INTRODUCTION

Studying Business and Communication Systems will engage you in the study of business and digital technology and develop your practical skills in using software applications. You will have the opportunity to explore the changing role of digital technology in business and economic activities.

This specification will help you to develop a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of business subjects, while being inspired, moved and changed by following an exciting, enjoyable and worthwhile course.

WHY STUDY BUSINESS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS?

In studying this course you will:

• study business activity and how ICT has changed the business environment;

• develop as an effective and independent thinker with an enquiring mind;

• have the opportunity to develop valuable practical ICT skills in a business context; and

• use software applications to develop digital solutions to enhance business activities.

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THIS QUALIFICATION?

Unit 3 of the specification (controlled assessment) has a new title: Developing Digital Solutions. There is the opportunity to make use of the skills developed in Unit 1 and Unit 2 as well as the opportunity to plan and develop a digital solution for business.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

UNIT

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit   1:

Software   Applications

for   Business

Year   11

You   will study file management and the use of common applications such as word   processing, spreadsheets, databases, web authoring, web browsing, email and   presentation software.

This   unit is assessed in a 2 hour computer-based examination that is worth 40% of the overall GCSE   qualification.

Unit   2:

The   Business Environment

Year   12

You   will study recruitment, selection, training and marketing as well as the   implications of digital technology for business. In the context of the   changing nature of business, you will consider different roles, including   stakeholders and customers, and how best to communicate.

This   unit is assessed in a 1 hour external written examination that is worth 35% of the overall GCSE   qualification.

Unit   3:

Developing   Digital Solutions

Year   11/12

You   will learn how to plan and develop a digital solution for a business through   the use of software applications, planning and research.

This   unit is assessed by a controlled assessment task (marked by the teacher and   moderated by us) that is worth 25%   of the overall GCSE qualification.