Business | OCR Cambridge Extended Certificate in Business | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0084-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and preferably maths. Qualification: OCR Level 3 Extended Certificate/Extended Diploma Awarding Body: OCR

Why this course?

This course will provide you with the relevant skills to pursue a career in business, work with a social enterprise, start-up, or to work in a large corporate company.

Every type of business environment requires the ability to be organised, to use office equipment, work with others, deal with customers, answer the telephone, write letters, complete business documents and much more.

Explore, challenge and develop your understanding of the business world by learning about funding, tax, identifying potential markets, grants, business set up loans, costing, marketing strategies, business planning, pitching, research techniques, enterprise skills and by developing innovative ideas. You will also develop the ability to plan and shape your business ideas by considering start-ups, marketing and how to sell your ideas to potential sponsors and partners.

During the course, you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of enterprise, finance, marketing and team building in business. 

  • Get individual support
  • Learn organisational skills
  • Develop customer service and digital skills
  • Work with others
  • Build your confidence

Start dates

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    I’m really pleased I chose to study Business at GB MET, all the teachers are really friendly and supportive
  • student Views Alicia Turner Business
    It’s been such a supportive and friendly environment which has made me comfortable and motivated to do well, the teachers have been amazing and very understanding and supportive and made sure that I am always on track with all my work and am aiming to achieve the best grades possible!
  • student Views Caris Hyatt Business
    I’m so happy that I came to study business at the MET. I have found the course to be highly engaging and the teachers have been very supportive. This course has helped me get into the university of my choice and although I’m excited to continue my journey I will miss the MET a lot!
  • student Views Anish Level 3 Diploma in Business

    The MET hasn't only helped with my career goal, it has helped me to discover my passion.

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and preferably maths.

You will also need evidence of commitment and good attendance.

If you do not have these grades you can start on the Level 2 course.

Entry requirements

Course content

This course aims to help learners become occupationally ready to pursue a career in business, or undertake a higher education programme. You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills through partaking in a work experience placement.

This course will give you knowledge and experience of a range of transferable business skills, techniques and attributes so that you can specialise in an area of business that interests you.

Upon successful completion of the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business, you can progress onto the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business or the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business.

  • Exploring business and management
  • Marketing and events
  • Personal and business finance
  • International business
  • Recruitment

Why the MET?

At the MET, we provide more than just your chosen qualification. All students are enrolled on a specialised Study Programme, which is tailored to your specific educational needs.

Through partnerships with local employers, we will help you become 'work-ready' through work experience, placements, industry visits, job shadowing and real-life projects.

There are also lots of free activities and initiatives for you to get involved with to help you make the most of your time at college. These are excellent opportunities to make new friends, help other students, improve your health and wellbeing, and boost your CV.


  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios.
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.
  • Library and computing facilities.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value.
  • Assessment

    You will be assessed through completing a range of internal assessments, which involve written assignments, presentations and role-plays and external exams.

    Additionally, you will be timetabled for directed study to enable you to maximise your self-study periods and use online resources.

What's next?

You will be ready for a career in business. If you have successfully completed the Level 3 Technical Certificate, you could apply to a university-level course.

Future careers

  • Marketing or advertising executive
  • Accounting or finance
  • Customer service officer
  • Human resources
  • Entrepreneur/small business owner

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More funding options

Level 3 Entitlement

 This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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