OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma

(2 A-level equivalent)

Subject Information

Business is one of the most popular subject areas at Key Stage 5.  Businesses are the heart of the economy.  They develop innovation, create wealth within communities and lead the way in enhancing the skills of the UK workforce.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma in Business encapsulate this through a wide range of units.  It is an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace or going on further study, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

This course leads to an OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business. Business is a good subject for those interested in careers in accountancy, marketing, management, economics and many more.


Compulsory Units:
The Business environment
(Examined unit – 1hr 30min written paper)Understanding the different types of business and how they are influenced by the wider environment.

Working in Business

(Examined unit – 1hr 30min written paper)

Understand how to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders.
Business Decisions

(Examined unit – 1hr 30min written paper)

You will develop your skills of business decision-making using multiple sources of information. You will also explore the criteria that businesses use to make decisions, considering many variables that will impact on these decisions.


Customers and Communication

Understand and learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. You will develop the skills that will help you create a rapport with customers and have the opportunity to practise and develop your business communication skills.


Optional Units:

Marketing and Market Research

Understand the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing decision-making. You will gain an in-depth understanding of primary and secondary research methods.  You will develop an understanding of the importance of selecting appropriate market research methods and you will carry out market research.


Introduction to Human Resources

Understand the HR function within a business and learn about factors affecting human resources planning. You will understand the importance of motivating and training employees to achieve their potential. You will learn how businesses measure employee performance.  


Recruitment and Selection

Understand the recruitment and selection process from a business point of view.   You will learn the different approaches a business can take to recruitment and the legal requirements which will impact on decisions a business will make.  You will also prepare for interviews which you will undertake in the future.


Accounting Concepts

Understand the foundations of business accounting and gain essential skills in, and knowledge of, the purposes of accounting, and the accounting procedures used to produce final accounts. You will consider the reasons for keeping accurate financial records and the importance of updating cash books and preparing bank reconciliation statements.


Financial Accounting

Understanding why financial statements are prepared in the way they are.  You will look at and prepare financial statements and understand the impact of legislation on an organisation’s accounting policies and procedures.

Management Accounting

Explore how businesses use management accounting information for the purposes of planning and control of cash and other resources.  You will look at costing and budgeting and use financial data to plan effective finances  and costs for the businesses future.

Business Events

This is a practical unit where you will develop the skills to plan and set up a business event.  You will support the running of the event and review the success of the event.

Further Information

Please see:

  • Mrs Carmichael
  • Mr Errington
  • Mr Eccleston