CTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year – equivalent to an AS Level)
  • Extended Certificate (2 years – equivalent to an A Level)

Course Description

The world of business increasingly influences our day-to-day lives. This course is an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments in the business sector. You will conduct investigations using work-related contexts and focus on specific topics such as Human resources, Marketing, Accounting and Business planning.

This qualification is for students who want to gain a Level 3 qualification, to support further study in Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) in business-related or any other sector programmes. You will also develop relevant transferable skills, through hands-on experience and preparing for the world of work.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The course provides a fantastic opportunity to develop a broad knowledge and a wide range of skills for use in business environments. Units covered are:

Year 1

  • The Business Environment – In this unit, you will develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate, in the way they do. You will look at a range of different types of business and business structures.
  • Marketing and Market Research – Emphasis on the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing decision-making, and the actions a business may take. Market research is the process by which organisations obtain the information they require.

Year 2

  • Working in Business – This unit will cover the 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.
  • Customers and Communication – In this unit you will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations.
  • Introduction to Human Resources – In this unit, you will gain an overview of the HR function and learn about factors affecting human resources planning, employee motivation, how to measure employees performance and the importance of training and development.

No prior skills and knowledge are required.

Two externally assessed units and three internally assessed units.

CTEC Business naturally overlaps with Portsmouth College’s E6 Programme, as most topics and course areas are applicable and integrate extremely well. For example, through Unloc you can learn how to set up and run your own business or enterprise. The E6 Programme can also help you find work experience or take part in volunteering through the National Citizen Service programme; both of which are excellent additions to your C.V..

The CTEC Level 3 Business courses provides progression to study in further education (FE) or higher education (HE). Business students progress to work in retail, human resources, finance and marketing, as well as a host of other careers.

There are two entry opportunities for externally assessed units in January and June.
The final deadline for all internally assessed assignments is the end of the second week in June.