St. Mary's

Business Studies

Is this course for me?

The Cambridge Technical is a hands-on practical course accepted by Russell Group Universities: an ideal choice for budding entrepreneurs and aspiring business students. You will be introduced to the real world business environment and will compare the UK to other economies around the globe. The Extended Certificate is a two year course equivalent to one A level qualification. The AS equivalent will be awarded on the completion of the first year of the course. Assessment is 60% coursework and 20% examination assessed throughout the year.

Areas of Study

Year one:

  • Business Environment (Unit 1) – An exam. You will develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do.
  • Marketing and Market Research (Unit 5) – an introduction to the foundations of the marketing function and market research. The unit will allow you to gain essential skills in, and knowledge of, the role of the marketing function, and the tools used to complete effective market research in order to lead business decision making.
  • Customers and communication (Unit 4)— you will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations.

Areas of study in year two are:

  • Working in Business (Unit 2) — skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders
  • Responsible Business Practises (Unit 17) – This unit introduces the concept of responsible business practices (sometimes known as corporate social responsibility). By this we mean how a business manages its activities to produce a positive impact on society. No matter how large an organisation, it cannot ignore the importance of upholding the principles of corporate social responsibility and of making decisions which seem right, fair and ethical for society.

Future Opportunities

Progression into Higher Education and /or into employment such as Apprenticeships. In previous years students have been successful with BAE, Civil Service, Siemens & KPMG. Accountant, Advertising accountant, Chartered management accountant, Company Secretary, Commodity / Futures Broker, Corporate investment banker, Management consultant, Marketing, Risk manager, Retail manager, systems analyst, Sales executive, Stockbroker, Systems Analyst.