Business- Cambridge National

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Department: Business Studies

Level: The Cambridge National is equivalent to 1 GCSE

Duration of course: 2 Years

Examination Board: OCR

Assessment Method and Component Percentages:


The course is 75% coursework.  There is a one hour online exam taken in the second year worth 25% of the total grade.  All work is graded Level 1 Pass or at Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. 

What will I learn?

Unit 1: Introduction to Business

Whether a business is a corporation, private or public company or sole trader, they share a common need for structure, planning and the core functions to operate. This unit will provide students with an overview of businesses and what they need to do to be successful. This is assessed by external examination.

Unit 2: Planning for Work

The most important asset for any business is its employees. This unit will give students an insight into the recruitment process and help them plan for their own career. This unit is assessed by centre assessed coursework.

Unit 3: Setting up and running an enterprise

Enterprise is the life blood of business. This unit will provide students with the opportunity to take part in an enterprise activity within a business context. This unit is assessed by centre assessed coursework.

How will I learn?

This is a practical, work related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work place situations, activities and demands.

Departmental expectations:

You will be expected to be focussed and self-motivated, as coursework must be submitted on time and in detail. We also require students to keep up to date with current events and business news.

Career potential:

This Business course will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of business through the investigation of a range of business organisations. This will help prepare students for employment, Advanced study, training or setting up their own enterprise.

Contact person: 

Mrs K Farrell (Director of I-College)

Mr D Bailey (Principal Teacher Business)