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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 3, including a minimum of grade 3 in English Language and grade 2 in Maths, of which only one can be a Level 2 vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC/OCR) at Pass grade or above



Exam board: OCR

100%100% pass rate with 30.5 % gaining a distinction; 45.2% gaining a merit and 18.5% gaining a pass

BTEC First qualifications are designed for learners who want to study in the context of a vocational sector. The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace.

BTECs are vocationally-related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge

and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

They are popular and effective because they enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace.

To achieve the Extended Certificate, learners need to accumulate 360 credits. The qualification consists of the following units;

Methods of Teaching and Learning

This course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.


The course includes a two week work placement to give you a realistic insight into the retail environment and apply classroom theory to the real world.

Meet the Business teachers and students

To achieve the Diploma, you need to accumulate 60 credits. The qualification consists of five mandatory units (units 1 – 5) plus five further units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits.

Units of study

Unit No

Unit Name

Number of credits

Unit 1

Business Purposes


Unit 2

Business Organisations


Unit 3

Financial forecasting in Business


Unit 4

People in Organisations


Unit 5

The Marketing Plan


Unit 6

Verbal and non-verbal communications in business contexts


Unit 7

Business communication through documentation


Unit 8

Training and Employment in Business


Unit 10

Customer relations in business


Unit 11

Business online


Methods of Assessment

This course is assessed by OCR through practical projects and assignments. All units are assessed by the college and then moderated by an external verifier from the exam board. An overall grade, pass, merit or distinction is then awarded. This is equivalent to three GCSE’s at C grade, B grade, or an A grade respectively.


The college has excellent ICT facilities and internet access, and you will be completing all your assignments using office software. In addition, you will have access to text  books, case studies, as well as the work placement.


This is an excellent course for developing a range of skills needed in either the workplace or in higher qualifications. Many students stay in education and progress onto Level 3 courses, subject to achieving a merit or above in this Diploma course.


OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Business Diploma

Additional Costs

During the course students are charged for printing and there are also costs incurred when privately buying reliable storage devices to back up their electronic files.  Students are expected to present the majority of their work electronically to reduce printing costs but there may some occasions when printing is necessary.  In addition, a number of visits and a work placement will be arranged which may require students to make a contribution towards costs.


This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.