Exam Board OCR 
Qualification Cambridge Technicals in Business (Double Award)




Merit in Business or Grade 4 in English Language or Literature



(Outline of


Over the 2-year programme students will specialise in Marketing and will secure an A-level equivalent qualification: Diploma in Business and Marketing (Equivalent to 2 A levels)

To develop this pathway, the exam board has drawn upon the expertise of organisations such as Alton Towers and BT to make sure students develop the skills required by those wishing to work in this dynamic area. By integrating both traditional and current marketing techniques and media, this pathway highlights the importance of market research in creating a marketing strategy that can be delivered through co-ordinated, multi-channel marketing campaigns.

The course is made up of 10 units that covers the fundamentals of Business but also a more in-depth and practical investigation of the marketing function. There are a variety of units and approaches to learning that make this course interesting and relevant to life today.


Assessment Students are expected to build portfolios of evidence for 6 of the 10 units studied as well as prepare for 4 external exams (entitled to 2 re-sits if required). The portfolio units are internally assessed and externally moderated. The assessment of units can take place at a time that is appropriate for students and the school (i.e. a student can present a unit for assessment as required).

Students will be awarded the following grades if successful: 

Pass/Pass – equivalent to grade E/E at A-level

Merit/Pass – equivalent to grade C/E at A-level

Merit/Merit – equivalent to grade C/C at A-level

Distinction/Merit – equivalent to grade A/C at A-level

Distinction/Distinction – equivalent to grade A/A at A-level

Distinction*/Distinction – equivalent to grade A*/A at A-level

Distinction*/Distinction* – equivalent to grade A*/A* at A-level


Careers Guidance Business Studies is one of the most popular subject areas offered by most exam boards. 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. This pathway will allow students to progress onto degree programmes such as Marketing or Business and Marketing. It will also allow students to choose a non-related degree programme too. It also prepares students to take up employment in business where they could be employed in roles such as Marketing Administrator, Market Research Analyst, Digital Marketing Assistant or Public Relations Officer.

Key Information

Vocational Business Studies (double) Course Outline


Transition Work

The transition work for Vocational Business Studies can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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