GCSE Business and Communication Systems

Why study the subject

Students gain a broad introduction to the Business World. They learn about recruitment, selection, training and marketing as well as the implications of digital technology for business.  Students consider different roles, including stakeholders and customers, as well as how best to communicate a message. They look at all these factors in the context of the changing nature of business today

Assessment structure

Year 11 Unit 1 | Software Applications for Business  - (Computer based exam 40%)

Year 12 Unit 2 | The Business Environment   - (Written exam 35%)

Year 12 Unit 3 | Developing Digital Solutions -  (Controlled Assessment – 3 tasks - 25%)

Year 11 - Topics Studied

Unit 1 - Use of ICT

 

Topics Include:

  • Word-processing

  • Spreadsheets

  • Charts

  • Databases

  • Presentations

  • Using the Internet & E-mail

  • Web Design

Assessment – 2 hour computer based test –students complete tasks using a range of software applications.

Department Staff

Mr A Twohig  (HOD)

Mrs S Barry

Miss E Hadden

Mrs F McCloy

Mr M Fitzpatrick

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Year 12 - Topics Studied

Unit 2 - The Business Environment  

 

Topics Include:

  • Business Ownership

  • Aims of Business

  • Stakeholders

  • Customers

  •  Communication

  •  Human Resources

  •  Marketing

  •  Implications of digital technology for business and customers

Assessment – 1 hour written paper – 35%

Unit 3 - Developing Digital Solutions

 

Students’ project manage and develop a digital solution for a given problem within a business context. – Controlled Assessment – 25%

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

  • Progress to Progress to Professional Business Services or Cambridge Technical in Business at A Level

  • Accountancy

  • Law

  • Human Resources

  • Marketing

  • Teaching

  • Public Relations

  • Banking and Finance

  • International Marketing

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St Mary's High School, Newry