The department aims to achieve the maximum potential of students studying for a business qualification, teaching in the most interesting and stimulating way possible for students using a variety of methods to encourage the highest level of student response.

Summary of subject content


Business and Communication Systems GCSE

In order to play a full part in modern society, you need to be a confident and effective user of ICT. This specification provides students with a wide range of opportunities to use ICT in a business environment.

Students learn how ICT systems affect the way in which people work and how they have the potential to improve communication, both internal and external. Students also investigate how it relates to health and safety and the security of data, financial planning, marketing, managing human resources and how to respond to changes in the economy and markets.

Business is a multi-disciplinary subject, including aspects of economics, basic mathematics and psychology. Students are encouraged to consider social, legal and ethical issues arising out of business activity from the perspective of producers, consumers and government. An active interest in current affairs and the business news is also important as this helps students to consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding of the wider business environment.

This is a GCSE programme of study and requires between 120 and 140 guided learning hours in total. Results are awarded on the scale A*-G. Activities which develop skills take place regularly in the classroom, using a variety of resources. Students are given the opportunity to practise a wide range of tasks.

Exam board: AQA

Further details are available at www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects

The GCSE comprises 3 units:

Additional Information

Students are not put into sets according to ability; groups are established based on what is possible within the timetable.

Revision sessions are also an important part of the department’s commitment to student progress. AQA endorsed revision guides will be provided in January 2016.

What can studying this course lead to?

The aim of this course is to help students make informed choices about further learning opportunities and career choices through engaging activities that help them to become effective, independent learners and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. This course equips students with the skills needed to go on to study at A level and then enrol on a graduate degree course in a business related subject.