Deborah Malpas, subject advisor – business and economics
This blog was originally published in April 2021. The updated post refers to the redeveloped Cambridge National (J837) instead of the current (J819) version of the qualification.
Business departments may be faced with a choice between offering GCSE Business or a vocational qualification such as our Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing.
If you’re in a large centre with a big department and plenty of enthusiastic students, then offering both qualifications might be entirely practical. If, on the other hand, you’re a one-man band with perhaps just one class of KS4 business students each year, then you (or your senior leadership team) will need to make a decision.
There isn’t a one size fits all best option. Choosing which qualification to offer will differ between centres depending on your circumstances. This blog post aims to highlight some of the main similarities and differences that can help you decide which qualification is best for you, your students and your centre.
Whilst there are many similarities between the two qualifications, ultimately the specific needs of your centre, your staff, and your students may all affect your decision as to which qualification is the right one for you.
Note: the redeveloped Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing (J837) is for first teaching from September 2022 and included on the 2024 performance tables. The final assessment series for the current Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing (J819) will be June 2023 with a resit only series available for the examined units in January 2024.
You may also like to read our previous blog post GCSE (9-1) Business – How do you teach from home?
If you have other ideas and thoughts about how to choose one option over the other, or whether to offer both, please share in the comments box below. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com, call us on 01223 553998 or tweet us at @OCR_BusEcon. You can also sign up for email updates to receive information about resources and support.
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Deborah Malpas, business and economics subject advisor
Debbie joined OCR in August 2014. She worked on the redevelopment of our GCSE Business (J204) and the Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing. She also supports teachers through the development of a variety of resources, the CPD programme and subject communications.
Before joining OCR, Debbie spent over 20 years in teaching and leadership roles. She worked in secondary schools, a sixth form college and international school in Shropshire and Cambridge. Debbie holds a degree in Business Operations and a PGCE in Secondary Economics and Business from the University of Warwick. In her spare time, Debbie likes to visit family in the Midlands and also writes for Cambridge University Press.