If you need to re-take English or Maths but are accepted into the Sixth Form at Kingham Hill, you are still eligible to take this course. There is no need to have a background of studying Business or Economics - but you do need to have an interest in Business!

What will I study?

Year 1: The business environment - compulsory unit (exam)
Examples of topics

  • Different types of business organisation: sole trader, partnership, companies, charities
  • Business functions: marketing, finance, human resources, research & development
  • Levels of management and hierarchy: What is a Chief Executive? Why do directors do?
  • The influence of stakeholder groups: customers, shareholders, staff, local residents
  • Responding to external influences: social change, technology, competition, environmental issues, Brexit, Coronavirus

Year 1: Working in business - compulsory unit (exam)
Examples of topics

  • Protocols (rules and procedures) which need to be followed in a business
  • Planning to hold a meeting: agendas, electronic diaries, booking a room, minutes
  • Factors which influence business travel arrangements
  • Understanding documents: petty cash, ordering stock, expenses claims, budgets
  • Prioritising: time, resources, urgency, importance, constraints, delegation

Year 2: Customers & communication - compulsory unit (coursework)

Examples of topics

  • Providing, maintaining and improving customer service
  • Communicating with customers: verbal, non-verbal, written, use of media
  • Legal factors, e.g. copyright, data protection, advertising standards, computer misuse
  • Ethical issues - moral principles about acceptable or unacceptable business behaviour
  • Case study work analysing the customer service of specific businesses

Year 2: Two more coursework units taken from a list of options - not yet finalised

Examples: Marketing; Accounting; Human Resources; International Business

Who will teach me?

Mr Evans (Head of Department) and Miss Harris

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of exams and portfolios of work - mostly written work but slide presentations and video presentations can also be included.

Successful completion of five units leads to the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business (equivalent to A level).

If you take this course for one year only, you would complete two compulsory units and, if successful, would be awarded the Cambridge Technical Certificate in Business (equivalent to half an A level for UCAS points).

Where could it lead?

It is a great introduction to the world of business - so it could lead you anywhere. Maybe a career in management or perhaps you will become an entrepreneur. It is also a good foundation if you are planning to study business or management at university.