This is a two year course and is the equivalent of two A level qualifications.
The Cambridge Technical Diploma is a broad-based business course which will give you the skills and knowledge that you will need for a career in the business world. Cambridge Technicals are accepted by the universities and are excellent grounding for a business-related degree, however, they will also give you the vocational experience for you to go straight into the workplace. The Cambridge Technical Diploma is graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Year One (In Year One you will study the same units as the Certificate qualification):
Business Environment (examined unit) In this unit you will learn about the different functions within a business and how they work together. You'll find out about the legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints under which businesses must operate.
Customers & Communication (internally assessed) 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.
Business Decisions (Externally assessed) In this unit you will develop your skills of business decision-making using multiple sources of information.
Financial Accounting (Internally assessed) This unit will allow you to look at the financial aspects of recording financial transactions and consider the role they might play in ensuring business success.
Resource Management (internally assessed) This unit looks at how resources are acquired and managed by businesses.
In Year Two you still study the same units as the Extended Certificate; Working in Business (externally assessed), Responsible Business Practices (internally assessed) and International Business (internally assessed).
Plus: Three Specialist Pathway units – either Human Resources or Marketing – all of which are internally assessed.
What could you be? Accountant; Marketing Account Manager; Recruitment specialist; Buyer; Merchandiser; Events Manager; Project Manager.
Where could you go? University of West of England - Business Studies, University of Bournemouth - Business Studies/Business and Law; Westminster University - Fashion Management; University of the Arts London - Strategic Communicationfor Fashion.
Recent student destinations: University of Essex - Business Management; University of Nottingham - Business Management and Economics; University of Bournemouth - Business Studies; University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
Minimum 5 9-4 GCSE grades including an English grade of 4 or above.
A mixture of examined and internal assessment.