Business Studies

Business Studies

(Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate)


Students will take five units, three mandatory units and two optional units. Everybody will study
the following mandatory units:

– The Business Environment
– Working in Business
– Customers and Communication

The Business Environment module will give students an understanding of the wider external
contexts in which businesses operate and of internal business functions and their

The unit will allow them to appreciate how legal, financial, ethical and resource
constraints can affect business behaviour and the influence that different stakeholders can have
and how businesses must respond. Working in Business module will give them an understanding of
the type of critical skills needed such as organisation, prioritisation and effective communication.

The unit will allow them to learn how to use different business documents and about
organisational protocols that most businesses would expect employees to follow. The Customers
and Communication module will allow students to appreciate how vital customers are to the
success of a business. It will give them an understanding of how important it is for businesses to
know their customers and what influences customer behaviour.

In this unit, they will understand
how to communicate with customers. The optional units cover a wide range of topics to give them
the opportunity to take a unit that is relevant to a specific aspect of business, for example
marketing, accounting, human resources or business planning. Students will develop transferable
skills that are valued by Higher Education institutions and employers such as:

– Communication
– Planning
– Teamwork
– Research
– Analysis


We have previously welcomed students from a variety of academic routes and it is not necessary to have studied Business at GCSE.

The most successful students show an interest in business activity, are creative in their approach to solving problems and are enthusiastic contributors to group discussion. Parental or student involvement in a business/management role can often be an advantage.


This qualification is assessed using a combination of:

– External assessment: which is set and marked by the exam board
– Internal assessment: where the teacher assesses the learners’ work and is externally moderated.

Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Students who don’t achieve a Pass
in a unit will be Unclassified. A learner must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded the
qualification they have entered for.


This qualification is the same size as one A Level so students will have the flexibility to achieve
other qualifications alongside it. They will take units which provide the breadth of knowledge,
understanding and skills to prepare them to study in a Higher Education Institution either on a
business related degree course or to support an application for a range of other degree courses.


This, combined with other qualifications, will provide students with the skills, knowledge and
understanding to progress into Higher Education on a business-related programme such as
Business, Business Management, Marketing, Business and Economics and Accounting. It will also
allow them to choose non-business related degree programmes or take them into employment.