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Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business

Qualification: 
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Jocelyn Chapman

What is the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business?

A Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programs, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas/Certificates. The full Introductory Diploma is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

In Business, you will study six units over two years covering a range of topics. These will be:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Creative Product Promotion
  • Business Accounting*
  • Business and the Economic Environment*
  • Introduction to marketing*

May be subject to change*

Is the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business suitable for me?

The Introductory Diploma is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about the world of business, or is perhaps considering setting up a business themselves in the future.

How will I learn?

You will learn through practical assignments which will be set to cover the units. You will learn about the Business Environment, Business Resources and Promotion in a range of businesses. You will develop skills of researching, role playing, and working in teams as you work on your assignments. The deadlines for the assignments will be planned over the year and it is important to adhere to the hand in dates, so good time management skills are essential.

How will I be assessed?

The Cambridge Technical  Introductory Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

We are aware that OCR is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Progression

Students who have followed this course have gone on to a wide range of courses and careers. These include sports science, law, business and journalism.

Students can study the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business alongside A levels and other Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas. This provides the opportunity to apply for higher education courses, for example, Undergraduate Degrees, level 4 courses and apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. To study this course you should have an interest in the business world.

 

 

 

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business

Qualification: 
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Jocelyn Chapman

What is the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business?

You will study 18 units over two years – including; The Business Environment, Introduction to Marketing, Financial Accounting, Managing a Business Event and International Business.

Each unit is assessed by means of a vocational assignment.

As the level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is equivalent to three A Levels you must be very interested in current affairs and the business world. You will be studying decision making within a wide range of organisations against a background of changing environments. Much of your work will be set in the context of real businesses.

Is the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business suitable for me?

Current students have enjoyed marketing topics as they provide a chance to find out from real experience about a variety of organisations. Students like the fact that their coursework assignments count towards their final grade and that there are no exams. You will be required to use real businesses for your coursework in order to give you real world examples on which to base your assignments.

It is, however, a demanding course and students need to work consistently hard throughout the two years, often on more than one piece of coursework at a time, to achieve a good grade. There are, however, opportunities to improve grades on coursework.
Your skills in time management will improve over the two years and this will be vital for gaining good grades.

You will often work in small groups and you may well be required to present your findings to a particular task to the rest of the group.

The range of units you study is very wide, including the core units and those designed to facilitate more specialist study. The specialist units cover a wide range of business topics, including those concerned with business finances, managing human resources, marketing and event planning.

It is possible for students to study an AS Level alongside their Cambridge Technical Diploma course, although this is likely to be a challenging programme of study. An opportunity for work experience is included in the course at the end of the first year.

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom based lessons, workshops and the chance for independent study. In a typical lesson you will be taught relevant business theory, which you will then apply to the real organisation you are researching.

Homework will be a mixture of case study questions and work on individual assignments and is likely to vary from four to five hours per week or more when assignments are due. Learning whilst working or visiting businesses is also essential to success on this course.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of 18 units during the two years of the course. All of the units are assessed by coursework – and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. None of the units require you to sit a formal examination.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.

We are aware that OCR is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Progression

Students go on to a variety of higher education courses and jobs. Many students go on to study Business Studies or related subjects, such as Management Science and International Business, at University. Other students have immediately entered employment where they have taken up roles in businesses where they have the option of pursuing further training. Some students have chosen to progress into less related areas such as Public Services and Property Management.

Many students have found that the CTEC Extended Diploma in Business course has been a very successful route into university. The focus on one subject across a variety of topics provides an in depth insight into how businesses work. A number of students who were not considering university at the beginning of the course have been encouraged successfully to pursue this route. Our previous students have gone on to a wide variety of courses and jobs.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. To study this course you should have an interest in the Business world. 

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where applicable). Costs are outlined below:

Essential: £20.00 for 1 textbook.

Optional: you may wish to take part in field trips or visits for which a charge will be made.
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.  

 

 

Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business

Qualification: 
Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
2
Curriculum Manager: 
Jocelyn Chapman

What is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business?

The subject of Business Studies is concerned with looking at the world of business, how businesses are created, how they are organised, staffed and financed. In addition, the role of businesses in meeting customer needs is considered very seriously. The CTEC Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate is a one year course for anyone looking to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to enter employment or progress to other qualifications such as the CTEC Extended Diploma in Business (2 year course).

You will study a number of units over one year that will include: Business purposes, Business organisations, Financial forecasting for business, People in organisations and Customer relations in business.

The qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs at A* - C. You will study a variety of topics including the types of businesses, their aims, customer services, and financial controls on the way in which businesses operate.
The course will interest students who wish:

  • To investigate the world of business
  • To gain future employment in the wide range of job opportunities that are available
  • To progress onto the CTEC Extended Diploma in Business

This course must be taken in conjunction with CTEC Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate in IT

Is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business for me?

The most challenging part of the course is the need to meet deadlines for the coursework assignments. Your skills in time management will improve over the year and this will be vital for gaining good grades. You will often work in small groups and you may well be required to present your findings to a particular task that you have been set to the rest of the group.

Students studying this course over the past few years have appreciated the different relationships they have with teachers at college and the amount of individual support they get. Probably the most important challenge for students is learning how to take more responsibility for organising their own time so that they balance college work, part-time jobs and other commitments. An opportunity for work experience is included during your course.

How will I learn?

Lessons in the classroom will include a mixture of formats including group work, individual activities, guest speakers, role plays, using case studies, videos, and some formal note-taking sessions. You will find yourself working with others, applying key skills and improving your knowledge throughout all the units of the course. Some study support is provided in college to help students with their assignments and other homework. Students should also expect to spend up to five hours per week outside of lessons on homework.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of five units during this one year course. All of these units are assessed by coursework - and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and staff observations.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Progression

Success will give you a nationally recognised qualification. You will have undertaken activities and learned skills which make you more employable and provide the entry requirements for further education or training. During the course, careers guidance will be available to help you decide your future. You may feel ready for employment, or you may wish to progress to a CTEC Extended Diploma, providing you have achieved a merit grade overall. Many students choose to progress onto the CTEC Extended Diploma in Business following success on the CTEC Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate course.

Entry requirements

You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you should have an interest in Business.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery and calculators (where appropriate). Course costs are outlined below:

Optional: Trips and visits £15-20.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

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