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, focused on real businesses.
You will study areas such as marketing, accounting, people management, business operations, customer service, business documents and meetings. As well as building a strong knowledge base, you will develop your skills in report writing, presentations and research.
The Lower Sixth is a foundation course covering a wide range of business topics. In the Upper Sixth, you will do more specialised work and will complete three portfolios of coursework. There are no exams in the Upper Sixth (unless you re-take the Lower Sixth papers).
Throughout the course you will be expected to take the initiative in building personal contacts and arranging business visits as well as wider reading and online research.
- Unit 1: The business environment
- Unit 2: Working in business
- Unit 3: Customers and communication
- Unit 5: Marketing and market research
- Unit 8: Introduction to human resources
- Units 1 & 2 are assessed with an examination at the end of the course.
- Units 3, 5 & 8 are assessed by putting together a portfolio of coursework evidence.
OCR (Cambridge Technicals)
This qualification is designed for pupils who have passed five or more GCSEs including English and Maths. There is no need to have a background of studying Business or Economics.
A business qualification opens up numerous career pathways, for example: banking and finance, marketing and advertising, business administration and management, hospitality, sports and leisure management - or starting your own business as an entrepreneur. Many pupils who follow this course go on to study business and management at university.