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Skegness Academy


Mr T Pagliano 

OCR L3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business


The OCR Cambridge Technical is a nationally recognised vocational qualification that is assessed through a mixture of examination and coursework. The course is recognised by employers and universities alike, and contributes UCAS points just like an A Level qualification.  The course is graded U, Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*, and grades are calculated from performance across coursework and examined units in Year 12 and 13.

Please note this course is only available to Year 13 students continuing from the OCR L3 Certificate in Year 12.

Units and Assessment

Unit 2:  Working in business (exam)

This unit covers the fundamental knowledge demanded by employers; corporate communications, stakeholder engagement and time-management activities, in addition to practical skills such as completing purchasing documentation, writing formal letters and emails and organizing and evaluating travel plans.  This unit is assessed through a 90 minute exam in January, comprised of short-answer questions, form-form filling activities, basic calculations and producing formal business communications.  Students can sit the exam in January and May.

Unit 4:  Customers and communication (coursework)

Students will learn all about the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business, developing the skills that will help them create a rapport with customers so as to generate positive commercial relationships.  Applying the theory behind how businesses respond to customer needs and adapt their service provision, learners have to study an organization of their choice in-depth.  Practical skills are also developed as learners deliver and record a presentation on their chosen organization, whilst also participating in a recorded customer-service role play where they assume the role of a Customer Service manager dealing with an angry customer.  Other aspects of the coursework require students to produce their own press release and evaluate the effectiveness of business documents, providing them with transferrable skills that they can carry with them into the next stage of their journey.

Unit 11:  Accounting concepts (coursework)

Providing students with a core knowledge of basic accounting principles such as double-entry bookkeeping, whilst also requiring them to produce their own accounting documents such as sales ledgers, trial balances and bank reconciliation statements.  Students will also have to produce accurate and correctly-formatted purchase order and invoice documentation, and will also learn about sources of finance, the financial recording needs of different needs, and the principles of the accounting concept equation.

The Future

The course is vocational, helping to prepare students to enter the modern world of work, apprenticeships or to continue their studies at University. Coursework assignments are practical in nature and encompass real world learning at all times, in addition to practical skills such as presentations, role-plays and producing business documentation, supporting the applied theory of the examined units.